Decision Points

In 2006, I attended a campaign event on behalf of Michele Bachmann at which President Bush spoke. Afterward, a story emerged: Bush, Bachmann and a few aides were in a car en route to the Lake Minnetonka mansion where the event took place, and someone had written a speech for Bush on one topic or another. On the way to the event, Bush reviewed the speech and said, This isn’t what I want to talk about. Literally or figuratively, Bush tore up the speech. The talk he delivered, to an audience of a few hundred Republican stalwarts in a tent, was impassioned and impromptu. It was about leadership, the war on terror, and the war in Iraq. It was a bravura performance, and I was reminded of it when I saw the former President on Sean Hannity’s show tonight. I disagreed with President Bush on a number of issues and gave him a B- when his second term ended, but the man served his country well and he still has the power to inspire. Unlike his limp successor.
Michael Ramirez highlights some of the differences between Presidents Bush and Obama:
We once had a President who stepped up and took responsibility for tough decisions. Now we have a President who, child-like, can’t take responsibility for anything, and thinks that finger-pointing constitutes governance. It is a sad contrast.

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