Monday, January 19, 2009

My thank you note to President George W Bush

Mr President,

Today you leave the office you have held for the past 8 years. Just as it was when you first took office from President Clinton, the peaceful transfer of power will occur and we once again show the world why this is the greatest Republic in the world.

I can't believe it has been 8 years. I remember sitting up till 3:30 in the morning waiting for the 2000 election to be called, and when they called Florida for you, I damn near woke up the whole neighborhood hollering for joy. Of course we all know what transpired then.

As it turned out, your path to the Presidency while more difficult than any other in modern history, turned out to be the easy part.

The events that transpired on 9-11 changed this country and the world on a scale that still we have trouble comprehending. A enemy that does not value life as we understand it in this country, was and is, poised to take as many of us down at every chance that will present itself to meet some narrow religious or political view.

You have stood in the face of this opposition and held firm. There is not a soul that was alive on Sept 12 ,2001 that would have thought 7 years since we would not have another attack on our soil. This is thanks to your policy's put into place by your administration and Congress, along with the dedicated men and women carrying them out each and every day without fanfare. Only with the passage of time will the world and the nation see, these actions have kept us safe!

Your Presidency has not been solely all foreign policy though, you have made some radical changes on the domestic front. Changes that A lot of us will have trouble digesting for years to come. The kind of changes that make me want to put my head in a vice like in that scene from Casino with Joe Pesci.

I do believe you have always done what you felt was best for the country, and you have done it without worrying about what your popularity poll rating was going to be for that day. I admire you for that.

So as you fly off to retirement in Texas Mr President, thank you for keeping this country safe the past 7 years. I hope the country can muster the resolve to fix some of the problems we face now as you did with keeping this country from harm.


Thomas LaDuke

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