There is a sharp contrast between these two men that goes far deeper than the fact that both men have occupied the oval office or still does, obviously. Bush came across a bit rough around the edges with a tainted history with his own admission of his drinking and carefree attitude as a younger man. Obama came across as a well educated, polished orator but with a history clouded in mystery.
Obama has been out of the country since the midterm elections, held November 2nd. Since his departure the American public has had the opportunity to hear from our 43rd President who has been on just about every news show whether it be network or cable news programs, touting his new book, “Decision Points.” The country deeply divided politically, is struggling to pull herself out of the dire financial dilemma that is attributed to the latter years of the Bush administration only for Obama to exacerbate the crisis by attempting to shove his socialist agenda down the throats of Americans who have for the past 22 months have raised their opposition to his form of governing whether it be the take over of private industry, to heath-care reform to cap and trade.
Bush reveals in his book according to the interviews that have aired on television that he thought in 2000 that his presidency would be about education. With the devastating events of September 11, 2001 while reading to a class room of children he realized his focus would change drastically and his responsibility was to keep America safe.
I attribute that day in our history as my own awakening of what was taking place not only in our country but in the world in general. Prior to September 11th I watched the news occasionally but was more focused on my every day life as a nurse, a daughter and a sibling to a brother and a sister and of course being a surrogate mother to my dogs who don’t realize that they are in fact dogs! Now I am more informed not only on the affairs of our country but globally as well. I have attended rallies in my state and boarded an airplane on the anniversary of September 11, 2009 to join others in our nations capital to send a message to this administration that the sleeping giant was awake.
While I will not attempt to paint Bush as being without fault, I will defend him on his attempts to keep us safe. That is something I can’t say about the present administration. Unlike Matt Lauer of NBC who focused on the three terrorist that was waterboarded in the attempt to gather intelligence that would in fact assist Bush in protecting America from further attacks. I stand by him in that decision.
In the aftermath of September 11th Bush took command and did what he felt was needed to keep a nation safe. He surmises that he “gave his all,” in his attempt to protect and defend our country.
In sharp contrast today we have a president who enjoys lavish dinners and vacations while a nation’s economy is crumbling and our currency is drastically losing it’s value in the global market. He has bowed before foreign heads of state, apologized for America. Toby Harnden writes:
Looking at the 43rd and 44th American presidents right now, it is worth reflecting that it was only the unpopularity of Bush and all he represented that enabled someone as inexperienced and unproven as Obama to ascend to power
I am aware that Obama spent four years of his youth in Indonesia. While there he gave a speech to the students who attend the University of Indonesia who greeted him with great fervor. One student compared him to that of a rock star and was left with the desire to hear more. Myself, I am taken back how a sitting President on foreign soil could make such a statement (in Indonesian):
Pulang kampung, nih (I’ve come home to the village)