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Hope in Politics

No, not from the Milquetoast-in-Chief.  But rather from a random blog post I stumbled across via Tam’s place.  From the post:

As we will always be grateful for what George and Laura Bush did this week, with no media attention, when they very quietly went to Ft. Hood and met personally with the families of the victims of this terrorist attack.

FOR HOURS.

The Bushes went and met privately with these families for HOURS, hugging them, holding them, comforting them.

If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them that a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these good, good people.

Now, this gives me hope not because of my views on George Bush or his presidency, but rather because it represents passionate supporters setting aside ideological differences to recognize and humbly applaud a good deed done. That it was done by someone with different political and ideological beliefs and commitments was immaterial.  These people are transcending the (depressingly common) trap of judging someone personally because they disagree with you politically and are rightly recognizing that he and his wife Laura are trying to make the world a better place.

And they’re doing so without fanfare.  Without, even, primary media coverage.  They’re not doing it to be in the spotlight.  They’re doing because they can help.

To see that recognized by their ideological foes gives me hope for the political climate.  If “a bunch of gay Hillary guys” can applaud Bush when his actions call for it, then maybe some of my current cynicism about politics in America is misguided.

Kudos to Bush, and kudos to writers of the HillBuzz blog.

UPDATE: Fixed link.

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