Yesterday marked the end of George W. Bush’s eight-year presidency of the United States of America. Although popular opinion was seriously lagging as he wrapped things up, I suspect that future historians will treat him in a much kinder manner.
This assertion is perhaps most strenuously supported by looking back in time to September 11, 2001. Americans were appalled and shocked to see their own sovereign soil compromised by a brazen and coordinated terrorist attack. No longer was there an assumption of safety and a feeling of personal security. There was a vulnerability that was hereto foreign for the citizens of the US of A, who for the first time, began casting concerned stares and panicked glances at anything appearing remotely askance.
The paralyzing question on everyone’s mind was, “When will the next attack occur?”
It never came.
In large part, we can thank the leadership of president Bush for the unexpected safety that followed and the danger that was avoided. In that light, everything else is of secondary importance, paling in comparison. However, it’s easy to loose sight of that fact when confronted with a present reality of a credit crunch, falling investment portfolios, plunging real estate values, and rising unemployment. But those things don’t really matter if you’re dead.
In essence, George W. Bush’s success at fending off domestic terrorism paved the way for him to be criticized about other relatively lesser things. However, when you look at the big picture of no more terrorist attacks, I can say a sincere and heartfelt thanks to George W. Bush — and I think history will do the same.