One of George W. Bush's most compelling promises in the 2000 election campaign was that he would restore dignity to the office of the Presidency. He made good, for his part, conducting himself with decorum, as a steward of the lofty responsibilities of the Chief Executive, Head of State and Commander in Chief of the greatest nation on Earth. That was a welcome relief from the sophmoric Clinton years.
What George W. Bush couldn't control was the behavior of others toward the President. Something snapped in a lot of Leftist Democrats when the disputed Florida vote went for Bush, and rather than being assauged by the passage of time, the Democrat Left became progressively more looney, afflicted with what some have dubbed "Bush Derangement Syndrome."
American politics have never really been the model of civility, because Americans disagree about important things, but the craziness of the accusations against President Bush is surely on the short list of outrageousness.
In that context, what impressed me most about the man (and often frustrated me) was his humble determination to not return evil for evil or insult for insult, entrusting his reputation to divine justice. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to Him who judges justly" (I Peter 2:21-23). By so doing, George W. Bush did set a high standard of dignity for the presidency.
Thanks to the confluence of an epidemic of Bush Derangement Syndrome among Leftists and the communication technology of the internet, George W. Bush is probably the most lied about human being in history. A distinction he earned by steadfastly pursuing his duty as Commander in Chief of America's Armed Forces to defend this nation and its Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Public Opinion Polls of Job Approval have judged President Bush harshly, but "will not the Judge of all the Earth do right?" I'm betting He will, and that sooner or later, George W. Bush will be vindicated before men for his faithful stewardship of any President's most important duty. On September 11, 2001 the importance of that duty came into renewed focus, and I would gladly be first in line to shake the hand of the man whose leadership has kept America safe ever since.