I know there are lots of people celebrating the “historic” election of Obama. While I do not share in the celebration, I am realistic enough to know that an Obama presidency is going to be a reality that will have to be dealt with. I think I have made my views clear on what I expect from this… but it is going to be what it is going to be. As the old saying goes, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”
However, before we turn the page, I think it is important to take a moment and look back at the disgraceful treatment that President Bush has received from far too many people in this country. I have felt this for quite some time and these views were crystallized by a column in the Wall Street Journal today. Jeffrey Scott Shapiro (who incidentally was an intern on the Kerry legal team 4 years ago) titles his column The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace, with the subtitle What must our enemies be thinking?
…Mr. Bush has endured relentless attacks from the left while facing abandonment from the right.
This is the price Mr. Bush is paying for trying to work with both Democrats and Republicans. During his 2004 victory speech, the president reached out to voters who supported his opponent, John Kerry, and said, “Today, I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust.”
Those bipartisan efforts have been met with crushing resistance from both political parties.
The president’s original Supreme Court choice of Harriet Miers alarmed Republicans, while his final nomination of Samuel Alito angered Democrats. His solutions to reform the immigration system alienated traditional conservatives, while his refusal to retreat in Iraq has enraged liberals who have unrealistic expectations about the challenges we face there.
It seems that no matter what Mr. Bush does, he is blamed for everything. He remains despised by the left while continuously disappointing the right.
Yet it should seem obvious that many of our country’s current problems either existed long before Mr. Bush ever came to office, or are beyond his control. Perhaps if Americans stopped being so divisive, and congressional leaders came together to work with the president on some of these problems, he would actually have had a fighting chance of solving them…
…The treatment President Bush has received from this country is nothing less than a disgrace. The attacks launched against him have been cruel and slanderous, proving to the world what little character and resolve we have. The president is not to blame for all these problems. He never lost faith in America or her people, and has tried his hardest to continue leading our nation during a very difficult time.
Our failure to stand by the one person who continued to stand by us has not gone unnoticed by our enemies. It has shown to the world how disloyal we can be when our president needed loyalty — a shameful display of arrogance and weakness that will haunt this nation long after Mr. Bush has left the White House…
While there have been times where I have disagreed with the President’s choices, especially on the Meyers nomination and the immigration issue, I still have tremendous respect for him and I believe that history will treat him much more kindly than the current biased media or his other contemporary critics. His greatest achievement has been the prevention of any further terrorist attacks on America for the 7 years following 9/11. Ironically, I believe it has been that very success that has led to the complacency that permitted so many to be willing to take a chance on an untested foreign policy naif like Obama.
Joe Biden said he (Obama) would be tested in 6 months. Wrong… its happening already! Note the provacative statements this morning by Russian President Medvedev about placing missiles on the border of Poland unless the US abandons plans for missile shield for Eastern Europe. Watch for Obama to talk a good game but ultimately fold on this one! I fear that this will be his modus operandi on this and many other tough issues on which he no longer gets to vote “present”.
But I didn’t really want this to be so much about what lies ahead…that will play out in its own time.
President Bush… I salute you for your service. I trust that God and history will judge you fairly!