A Tribute to our President
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
Dear President Bush,
We the people are so proud of all our leaders during this time of crisis and tragedy. Leaders for all quarters have risen to the occasion with stea dy hands and sure minds.
We particularly praise you, Mr. President, for your courage, resolve, and decisiveness. When president Kennedy was asked how he became a hero as the captain of a PT boat he said, “It was involuntary. They sunk my boat.” William Shakespeare once said, “Some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Like Kennedy, you, Mr. President, have had the opportunity for greatness thrust upon you, and you have not missed your moment.
We thank you, President Bush, for your visibility which has calmed and assured us. We appreciate you leading us in national mourning and prayer, inspiring rescue workers, calming our fears, expressing our outrage, stirring our higher natures to action, leading and urging us to greater tolerance, treating this as a military and not merely a criminal act, pledging the focus of your administration to stamp out terrorism, decisively implementing emergency security measures, demanding that every country declare whether they are for or against us, and for mobilizing our military.
We also thank you, Mr. President, for your humor in the ashes of adversity, making this more bearable with quips like, “I’m not going to shoot a $2,000,000 missile at a $10 tent just to hit a camel in the butt.” Or, “They had a poster in the west, Wanted: Dead or Alive.” Or the already famous scene when you grabbed a bullhorn surrounded by rescue workers chanting, “ USA! USA! USA!” A man yells, “I can’t hear you!” to which you responded, “Well, I can hear you. And soon the people who knocked down those buildings are going to hear from all of us.”
We know a storm is coming, Mr. President, and we take courage to see you stand unflinching at the helm of this ship of state.
© 2002 Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use with proper attribution.