Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Tribute to George Walker

I remember coming home one September afternoon to planes smashing into the World Trade Center. History will judge George Bush on his tenure as President of the United States. As Bush said in an interview, he will probably not live long enough to see the verdict. Regardless, one must admit that his time in the office wasn't a stroll in the park and he gave us some memorable moments. These include bombs falling on Baghdad, the toppling of the Saddam Hussein's statue, the complete abandonment of a city devastated by one of the country's worst hurricane and one of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Still, we should thank him for demonstrating the importance of politics. For those who were interested in politics before Bush, we should thank him for keeping us entertained. So, as a tribute to Bush, I will highlight some his most memorable quotes:

"I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully." - September 2000

"They misunderestimated the compassion of our country. I think they misunderestimated the will and determination of the commander-in-chief, too." - Sept. 26, 2001

"There's no doubt in my mind, not one doubt in my mind, that we will fail." - Oct. 4, 2001

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." - Aug. 5, 2004

"The fact that they purchased the machine meant somebody had to make the machine. And when somebody makes a machine, it means there's jobs at the machine-making place." - May 27, 2008

"I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office." - June 26, 2008

"Throughout our history, the words of the Declaration have inspired immigrants from around the world to set sail to our shores. These immigrants have helped transform 13 small colonies into a great and growing nation of more than 300 people." - July 4, 2008

Quotes taken from "Bushisms: U.S. leader sets standard for mangled phrases during presidency"
God bless him; if it wasn't for you George Walker, I would have taken up another major.
But today is the dawn of a new era. On this day, the US installed its 44th President. What's so great about Obama anyways? What was so captivating? Why was it a defining moment in US history? What was it that made the world stand still at noon, even if only for a couple of minutes? I really didn't know the answer until I watched this:

Oh now I remember, he's the first President to share the same name as the dictator of the country you just toppled. Wow, that's a strong message. Way to rub it in.