Missing George W. Bush

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A couple of days ago I heard the news that George and Laura Bush paid a private visit to the wounded soldiers at Fort Hood. They specifically requested that the base commander not inform the media of their visit. They came. They comforted the wounded soldiers and the Fort Hood community for a couple of hours. And then they left. And they never had their pictures taken saluting the troops or holding their hands.




When I heard the news, I felt this pain that hasn’t gone away. It’s a pain that I have been feeling fairly often since last November.




It hurts to hear about an American President who cares deeply and sincerely about wounded soldiers and soldiers murdered in a terrorist attack and know that he is not the American President. It isn’t so much that I miss Bush personally. I had a lot of criticism about his policies – particularly in his last two years in office after he effectively abdicated his leadership of global affairs to Condoleezza Rice and the permanent bureaucracy in Washington.



But at least you always knew that Bush loved America and that he loved Americans. You knew that he valued America’s allies even if he didn’t always do right by them. You knew that his values were American values.



You can’t say any of that about his successor. And it hurts. It hurts that Barack Hussein Obama’s first statement about the massacre at Fort Hood was so emotionally cut off from what happened. It hurts that he thought the most important thing to say about the massacre is that we mustn’t jump to conclusions about the motivations of the terrorist who killed his fellow soldiers despite the fact that he was screaming Allah Akhbar as he shot them. It hurts that Obama and his wife treat soldiers like losers who all suffer from PTSD and that the greatest service he can render them is to provide them with free psychiatric care and send them home from Iraq and Afghanistan without first securing victory.



Maybe I’m over-emotional, but I can’t get Bush’s visit out of my head. Obama will go to Fort Hood today and say something arrogant about himself. And all his fans in the media will extol his eloquence. And maybe he’ll get his picture taken holding out a limp wrist to shake hands with a wounded soldier. Or maybe we’ll see Michelle in a sleeveless dress embracing the wife of one of the slain soldiers.




With everything going on in the world today, it is all but impossible for me to feel safe in a world where the President of the United States is a man who would never think of flying to Ft. Hood to be with wounded soldiers – not even with the entire national press corps in tow. And so I wake up in the middle of the night, with this pain, and I feel like crying when I think of how George and Laura felt so horrible about the massacre that they paid a quiet, private visit to the post to comfort the wounded warriors.



For all that he disappointed me, I miss George W. Bush. I really do.





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  • brdavis9 11/10/2009 at 12:33

    You’re not alone in saying “I miss Bush”. I dunno how many times I’ve come across that particular expression, expressed as sincerely.
    And for the exact reasons you’ve listed, Caroline.
    …only the truly insane or vacuous, don’t miss GW.

  • Marc Handelsman, USA 11/10/2009 at 12:50

    Former President Bush has a connection to the military by serving in the National Guard, and having a father who served in World War II. President Obama has a loose association with the military through his grandfather’s WWII service. The President never served in the armed forces, and is disconnected from the military culture. Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day and the 91st anniversary of Armistice Day. We should always remember American and Israeli servicemen who have bravely served their countries.

  • Perfected Democrat 11/10/2009 at 12:58

    This is an interesting post from you Caroline, since you’re rarely emotional in your essays. It seems obvious that GWB, extremely fatigued from the severe political pressures, and no doubt, a personal sense of responsibility for the casualties of the Iraq campaign, also tired of the casual (and quite banal) slur campaign which was also aided and abetted by the popular press; a byproduct of which was the undermining of the Iraq war and empowering the so-called insurgency, not something Obama and his crowd would ever recognize, much less accept responsibility for their complicity. Annapolis (with its isolation of Israel in that circus) was a profound crossing point (for me personally), when Bush became more like his father, abdicating to convenient politics (ie. embracing the Baker crowd, Brezinski lite, if that), and seeming to distance himself from Cheney, who faded into the background, but didn’t really compromise his positions. The only time I felt equivalently was during the Durban UN conference, the summer before 9/11. After Annapolis, with Rice’s ascendancy, and the betrayal of Israel, I don’t miss Bush at all, it was a step too far in acquiescing and promoting the lie that has always been the so-called peace process since Oslo, with the implacable arch enemy that has always been the so-called palestinians, the muslim culture with its blatantly totalitarian dogma, and all their left-wing ennablers. Annapolis may have been the beginning of the slippery slope down which we slid on the way to electing the liar and fraud Obama, empowering his crowd and agenda. Though I concur with the spirit of your message about GWB, it’s Cheney I miss…

  • Chris Carter 11/10/2009 at 13:13

    I agree Caroline. I did not agree with much of what he did, but it is obvious to me that Bush cared deeply for the troops he led.
    So much of what we fought and died for has been undone in a matter of months.

  • Arius 11/10/2009 at 14:29

    It is a sad commentary on the slide of the US that we now miss George Bush. Let us not forget that the slide of the US, and the West, from Clinton through Bush to Obama has been consistently down with no end if sight. At least the delusional mentality of America is now in the open with Obama if one can see instead of just looking. The recent statement by General Clark that the loss of diversity is worse than mass murder says it all, that saving the ‘diversity’ regime is more important then the twelve that died. That such a statement is not ridiculed by major media outlets and the public at large is telling us that the rot of delusional multiculturalist PC thinking is now in control right out in the open, and that the US is going to follow the rest of the West into a National Socialist and dhimmitude endgame.

  • sas in texas 11/10/2009 at 14:39

    I agree Caroline.

  • Marcel 11/10/2009 at 15:48

    Truly it was breathtaking to see how steadfast the government & media were in turning this Muslim killer into an innocent victim.
    If he had been a Jew or Christian what a difference the reporting would have been.
    Does anyone have any doubt what religion has pre-emminence in this unfolding NWO
    the average American hopefully can see thru their lies and propaganda.
    After you see this video (if you haven’t already) you might miss Bush even more.
    America is finished and it behooves Israel to get off the now extremely toxic nipple.
    Something you and so many still can’t face is that Obama was handpicked by the elites to bring America down in size to fit into their emerging New World Order, one that Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2 worked hard to implement.
    If Bush were a decent man he would have led the charge against Obama and not let Cheney flutter in the wind alone.
    They now create chaos in order to birth their odious order.
    I wrote here many months ago that we will see civil war/revolution in America before we see the 2012 election.
    That is what the Marxist Moslem in the White House is there to bring about.
    This letter from an expat Brit only confirms to me what is going on here,what the elites are up to and how successfully they have dumbed down the citizenry.

  • bob 11/10/2009 at 20:12

    This was not the first time that Presdient Bush paid visits to our soldiers without PR fanfare. While he was Presdient he would quietly visit Walter Reed Hospital. whatever issues we may have with his conduct of the Presidency, his conduct as a human being was beyond reproach. On the personal level, President Bush was a real mensch!

  • djmelfi 11/10/2009 at 23:25

    I met George Sr and Barb at a company thing, they spoke about their family a lot and their sons, You could tell they were proud and loving, that environment produces a bedrock kind of Citizen, You have to wonder about Obama’s life experiences and what they were. Wonder because it is all under raps. I guess my sadness is for simpler times when citizens could see value in what is was is. And truth, now lying is an artform highly respected.

  • Ron Grandinetti 11/11/2009 at 6:03

    Caroline we likewise miss George W. Bush and we share your pain.
    “You can’t say any of that about his successor. And it hurts”
    We also share that hurt.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/GLgYLSx7kfzvuJF8mwmULIis5QXw#7071d 11/11/2009 at 6:48

    Well said Captain.
    A decent man who I have disagreed with for reasons
    you clearly state here. He is missed and I wish
    him and his family well.
    I am not buying into role assigned him by Marcel or other NWO writers.

  • independentpatriot 11/11/2009 at 7:25

    I completely agree. I knew I would miss President and Mrs.Bush, I just didn’t realize how much.

  • IsraelP 11/11/2009 at 12:05

    Well said, Caroline. Exceptionally well.

  • colony14 11/11/2009 at 19:09

    Ms. Glick:
    It is rare for a column to bring tears to my eyes. You accomplished that, and in doing so reminded me of why I feel so much sorrow for the United States.
    I have spent the last year working on my recently-released book, The Obama Timeline. Throughout the project I had to remain cold and aloof – researching and organizing facts objectively, trying to keep emotions off to the side. Your column today somehow gave me permission to release those emotions. Thank you for doing so. It was time…
    And now, back to work on Part II of The Obama Timeline.
    May God bless a reawakening of America and the protection of Israel…

  • Mo 11/11/2009 at 22:38

    Nice post 🙂
    I have a feeling you will get as much pleasure from this post as I and many others have:
    And don’t miss the comments, they are as good as the post!

  • jesusthelordofmylife 11/12/2009 at 2:06

    I have been enjoying your columns for years now. I have agreed with you on just about every point you make. Especially regarding Israel.
    I am very proud of your statements here. You are RIGHT ON! And, I am thankful to see your “emotions” that you express so well, and you express them for the majority of us.
    Speaking of emotions. I can remember reading some of your columns (outloud) over the past few years to my husband with such emotion that he would have to calm me down or the neighbors would come over to see what I was shouting about. He’d say, “The neighbors don’t know you’re reading Caroline Glick and getting into it … agreeing with her, they will think we’re have a fight! Simmer down!” 🙂
    Most of my excitement was over the outrageous things going on with Condi Rice!!! Oh, don’t get me started!
    Anyway, thank you for your comments. They touched my heart. You know, for a man (and woman) who want no press for their sweet, genuine actions of love, the Bushes certainly will get noticed. If not by the “press,” they will be noticed by God! And, in the end, that is all that counts anyway.
    Hang in there, Caroline. Keep on reporting and calling it just as you see it, and just as it is. We praise God for you. Shalom!
    In the dust of His feet,
    Jesus disciple
    Hosea 4:6a

  • Jim 11/12/2009 at 10:44

    Honestly, it doesn’t surprise me, since GWB has a lot of guilt to deal with, given the reckless way in which he expended American lives and treasure in misguided military escapades. It’s truly daft to characterize him as some kind of hero.

  • Shakes 11/12/2009 at 11:25

    I was not a big fan of George Bush but I always thought that he was a fine and decent man.
    I miss him too. I am surprised at that, and how quickly I ended up missing the man. He was called a simpleton for talking about good and evil in plain terms. Today we go out of our way to even face the evil that happened at Ft. Hood. We cover it up with a bunch of PC/PTSD garbage.
    God Bless George W. Bush. He spent too much money and he sold out vouchers to Ted Kennedy, but he is in his heart a fine and decent man.

  • Exador 11/12/2009 at 11:55

    This reminds of just after 9/11, when President Bush met with family members. He stood there for hours and hours, as the long line of people waited to talk with him.
    There was also the instance of his hugging a teenage girl. I think she lost a parent. There was no press. The only photo was taken by one of her parents with a disposable camera.

  • Scott 11/12/2009 at 14:04

    The Bush Derangement Syndrome created by non-stop fomenting of hate by influential opinion shapers like Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, Eugene Robinson, Geroge Soros, MoveOn.org and Daily Kos will not last forever. When it finally subsides, Bush will be viewed by history far more favorably than many people expect.
    And if Iraq becomes a functioning democracy complete with individual liberty, economic freedom, and a vastly improved standard of living, Bush will be a very important historical president.
    And if those ideals cross the Iraqi border and spread to other countries in the region (as the people in Iran so desperately want for themselves), 50 years from now Bush will be known as one of the top 4 or 5 presidents of all time.

  • Lucille 11/12/2009 at 17:18

    I received this article via email from a friend. Thank you for recognizing the good in George Bush. I am a fan of his. I believe he truly loves this country and our armed forces.
    I would like to point out the expressions on the faces of the soldiers behind him. . .their expressions are like your article–they miss him, too.

  • ahem 11/12/2009 at 19:18

    You know, Bush is, at heart, a very decent man. He did the job to the best of his ability and understanding, and he was classy when it hardly paid to be so. Plus, he held off the defeatists almost single-handedly. We can only imagine how hard that must have been with our psychotic media tearing at his flesh 24/7. The mistakes he made were less from malice than from the challenges of traveling through terra incognita.
    The man has principles and will go down as one of the finest presidents the US has ever had.

  • Prodigal 11/12/2009 at 23:55

    There is a certain irony to statements about President Bush not getting his picture taken with the troops right beneath a picture of President Bush getting his picture taken with the troops. You also appear to have forgotten about him making that speech on national TV in front of the “Mission Accomplished” banner on the aircraft carrier.
    “You can’t say any of that about his successor. And it hurts.”
    What actually hurts you about that statement is that you are most likely aware that you were lying when you wrote it. And as for valuing America’s allies? President Bush only valued anybody who did what he demanded them to do.

  • Kit 11/14/2009 at 0:26

    Moments like this, my heart hurts. God Bless and keep GWB and Laura.

  • Yaeli 11/14/2009 at 8:06

    Caroline, it’s almost spooky: you’re channeling my exact thoughts and feelings.

  • factis 11/14/2009 at 11:34

    At first I found it too terrible to believe but I am now certain that Mr. Obama and his crew do not love the United States and do not have the best interest of its people at heart. They mean to harm us. This is a very disconcerting realization.

  • davidpearl 11/15/2009 at 20:31

    What planet are you living on?
    Is this the same George Bush, who in 8 years only visited Bethesda Naval Hospital once in the final quarter of the last year of his failed presidency? And that one visit only came after months of criticism from on-air personality Don Imus. He repeated correctly many times that then seated “war president,” Bush, never visited either Fall Heroes Hospital in Texas, or Bethesda Naval Hospital.
    Current President Obama has been everywhere visiting our arm forces starting even before he took office. So now after leaving office, Ex President Bush visits Ft Hood?
    You may miss Bush. Those of us who are paying attention, clearly do not miss him!

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