Someone else's opinion of Bush:
Hurray For George W. Bush
A lot has changed since George W. Bush became
president--executive orders that support a "culture of
life," judicial appointees who respect the constitution
and members of the Cabinet who are unapologetic
about their faith. But perhaps nothing more clearly
represents the new leadership we enjoy as a country
than that place Mr. Bush now calls his temporary
home -1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The president is quick to point out that it is not his
house but the American people's house. And, as
such, he treats it and the people who work there
From the Secret Service to the grounds crew, the
folks who work at the White House rave about the
The president and first lady prefer to entertain
family friends in their private quarters rather
than ask the stewards and waiters to negotiate
difficult formal dining rooms.
Harkening back to the days of Ronald Reagan,
Bush will not allow any man to attend a meeting
in the Oval Office without a jacket and tie. Gone
are the days of blue jeans and pizza boxes.
One of the clearest ways to show respect for someone
is to respect their time. Everyone who works with and
around the president has noted his punctuality.
Meetings begin and end on time. This stands in
stark contrast to the previous occupant of the
White House, who was notorious for keeping
visitors and the media waiting.
And speaking of the former president, in his
administration more than 500 staffers had access to
the White House kitchen. One presidential aide said
they turned it into a fast-food restaurant.
These days, only 150 senior staff members have meal
privileges. Of course the Clinton years were known for
worse things than that. US News & World Report reported
recently that it was common for President Clinton
to have violent and sex-laden R-rated films playing
on Air Force One. Even seasoned reporters would
blush at the images being played out before their
eyes while trying to question the president on some
issue of national importance.
A Marine who worked at Camp David publicly stated
that pornography was littered all over the retreat.
In contrast, President Bush has said that even some of
the new major motion-picture releases, which are routinely
sent to the White House for viewing by the First Family,
are too vulgar for him.
I've visited the White House twice since President
Bush moved in. As anyone might be, I was awed by
the history of the place. Oil portraits of past occupants
reminded me that some presidents have understood
the honor of living there and others have wantonly
dishonored it. My visits with President Bush at the
White House were an opportunity to witness first hand
how much this man respects the office to which he was
He arrived at our meetings promptly and took
the time to greet every person in attendance.
He was warm and polite to each of us. His manner
conveyed the message that he knew he was only a
temporary resident and his job is to leave this August
home in better shape than he found it.
In one of my meetings, I made a point of speaking
to a young man who is part of the military service
assigned to the White House. His job is to escort
guests and to help people find their way through
the large hallways. His uniform was covered with
ribbons and his shoes were perfectly polished. His
face was emotionless and he drew no attention to
himself, but for some reason he caught my eye.
"Thank you," I said, "for the work you do. You really
represent us all in your service here. It must be
wonderful work." He paused and then allowed a
big smile to cross his face. "Oh, yes, sir. It truly is."
Yes, things certainly are different in Washington.
Courtesy of: Rear Admiral Steve Brachet, USN (Ret)
and Brigadier General Bob Clements, USAF (Ret)
"All it will take for the forces of evil to rule the
world ... is for enough good people to do nothing."