Farewell Mr. President

President Bush gave his farewell address tonight. As I have said before, I believe history will judge this president kindly. It can be argued that no president since Lincoln has faced the degree of challenge that has confronted President Bush. All Americans owe him a debt of gratitude for keeping us free from attack in the years following 9/11. Christians, in particular, should thank President Bush for being a champion of life, and appointing conservatives to the Supreme Court.

My personal, favorite memory of President Bush will always be seeing him sprint onto Hammons Field in Springfield, MO with "Heartland" by George Strait (one of my all-time favorite songs) blaring over the speakers, during the '04 campaign. That was an awesome moment.

But politics aside, and perhaps above all else, I sincerely hope Americans remember President Bush for restoring honor and dignity to the office of the presidency. When George W. Bush became president, the office itself was a laughing stock. It was the butt of late-night comedians' jokes in this country, and of America-haters the world round. President Bush was a breath of fresh air... press conferences on time, jacket and tie at all times in the oval office, integrity, discipline, and cowboy boots. And yes, the latter says a lot about a man.

In case you missed it, here is a good statement from the president's address tonight:

"America must maintain our moral clarity. I've often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two of them there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense — and to advance the cause of peace."

And my favorite:

"I have been blessed to represent this nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other — citizen of the United States of America."

Farewell, Mr. President. Return to your beloved Texas and get some rest. You've earned it.