Dear President Bush,
I know you are all packed up and are ready to spend one last night in the White House before returning to Texas. It has been fashionable, of late, to attack and demean you, and diminish some of the great things you did over the last eight years. For my part, I am deeply grateful to God for your service as our President during these difficult years.
Thank you for doing everything in your power to protect my family from any further terrorist attacks on our homeland after September 11. I prayed for you in the days following the terrorist attacks, and I knew that God would give you strength and resolve. You promised that you would not tire, falter or fail, and you never did. As we returned to our normal lives, you kept reading those national security briefings every morning and making sure that you were using every tool possible to keep us safe.
Thank you for taking the fight to the enemy and freeing millions of people in the process. Even when the battle got tough, you never listened to the hand-wringing “get out now” crowd and pushed for a surge in troop levels that effectively won the war in Iraq against the terrorists. Thank you for not caving in to peer pressure and making sure that we stayed and finished the job. You showed the world that when you said you would do something, you meant it.
Thank you for signing the partial-birth abortion ban. Thank you for ending that evil practice of crushing a baby’s skull, just as he is about to be born, and sucking his body through a vacuum tube. Thank you for standing up for the helpless, unborn babies of America. The ban that Clinton vetoed three times, you signed as soon as it reached your desk. God bless you for that.
Thank you for pouring energy and action into helping the African people in their fight against aids and malaria. Even though the press never gave you the credit you deserve, we noticed, and we are very proud.
Finally, Mr. President, I want to let you know that my family and I still support you and will never forget how you served us with honor. We are delighted to welcome you back to Texas.
Thank you, Mr. President, and may God bless you.
Proud to Still Stand Up and Salute You,
Jim, Esther and Rachel