President George W. Bush comforts Bronwynne Bassier, right, and her sister Kim after landing in Biloxi, Miss., Friday Sept. 2, 2005, as part of his tour of the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast. Their family lost everything in the wake of the devastating storm.
Mr. Shapiro is an investigative reporter and lawyer who previously interned with John F. Kerry’s legal team during the presidential election in 2004.
Just as Americans have gained perspective on how challenging Truman’s presidency was in the wake of World War II, our country will recognize the hardship President Bush faced these past eight years — and how extraordinary it was that he accomplished what he did in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
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.
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Finally, someone with the guts to stand up for W. I am so tired of the constant and ridiculous blame game. It’s George W. Bush’s fault that you took out a mortgage that you couldn’t afford. It’s George W. Bush’s fault that your bank used lax lending practices and went belly up. It’s George W. Bush’s fault that a Democrat-controlled Congress couldn’t reign in Fannie and Freddie before practically bankrupting the country. Oh, and who can forget that George W. Bush (at once a moron and an evil genius) was the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks on the WTC and the Pentagon. Somehow all those who hate him seem to forget that his administration has successfully implemented the broadest program to combat AIDS in Africa or that our efforts to combat terror and install democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan are actually working. He gets no credit whatsoever for keeping us safe from further attacks on our soil nor for any good he has done throughout his presidency. It makes me sick to my stomach that the American people are so malleable that they have bought into the notion that George W. Bush is a horrible president simply because he is not a skilled orator or a slick politician. If the loudest actors and musicians say he’s horrible, he must be horrible. I can only hope that history will be kinder to him than his contemporaries.
If you’d like to show thanks to President Bush for his hard work of the last 8 years, go to Jeffrey Scott Shapiro’s email link set up for just that at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Added: November 12, 2008
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