After 8 years the Bush presidency comes to an end today and I'm already missing him. I also have a good feeling that history will be much kinder to him his contemporaries are now (remember that Harry Truman also left office low in the polls, but his stature has improved immensely since). For most conservatives President Bush's legacy is mixed, for liberals the hate continues and will continue till eternity (it's just their way). Me? I'll be forever grateful for keeping me and my family safe, for sticking to his principles and for being an outstanding American citizen that we all can take inspiration from. Sure President Bush made some mistakes along the way, but he never wavered from the fact that any decision he made was made in the best interests of our country. That resolve should serve him well as he leaves the White House.
So with this time I just wanted to say Thank You Mr. President:
Thank You for making sure America would not have another terrorist attack on its soil after 9/11.
Thank You for toppling the treacherous reign of Saddam Hussein and bringing a functional democracy to Iraq.
Thank You for the successful No Child Left Behind act which holds schools and teachers more accountable for our children's education.
Thank You for appointing two superior, conservative judges, John Roberts and Samuel Alito, to the Supreme Court.
Thank You for your taking on and defeating so much of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan to the point that they're largely marginalized.
Thank You for having the fortitude to ignore the naysayers in our own country who preached nothing but hate against you, wished for your downfall, lied about you and cheered your every misstep.
Thank You for your standing on your principles by restricting stem-cell research.
Thank You for 52 straight weeks of job growth.
Thank You for giving more aide to Africa than any President before you, it's estimated that you've saved over 10 million lives with the programs you instituted to fight malaria and AIDS.
Thank You for strengthening our ties globally, with Eastern Asia and India in particular.
Thank You for getting the Taliban out of Afghanistan.
Thank You for championing freedom in Latin America with your Millennium Challenge Account.
Thank You for the support and love you always showed our troops, meeting with grieving families, visiting wounded soldiers.
Thank You for having the fortitude to defeat the likes of Al Gore and John Kerry in elections, each of whom would've certainly ran our country into the ground if given the chance.
Thank You for adopting the Infant Adoption Awareness Act which has matched over 3000 children with parents.
Thank You for signing the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.
Thank You for promoting abstinence.
Thank You for passing on the global-warning friendly Kyoto Treaty.
Thank You for the Best First Lady ever in Laura Bush.
Thank You for stopping federally-funded cloning by vetoing two liberal-sponsored bills.
Thank You for all your efforts to protect and help those in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina.
Thank You for the enhanced methods of interrogating terrorists.
Thank You for enacting the successful Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit.
Thank You for the surge.
Thank You for reaching across party lines in an attempt to combat our nations illegal immigrant problem.
Thank You for bringing honor & integrity back to the White House.
Other's Expressing Thanks: Dee @ Conservatism With Heart, Astute Bloggers, Curt @ Flopping Aces, Pasadena Closet Conservative, The Anchoress, Blonde Sagacity, Rivka @ Right Think
Good luck and Godspeed Mr. President!