Former President George W. Bush re-emerged with his memoir, “Decision Points.” He’s been making the television rounds, and I’ve caught him on Oprah, the Today show, and with Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. In every interview, he is open, warm, honest, engaging, funny, charming—and wise. Yes: wise.
There were two other things that struck me about President Bush this week. The first is that he is secure in the decisions he made and leadership he exerted. And the second is that he believes—unapologetically—in America’s greatness.
Now, compare and contrast with the current president.
Bush is secure in his decisions, because he believes he was championing individual freedom, both here and abroad. You may take issue with how he did it, but you can’t argue with the man’s fundamental belief that advancing and protecting individual freedom is a noble enterprise.
Obama is secure in his decisions, because he’s a major league narcissist who believes he’s always right, you’re always wrong, and the Nanny State, run by him, knows how to live your life better than you do.
Bush believes in America’s greatness, and not only did he never apologize for it, but he did what he thought best to enhance it.
Obama doesn’t believe in America’s greatness; in fact, he believes the opposite: that we’ve been a force for ill in the world, for which he should profusely apologize and attempt to make “amends.”
When you put Bush next to Obama, the contest isn’t even close. Obama isn’t even in the same league as Bush.
Bush made mistakes. Obama is making cataclysms.
Bush was honored to have been elected president. Obama thinks he’s doing us a favor.
Bush is a class act. Obama is graceless.
In a tale of two presidents, I think the better president—and the better man—is pretty clear.
Miss him yet? Yeah. Me too.
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