‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Believe It Or Not, I'm Gonna Miss Him

I'm not kidding. This ultra-liberal, peace-loving,
Obama-voting Democrat is going to miss George
W. Bush.

I won't miss his policies, his agendas, his
posturing, or his stance on the war. But I will miss his ability to make me laugh, and his ability to laugh at himself. That ability is what made me decide I didn't hate him after all. I don't agree with him on anything - ANYTHING, but after eight years of tolerating him, I'm finding myself a little pensive about the end. Don't get me wrong! I am overjoyed in ways I cannot even express that I can now call my man Obama 'Mr. President'. And I cried today. Alot. And I prayed today, and sang today, and danced around my house today -- but I actually did feel a kind of unexpected sadness when I watched George W. and his wife get on that helicopter, and wave goodbye.

So, instead of the expected Obama-mania blog post you might have assumed you'd read, I'm going to simply say goodbye and good luck to GWB. George, I yelled at you (on the tv,anyway) for eight long years, but now I find you've grown on me a bit -- as a human being, not as a president or policy-maker, I must add. But I appreciated your ability to laugh at yourself in these last few years. And with that, I'll leave you with some of my favorite Bush-isms. Even when I was raging mad at some of the choices you made, I was able to laugh with you when you came out with one of your many gaffs. I've collected hundreds of them. Here are a few of my favorites. Hope you don't mind:

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."—Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in -- to kind of catapult the propaganda."—Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

"There is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it."—speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

"We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers, and this great country called America will be the pacemakers."—Houston, Sept. 6, 2000

"It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."—Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

"People say, 'How can I help in this war against terror? How can I fight evil?' You can do so by mentoring a child, by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you."—Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

And my current favorite, as it's so apropos:

"I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."—Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

So, goodbye George W. It's been a long, tough road. And I mean this with great sincerity:

I wish you well.


  1. Oh, GW. Man he makes me laugh. I'm pretty sure I'm laughing at him, however.

  2. Anonymous11:11 PM

    oh too funny. There's so much irony in his second comment about Ob/Gyns. What they love to do is control and butcher women's bodies! I cried today too watching part of Obama's speech. He's a fine looking man too.

  3. That is a crack up. He has cocked up so many times. You lovely thing for seeing the positive in his mess ups.
    Go Obama....whoo hoo

  4. You're kinder than I am. I am simply THRILLED to see him go. May he enjoy his years in privacy and may I never again have to hear his voice (which makes me cringe). I cried a lot today!!!! Hooray!!!!!!

  5. I'm glad you can find in your heart the ability to wish him well. I feel a sense of optimism today, your politics have always had a knock on effect here, tosay i have reason to feel hope about that and pray that your man keeps his promises. I hope we get someone cut from the same cloth to guide our country out of the darkness too xXx

  6. I'm sharing the same sentiments.I watched the helicopter bit yesterday, and there was a tinge inside actually kinda sad to say goodbye. But also very peaceful about the new leadership! Everyone seemed first class about it. NPR had some good coverage.

  7. A friend of mine once said he thought that then President Bush was awesome. When we all looked at him in shocked horror, he was quick to elaborate. "Not as a President, but as a friend. I mean, he's so f***ing funny, he'd made an awesome friend!". I've always thought that was hilarious, and have to agree with that friend of mine. I will miss all of the Bush-isms, I really will...

    Thanks for following my blog! :-) It makes me happy to know that at least a few people are reading my ramblings. ;-P


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