Monday, January 19, 2009

My Farewell Letter To George W. Bush

George W. Bush
c/o The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

January 19, 2009

Dear President Bush,

As we begin the process of inauguration for a new President, and you prepare to leave office, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank you for your eight years of service to our country.

Most of all, I wanted to thank you for keeping us safe in the seven years after the horrible terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001. I heard your recent speech where you said that most American's lives returned to normal shortly after the attacks…but that yours never did. This is one of the things that I admire most about you. While we all felt the sense of anger, determination, and resolve in the days following 9/11, many of us allowed ourselves to fall back on old comforts, forgetting the dangers and focusing on other things in our lives. But you never did. I read that every morning, you were given an intelligence briefing regarding our enemy, and every day you made decisions about how to keep our country safe.

You succeeded.

A lesser man would have stopped after the war in Afghanistan, keeping his eye on polls and doing the easy thing to remain popular. After all, your approval ratings were in the 90s at this point. If you were truly only a political animal, you would have done exactly that. But you are a man of character – you never forgot the lessons of 9/11, no matter how fickle (or in some cases, how hostile) others became. History will show that your having the backbone to stay firm and suggest the surge in Iraq was the turning point – not only in that war, but in the history of the Middle East. While keeping us safe, you also liberated 50 million people who had previously only known tyranny and oppression. Now, those same people can proudly vote for their own leaders – a right that we all but take for granted in our country.

Throughout your eight years, you have remained humble and kind. While others insulted you and falsely accused you time after time of horrible things, you never acted in kind. You remained a gentleman. Sometimes I would get angry at your opponents and want you to fight back, to get down on their level. But I am so proud of you that you did not. You were truly an example of someone who stuck to their principles and didn’t allow the culture of Washington D.C. to change them.

I don’t know what your future plans are, but I hope you can relax and reflect on the impact you have had on our country, and our world. I know I speak for millions when I say that your service, and your courage, did not go unnoticed.

May God Bless you and your wonderful family. And May God continue to bless America.


Paul Burch

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