It was fascinating to watch the dedication of the George W. Bush Library on television today. Four past Presidents were there to give tribute to him. It was really heart-warming to see the genuine respect that the Presidents showed to one another. It felt like we had gone back in time for a reminder of what our country ought to be.
I recently heard Carl Rove on television say that when President Bush was in office, and they were making important decisions, he was not very concerned about public opinion. He just wanted to do what was right. He would say, “Let history decide.” And then Rove remembered that he would add, “We’ll be gone by then.” As it turns out, his approval rating has already gone up dramatically.
I believe that President Bush was cultivated by his family, secret societies, and the powers that be, to accept the idea of an eventual new-world order, but his inner compass would not allow him to accept that idea fully. He had rebelled, and even had a drinking problem in his earlier years. He didn’t aspire to become the President of the United States.
In 1985 he became a born again Christian with the help of Billy Graham. Ten years later he was elected Governor of Texas. Before he agreed to run for the presidency, he is quoted telling evangelist James Robinson,
“I feel like God wants me to run for president. I can’t explain it, but I sense my country is going to need me. Something is going to happen. I know it won’t be easy on me or my family, but God wants me to do it.”*
I know President Bush wasn’t perfect. No one is. He undoubtedly made some mistakes. I sure do. But I am happy to say that I supported him then, and I admire him still.
* How born-again George became a man on a mission – The Guardian – UK, Oct. 6, 2005 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2005/oct/07/usa.georgebush