Many people may not like George Bush. I am not certain how I feel about him. It’s easy to follow along with everyone else and just complain about the man and the job he did, but I have never been a follower. I bought his book, Decision Points, but have yet to read it. I wanted to get a better idea of whether I liked or disliked this man that’s so hated. Since I have yet to read it, I decided I should watch the Oprah episode that he was on to finally get a better understanding of this man and my opinion of him. Not that my opinion matters much, but learning about someone and why you like or dislike them is important to learning more about yourself.
What I learned are three things. First, he said he stuck by his principles with every decision he made. Even if it was unpopular, he did what he thought was right and stayed true to his values. I think this is huge. No matter how many people hated him, at the end of the day, he stuck by his convictions. In other words, he can live with himself after his presidency was over. I admire him greatly for that.
The other thing he said, and consequently his actions have stayed true to, is that he never criticizes Obama. He doesn’t feel it’s necessary and in fact believes the president has a tough job on his own without people criticizing him. I am in awe of him. Who are to tell the president he’s not doing a good enough job? Would we be any better? We are entitled to our opinions, but I don’t think it’s necessary to voice them in every situation. Your opinion won’t change even if you don’t voice them.
Because of this, I learned that I really, really like this man. I am still unsure of how he rated as a president, but I think Obama has a hard enough job without me adding on my “expertise.”