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Friday, October 29, 2010

GW Takes the High Road...

No pot shots, no counter-attacks, despite the constant barrage of insults and blame he continues to receive from the current administration, Democrats and critics, and, according to early reports, no excuses. 

George W. Bush’s about-to-be released book on his memoirs, titled Decision Points, is even being released a week after the General Election, on November 9th, to avoid political controversy.

In the book, Bush reportedly openly discusses his personal life, including his alcoholism, and the motives and reasoning behind the most critical decisions during his two terms in the White House.

For me, one of the fascinating aspects of the preliminary information on the book is the former President's faith and the role faith played in his convictions and decisions. The Drudge Report states: 
In the chapter "Stem Cells", Bush describes receiving a letter from Nancy Reagan detailing a "wrenching family journey".

But ultimately, Bush writes: "I did feel a responsibility to voice my pro-life convictions and lead the country toward what Pope John Paul II called a culture of life."

In the book, Bush describes an emotional July 2001 meeting with the Pope at the pontiff's summer residence.

Savaged by Parkinson's, the Pope saw the promise of science, but implored Bush to support life in all its forms.

Later, at the Pope's funeral -- and after a prodding from his wife that it's a time to "pray for miracles" -- Bush found himself saying a prayer for the cancer-stricken ABCNEWS anchor Peter Jennings.
Although not Catholic, Bush demonstrated great respect and affinity for Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and the social teachings of the Church. His pro-life views on issues are unquestionable and he surrounded himself with many Catholic advisors.  In fact, since his brother Jeb and good friend Tony Blair converted to Catholicism, there were many rumors that GW was a closet Catholic, or at least, had a great affection for the faith.

If anything, Decision Points should shed a different perspective on the man that led our nation for eight years and his image that, while tainted over the last years of his Presidency, still commands respect among those closest to him for his honor and convictions.  And, if the early leaks on the book are any indication, Bush takes a low profile, humble and high road approach.

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