It’s the event that marked his presidency. The event that marked a generation. However, in the ten years since 9/11 the left has attempted to diminish Bush’s leadership during the tragedy. Going so far as to draw outrageous conspiracy theories between the Bush administration and the actual events.
New York is known for it’s flaming liberalism. And, we are constantly told that Obama is America’s savior. Over two years later perhaps America is waking up to the facts. While Bush certainly had his flaws as president, he is a true patriot who loves his country and was truly shattered by the events that happened during his presidency.
Both President Obama and President Bush, with their wives, appeared at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. However, strangely enough, only Bush received applause. Perhaps after living through the last two and a half years, we are feeling a fresh appreciation for Bush and his unapologetic leadership through this unspeakable tragedy.
The tableau was striking: the president who spent years hunting Bin Laden next to the one who finally got him. The president defined by his response to Sept. 11 standing alongside the one who has tried to take America beyond the lingering, complicated legacy of that day.
Mr. Obama read from Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength,” which an aide said he chose because it spoke of perseverance. Mr. Bush, the wartime leader, read a letter from Abraham Lincoln to a widow who lost sons in the Civil War.
Unlike Mr. Obama, Mr. Bush drew a cheer from those who remembered him shouting through a bullhorn atop the smoldering rubble. For Mr. Obama, Sept. 11 is perhaps a less wrenching experience, though it underpins what has become one of the great paradoxes of his presidency.