I have been fascinated with visits to Presidential Libraries. The history and the pride for our nation are found in these special archives. They are tributes to the many lives that stood with a single man in order to give him the strength, encouragement and support to be the primary decision-maker for the greatest nation on earth.
While the name of one man is engraved on the stonework at the entrance to these magnificent facilities, the faces of many family, friends and supporters are evident throughout the displays. Special moments in history are captured in the memorabilia. Modern film, computer graphics and audio clips help us relive those critical times.
Ever since President George W. Bush wrote a personal letter back to me, I have been eager to know more about him. I watched him through two terms of leadership and how he weathered the onslaught of political criticism with grace. His faith championed his spirit as a gentleman.
No one who serves in that highest office of the land wants to be a wartime president. Yet, history rarely gives that man the choice but instead imposes the circumstances of a hostile world on him. 9-11 was one of those horrible events for Dubya.
In his Library and Museum, there is a display of the twisted I-beams from the World Trade Center early on in the tour. It is a sacred moment for visitors. This location in the building gathers somber souls who relive that tragic day. Videos are on a loop for people to capture the timeline of those days.
Testimonies from people who were there are stirring to the listeners. Stories of President Bush’s encouragement, leadership and direction for the nation gave us all hope, fortitude and national resolve. I was glad that he was the one that God chose to lead us through those ugly times.
Openly and certainly, President Bush credits his faith in God for his greatest help as he led the nation. This was not a courtesy that he spoke of to engender favor among Americans but a real faith that gave direction to his own soul. Some aspects of Americana are deeply appreciated by the citizens of this great land, one being true faith in the One and Only True God.
Compassion and definitive actions marked this man’s presidency. History tells the story accurately. Real facts, real faith and real heart will forever be the commentary on the lives of George and Laura Bush.
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