A bit about my history with the outgoing Bush Administration: I volunteered, worked as a paid advance staffer, and served in two transition teams for President George W. Bush from June of 1999 through the summer of 2002. I worked for him because I believed in his message of “Compassionate Conservatism” and I still think that he was the best candidate to become President of the United States in 2000. In 2002, I resigned from my presidential appointment because of White House’s change in direction for domestic policy.
I read with interest the transcript of the interview with Secretary of State Condi Rice and I have to agree with her assertion that history will take a much kinder look at Bush’s presidency than his current critics because of one unmistakable fact… we have not been attacked again. Yes, I know that the economy is in a shambles; our foreign goodwill is at an all time low; his approval rating is hovering around 25%; and he will not be up for any academic prizes in the near future, BUT all of that is secondary to the fact that we live in a world where there are organized people who have stated their wish to attack the United States again through terrorist activities and they have been unsuccessful.
For me, the saddest part about the terrorist attacks of 9-11 is the long-term impact on the presidency of George W. Bush. As Bush prepares to leave office, in my opinion, the presidency of George W. Bush was hijacked as surely as the four planes that crashed on that fateful September morning seven years ago. The event of 9-11 pushed all other domestic and foreign policy initiatives off of the table. The demands of Homeland Security replaced the promises of “Compassionate Conservatism.”
Dr. Rice defended her boss politically while everyone is taking pot-shots; my prediction is that, twenty years from now, Mr. Bush will be vindicated for his actions that kept his country and its citizens safe… even while they cheered as he moved out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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