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Dizzying Intellect » Dubya

Category: Dubya

Sweet!

Literally, I mean. This is really sweet.

Jenna and Barbara Bush wrote a letter to Sasha and Malia Obama, giving advice and their best wishes — as well as recounting some memories of their own, from both administrations. They were seven, Sasha’s age, when Bush 41 took office, and they spent their holidays and vacations at the White House, just like any kids would visit their grandparents.

Sasha and Malia, we were seven when our beloved grandfather was sworn in as the 41st President of the United States. We stood proudly on the platform, our tiny hands icicles, as we lived history. We listened intently to the words spoken on Inauguration Day service, duty, honor. But being seven, we didn’t quite understand the gravity of the position our Grandfather was committing to. We watched as the bands marched by — the red, white, and blue streamers welcoming us to a new role: the family members of a President.

Some of it’s purely fun kid stuff:

– Slide down the banister of the solarium, go to T-ball games, have swimming parties, and play Sardines on the White House lawn. Have fun and enjoy your childhood in such a magical place to live and play.

– When your dad throws out the first pitch for the Yankees, go to the game.

And some is serious advice that they may be a little young to appreciate quite yet. But it’ll click in a couple of years, when it really matters.

Many people will think they know [your father], but they have no idea how he felt the day you were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school, or how much you both love being his daughters. So here is our most important piece of advice: remember who your dad really is.

Read the whole thing. I can’t even imagine such a crazy magical place to be, as a young kid — and some of the mental images they conjure up are really pretty lovely.

President Obama

I know. Get used to it.

I feel like I’m the only one on our side saying it, but I’m ok with this. I’ve made my peace with it. Obama will be my president. I won’t defend everything he does — hell, I don’t expect to defend even ten percent of what he does — but I will defend him, the man, to the rest of the world.

It’s not how I wanted this to turn out, obviously. And it’s not going to all be good. But it wouldn’t have been all good anyway; not under Bush or McCain or Sarah Palin or Fred Thompson, or even Zombie Reagan. Could they have fixed our country’s multitude of problems faster than Obama? Well, we’ll never know.

I’ll freely admit that I’m nervous about losing Dubya as my president. I certainly didn’t agree with everything he did either, but I trusted him, and I know the terrorists are afraid of him. I felt safe sleeping at night, knowing he was on guard. Obama’s an unknown entity, so it’s a little nerve jangling right now. But the terrorists already hate him, so that’s a start. Not as good as fear, but a start.

I also see this as an opportunity for a new generation of young people — who no longer have to bear the frustration of losing (and losing and losing) and being unheard, and can now think freely — to get a sense of what it’s like to be proud of this great country, and to be a patriot. I know a lot of people doubt that will happen, and it’s certainly not going to be all of them, but some will get it. And once you get it, it’s hard to give it up.

Mostly, no matter how badly the left treated Bush, I refuse to sink to their level. Obviously, I’m among the few, but I have no aspiration to be like Kos or HuffPo, and wallow in anger and resentment for four years. That kind of gnawing self-destruction benefits no one but the enemy, and watching Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews revel cheerfully in our crazed wailing and gnashing? Nah, just doesn’t appeal to me, somehow.

If Obama fails us, if he raises our taxes during a recession, or releases the Gitmo prisoners to rejoin the fight against us, of course I’ll scream and denounce him. But he hasn’t done any of that yet, and his cabinet choices have been far more sensible than I ever expected or even hoped to see. So I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt until he causes me to do otherwise. That’s just my nature.

I hope I have the chance to thank President Bush in person one day, and I hope that I’ll have cause to feel the same way about President Obama in four years.

Update 6pm: And yet. Every time I think of Dubya and Laura on that helicopter, flying away to Texas for the last time, I feel strangely like an orphan.

Since it’s conspiracy theory day…

Do you think Dubya’s intentionally alienating his own party? That he realizes that he’s done too much damage, and that no Republican can possibly get enough distance from him to win in 2008, so he’s developed a brilliant scheme to push the moderates of both parties together? In the hopes that together, by sheer force of numbers, we can make the democrats nominate a moderate - or maybe even a conservative democrat! - in the next election, instead of another moonbat like Kerry or Gore? Stabilizing the country and uniting the people?

Yeah, me neither. It’d sure be nice, tho.

Can I get you wheelbarrow, sir?

FOXNews.com - Bush Nominates Roberts as Chief Justice

I had to laugh. No matter what else you think about the man, you must admit he’s got major fucking stones.