George W. Bush
George W. Bush served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He is the eldest son of Barbara Bush and 41st President George H. W. Bush. Early in his term, the Bush administration withdrew from numerous international treaty processes, experienced a series of terrorist attacks, and announced a global War on Terror.
In Bush’s time in office, he signed into law broad tax cuts, the PATRIOT Act, the No Child Left Behind Act, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, and Medicare prescription drug benefits for seniors. However, in 2005, the Bush administration dealt with widespread criticism regarding Hurricane Katrina and dissatisfaction with the direction of the Iraq War. Although he was popular in his first term, his popularity significantly declined in his second term.
Well that’s enough background for now. Sorry for the history lesson.
At this point in my blog, I have been mainly blogging about inspirational quotes. In this blog post, I want to briefly break away from the inspiration. Instead, I will talk about a fun pastime of mine – reading George Bush quotes.
As far as my political beliefs go, I can not say I am more democrat or republican. When I sit down and think about it, I suppose I would compromise on being a conservative liberal. The point being, I do not side with the republican party all too often. I may not like George Bush as a president, but I find him endearing as a person. Bush possesses a naive, innocence that makes him appealing to me. Some of his quotes reflect this perfectly. At this time, I will share some of my favorite “bushisms:”
“And so the fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there’s jobs at the machine-making place.”
“I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.”
“I guess it’s OK to call the secretary of education here ‘buddy.’ That means friend.”
These quotes hold no significant meaning other than the fact that they are funny. There have been numerous articles in Harper’s Magazine, Rolling Stone and The Washington Post claiming Bush was “the worst president ever.” We can sit here and discuss in what ways Bush failed as a president or political figure. I am sure everyone could come up with multiple examples. However, I want to make it clear I am not speaking of Bush as a president. I am attempting to speak of him as a person. This may seem odd or unusual to think of Bush as an average person and not as a political figure. But in essence, we are all just people under our job title.
I admire George Bush for his principles. Other presidents have felt pressure to be accepted in the public eye. I never thought of Bush as the type to need to be accepted however. As Time Magazine stated when they named him person of the year, “Ordinary Presidents have made mistakes and then sought to redeem themselves by admitting them; when Bush was told by some fellow Republicans that his fate depended on confessing his errors, he blew them off.”
In short, I admire George Bush for not being afraid of who he is. In regard to my quotes, they may be funny, but they serve another purpose as well. The quotes show Bush as an actual person. Even though he may come across as rather…dumb…his humility still shines through-and that is why I frankly like George Bush.