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Quotational Therapy: Part 42 -- Bush's First Inaugural.

President George W. Bush's First Inaugural Address-

Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos.

Read the entire speech here.

President Bush has always been classy, always gracious, and always above the fray, sometimes too much for his own good. In today's vicious political climate, with our ravenous 24-hour news cycle, not fighting back is often not a wise political option.

For the exacerbation of the crisis following Hurricane Katrina, George W. Bush could have easily directed anger and blame at the criminally inept Louisiana political machine. He could have blamed New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. He could have said "I told you so" to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, or any number of other officials. He could have even come out and let the FEMA Chief Michael Brown or someone else take the fall.

But he didn't. He stayed above the fray. Unfortunately, he gets too little credit for this.

But that's not how he operates.

Because he is a leader.

And leaders lead.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 5 September 2005 12:15 PM


The President has had so much on his plate. I really believe that much is expected from great people. George W.Bush has certainly been given alot by any standards!...Our country has gone through so many changes on his clock! Thank God John Kerry is not our President! I hate to even imagine what our world and our country would be like with Kerry as the leader of our country! ...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at September 5, 2005 01:47 PM

It will not be CNN that writes the history of George W Bush.

A lesson that Clinton could not grasp. And a truth that I'm not entirely sure Dubya thinks-- or cares-- too much about.

If dignity and grace and respect for the office are your lodestars, you may "blunder" into greatness.

We will see.

Posted by: a4g at September 5, 2005 07:10 PM