If you're waiting for me to wax sentimental at the departure of G. W. Bush as I watch the helicopter leave the capitol: stop it. I will not be saying anything close to forgiving or sweet about the man and his presidency. Indeed, he has been my least favorite person since September 11, 2001.
The man and president lost my respect (what little there was after the conclusion of the 2000 election with the supreme court appointing him) when he stayed in the air and let Cheney handle things in Washington. It was apparent then and all through his 2 terms that Cheney was pulling the strings and more in charge than you would want a VP to be. I felt then and still do today that he acted as a coward and brought on an era of fear and fascism not seen since the McCarthy hearings and witch hunts.
So, as he flew over Washington one last time with his Mom and Dad in the helicopter with him, my only thought was how damn glad I was to see the Bushes getting out of government. Both father and son were terrible for our economy. At least the senior Bush knew a little something about foreign policy, but just awful on the domestic front. The son was crappy on both. Good riddance and goodbye.
I was pleased to hear our new president repudiate the policies of Bush/Cheney in his inaugural speech. He reached out to the world and to just plain folks; which was the right thing to do. We are going to need all the help we can get. In addition, he highlighted the global linkage now in effect both politically and economically. He gets it. I like that very much.
Now if people will find it in themselves to get positive and pitch in, we just might make it through this thing.
Welcome to power Mr. President, I am rooting for you.