Sunday, December 14, 2008
I've never seen anyone move that fast. You move like they do.
I thought we had seen it all...until this. Earlier today, an Iraqi journalist took off his shoes and hurled them at President Bush as he was giving a joint press conference with Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki. Apparently the journalist wanted to send a message to President Bush during his last trip to Iraq as prez: “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!”
Besides the surprisingly comforting thought that our President has cat-like speed and reflexes, this wacky incident has helped bring some closure to my personal journey of making peace with a President who lives on the total opposite end of the ideological spectrum from me.
No matter how you slice it, being President of the United States is the hardest job in the world, and there are only three other people left alive on the planet who can understand what President Bush has had to wrangle with. Each day he has to stare into the cold, harsh gaze of history and find a way to deal with the imminent onslaught of judgments.
There are a lot of choices I disagree with, and there are a few choices that boil my blood. On the other hand, though, I never doubted his love for his country. In the end, he was a good man with a really difficult job; it could have been worse. Perhaps history will be kinder to him than we are now(26% approval rating).