“Thank you, George & Laura Bush” say former anti-Bush Chicagoan Democrats

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    14th November, 2009

    “If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them that a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these good, good people.”

    It isn’t often that something on the internet touches me somewhere I’d forgotten I had.  It isn’t often, but, it happens.  This blog post, which I have posted in its entirety below, is one of the most humble and humbling posts I have seen in the last three years, since I started writing this blog in support of my hero.  The starting point of the post below is that George Bush was NOT their hero. Until now.

    Thank you former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush

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    "We are sorry, President & Mrs Bush", say Chicagoan Democrats. We were wrong. You were right.

    You never know, one fine day we might see something like this written online here in Britain about Tony Blair. And not just because we’re burying him after a peace-n-lovin’ anti-Iraq war half-wit has hit his target.

    As I write, this blog’s post has received almost a thousand comments.  WOW, and WOW again.

    Article follows:


    We know absolutely no one in Bush family circles and have never met former President George W. Bush or his wife Laura.

     

    If you have been reading us for any length of time, you know that we used to make fun of “Dubya” nearly every day…parroting the same comedic bits we heard in our Democrat circles, where Bush is still, to this day, lampooned as a chimp, a bumbling idiot, and a poor, clumsy public speaker.

    Oh, how we RAILED against Bush in 2000…and how we RAILED against the surge in support Bush received post-9/11 when he went to Ground Zero and stood there with his bullhorn in the ruins on that hideous day.

    We were convinced that ANYONE who was president would have done what Bush did, and would have set that right tone of leadership in the wake of that disaster.  President Gore, President Perot, President Nader, you name it.  ANYONE, we assumed, would have filled that role perfectly.

    Well, we told you before how much the current president, Dr. Utopia, made us realize just how wrong we were about Bush.  We shudder to think what Dr. Utopia would have done post-9/11.  He would have not gone there with a bullhorn and struck that right tone.  More likely than not, he would have been his usual fey, apologetic self and waxed professorially about how evil America is and how justified Muslims are for attacking us, with a sidebar on how good the attacks were because they would humble us.

    Honestly, we don’t think President Gore would have been much better that day.  The world needed George W. Bush, his bullhorn, and his indominable spirit that day…and we will forever be grateful to this man for that.

    As we will always be grateful for what George and Laura Bush did this week, with no media attention, when they very quietly went to Ft. Hood and met personally with the families of the victims of this terrorist attack.

    FOR HOURS.

    The Bushes went and met privately with these families for HOURS, hugging them, holding them, comforting them.

    If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them that a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these good, good people.

    You may be as surprised by this as we are ourselves, but from this day forward George W. and Laura Bush are now on the same list for us as the Clintons, Geraldine Ferraro, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and the other political figures we keep in our hearts and never allow anyone to badmouth.

    Criticize their policies academically and intelligently and discuss the Bush presidency in historical and political terms…but you mess with the Bushes personally and, from this day forward, you’ll answer to us.

    We hope someday to be able to thank George W. and Laura in person for all they’ve done, and continue to do.  They didn’t have to head to Ft. Hood.  That was not their responsibility.

    The Obamas should have done that.

    But didn’t.

    Wouldn’t.

    Thank goodness George W. is still on his watch, with wonderful Laura at his side.

    We are blessed as a nation to have these two out there…just as we are blessed to have the Clintons on the job, traveling the world doing the good they do.

    And we are blessed to have Dick Cheney, wherever he is, keeping tabs on all that’s going on and speaking out when the current administration does anything too reckless and dangerous.

    Cheney’s someone else we villainized and maligned in the past who we were also wrong about.  There has never been a Vice President, including Gore, Biden, or Mondale, who was more supportive of gay rights than “Darth Cheney”. There has never been a Vice President more spot-on right about the dangers facing this country from Islamic terrorism.

    We live in strange, strange times indeed.

    We are now officially committed fans of George W. and Laura Bush.  We are fans of Dick Cheney.  Our gratitude for them makes us newly protective of them, and the continued role they play in this country.

    After the primary battle of 2008, we never thought we’d go back to Texas for anything, but sometime in 2010 we want to find some event in Dallas the Bushes will be at so at least one of us can go up to them, tell them we are deeply sorry for ever thinking ill of them, and thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their service to America.

    We’re sure they will just stare at us and wonder why these gay Chicagoans are crying, but we don’t think we can get through a meeting with them without being emotional.

    What they did at Ft. Hood for those families humbles us.  Every day, the Bushes are most likely doing something just like it behind the scenes.

    We hope if any of you encounter them you will let them know this is deeply appreciated beyond partisan lines.

    We will never look at the Bushes, the Bush presidencies, or their legacies the same again…and someday when his presidential library is built, we will be so proud to visit there and tell anyone will listen about November 10th, 2009, the day we finally appreciated former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura.

    Thank you for your service, Mr. President.  We’re sorry we didn’t appreciate you while you were in office, but we thank Heaven we’ve wised up and can see the good you are out there doing, under the radar, today.

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    NOTE: Because some of you wanted to re-read it again and have emailed us to ask for it, here’s what we said to President Bush on January 20th, at the beginning of The Golden Age of Hope and Change and Unicorns.

    It’s actually really interesting to read the comments from way back then, to see either how mad at us people were that we dared to say anything nice about Bush or how pleased others out there were that Hillary Dems weren’t being evil to the man as he left office.


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    And if you’re eyes are dry enough don’t forget to read this earlier one from these guys. It was written as GW Bush left office in January. Oh, if we’d known then what we know now…

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    President George W Bush offers comfort. Ground Zero, 9/11.




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    5 Responses to ““Thank you, George & Laura Bush” say former anti-Bush Chicagoan Democrats”

    1. Little Ole American Says:

      Yup, that’s my Prez and my First Lady, both good Americans. Thank you for this.
      Your own blog came to be because of your realization that Tony Blair was NOT the bad guy you had at first thought he was. It is only fitting you found an American blog that was a mirrored situation. Good for both of you!

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Little Ole American,

        Not quite accurate as far as my feelings for Blair are concerned. I never thought he was a ‘bad guy’. I just suppported a different party than his, for reasons of policy. But I often found myself thinking that he and I were in agreement about a lot of things. And I was very proud of him after 9/11 and when he articulated the threat from terror, as only he could.

        I did have some doubts about the Iraq invasion at the start, but not from any deep understanding, just from the press-inspired simple argument that was widespread (and still is) – i.e. Iraq did not bomb us, so why are we bombing them. As time went on I began to understand that it is a far more complex picture than the simple-minded like to paint it. It has to do with relationships and threats across the region and with previous experience of Saddam’s regime and his intentions.

        One of the pities of it all is that there is no keeness for international responsibility as Blair articulated it so well in 1999 and again this year. Another shortfall is that so much was dependent on the WMD business. Now that has become a stick with which to beat our then leaders.

        Perhaps it is time we DID look at “regime change” as a valid reason for helping millions who are subjugated and murdered by dictators.

        The WMD issue and whether or not they then existed became a distraction from the real issues.

        Anyway, that was a great post from that site, wasn’t it?

    2. Caela Says:

      George Bush was basically a decent man and one that is gravely wronged by the mainstream media.

      You might want to read these as well:
      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/dec/22/bush-cheney-comforted-troops-privately/print/

      http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/07/why_im_thankful_for_george_w_b.html

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        The hatred was got up by the anti-war Left, as it was here against Blair. The same ones who are now finding themselves in a pickle over the trial of those poor guys who blew up the Twin Towers.

        I miss Bush. Almost as much as I miss Blair. And I never would have expected to miss GWB, since if I were American I would likely have voted Democrat (at least when he first came into office. Not the second time round though. I’d worked it out by then … more or less!)

        And Cheney too. Good to see that they have been visiting the troops, quietly, without fanfare or publicity.

    3. tess Says:

      We too have had to eat our words..AND some humble pie President and Mr;s Bush are deeply missed…God just to have some patriotism and class back in thew Whitehouse …would be a huge gift! We love you President and Mrs. Bush, and thank you!

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