President Bush conducted a wide-ranging interview with Politico and here are some highlights http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10316.html.
President Bush talked about his faith and how it is helped him throughout his presidency and his life. The way he talks about faith is natural and real, not fake and contrived and he does not have to make excuses about his pastor or avoid talking about it. A side note, the pastor who conducted daughter Jenna Bush's wedding over the weekend was Kirbyjon Caldwell, a friend of President Bush and a Sen. Barack supporter. Who says weddings can not be a non-partisan affair?
President Bush talked about why he no longer plays golf. It is sad that the president has to give up something that may be a relaxing activity, but in this media age, he is smart enough to realize that it gives a bad impression.
President Bush talked about making tough decisions. President Bush also addressed the fact that he is unpopular at this point, but that history will judge him well.
And, this is a first. That President Bush somewhat admitted that the pre-war intelligence leading up to the entrance of United States troops in the Iraq theatre in the War Against Islamofacist Terror may have not been the best. But, he did not say whether it would have changed the way that events turned out.
I think that this line President Bush said in the interview is what will stick,
Popularity is fleeting, Michael. Principles are forever.
The current candidates for president should all note this as a bedrock for what the job of being the leader of the United States is all about.
We endured eight years of a focus-group presidency under William Jefferson Blythe Clinton and one can not imagine that it would be another four or eight years under a Sen. Barack presidency.
This interview solidifies why I have supported President Bush these past years, even if he was not my first choice in 2000 (that was Steve Forbes).
George W. Bush may be many things, but he is a man a deep love for country and a willingness to make the toughest of decisions that, while they may not be popular now, are for the best interests of this Great Land. I, for one, am sorry that he can not have a third term. He would be head and shoulders above the Three Stooges running to replace him.