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George Bush, Real Man
Dispatches From The American Front | February 3, 2003 | James Benton

Posted on 02/03/2003 5:17:39 AM PST by Master Zinja

DISPATCHES FROM THE AMERICAN FRONT

George Bush, Real Man
By James Benton

You could see it in his eyes, hear it in his tone Tuesday night in the second half of his State of the Union speech: this was a man not to be trifled with, a man who would see a difficult, dirty business through to the end, and God help anyone who stood against him as he does battle against the foes of America and her ideals. If anyone had doubts about Bush's commitment to victory in the War on Terrorism, they were laid to rest Tuesday night.

Rarely in history has an American president faced as much adversity as George W. Bush has in his first two years in office. Probably only Washington, Lincoln and FDR have had as tough a time as Bush, becoming president during tumultuous, difficult times, having so much happen so quickly.

Washington had to forge a nation; Lincoln had to fight a war; FDR battled the Depression from Day 1. However, Bush has probably had the worst time of all since taking office.

For those of you keeping score at home, so far President Bush has endured:

-An incredibly close election whose outcome was delayed for over a month,

-The first attack by a foreign power on the continental United States in nearly 200 years,

-A world war which may not be won before he leaves office,

-More terrorism at home with anthrax,

-A teetering economy,

-Fierce opposition from his political opponents if he does anything more than sneeze,

-The destruction of Columbia on Saturday and the loss of seven more heroes.

And that's just the highlights of his first two years in office, with Iraq and North Korea on the horizon and God knows what else still to come.

Yet, with all this going on, two indisputable facts have surfaced about the man in the Oval Office.

First, this is a man we in middle America have always identified with and trusted. We know his word is his bond. He's not perfect, he might not always be right, but we instinctively know he makes his decisions based on what he believes is best for the American people. If America were a small town, Bill Clinton would be the used car salesman everyone but newcomers and idiots avoided; George W. Bush would be the owner of the general store who also happened to be mayor, chewing the fat with the locals around the wood stove on Saturday mornings and helping them to get things done that needed doing.

Second, this is a sincere, pious man, which is also the underlying reason for the first point. George W. Bush demonstrates a quiet yet confident faith in the Creator, which governs his everyday life and decisions. We have seen it all too often in his eyes in the past 18 months - there is real pain there, real tears when things have gone truly bad, tears shed not for himself but for those of us who are suffering emotional or physical pain. Again, if we saw America as a small town, George would be in church on Sundays and would try to close up early on Wednesdays to get to church then also. He'd be one of the first on the phone to you when a family member died, and no doubt Laura would be by soon with a covered dish and just the right words of comfort.

In short, this is a real man, and it's been too long since such a person - such a family - has graced the White House. After eight years of scandal and a me-first attitude, Bush & Company have restored many American's respect for the office of president far fast than anyone believed possible. Respect may not wipe away the tears of tragedies and war, but it's a start at helping to keep us from total despair. God only knows what we would be feeling or how much confidence we'd have that everything will turn out all right if Clinton or Gore were at the helm; the mere thought gives me nightmares.

I would say I hope George W. Bush stays the course no matter what he faces, but that would be merely stating the obvious. He will. We instinctively know this, those of us who work a real job, worried about mortgages and kids. We know this, because at heart he's one of us, a working man, doing his best for all of us.

A real man. Thank God.


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1 posted on 02/03/2003 5:17:39 AM PST by Master Zinja
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To: Master Zinja
Excellent article! The only thing I would add would be the incident, about 3 or 4 months into his administration, with the Chinese jet fighter and the subsequent capture and release of the Navy flight crew.

GWB is beginning to sound like Job.

The Tarheel

2 posted on 02/03/2003 5:35:40 AM PST by Tarheel
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To: Master Zinja
Can't think of anything to add.
3 posted on 02/03/2003 5:36:04 AM PST by Bahbah (Pray for Zimbabwe)
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To: Master Zinja
Bump.
4 posted on 02/03/2003 5:37:53 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: Master Zinja; rintense; mombonn; ejo; Fiddlstix; lawgirl; Teacup; Miss Marple; Wait4Truth; ...
An excellent Article
5 posted on 02/03/2003 5:42:44 AM PST by MJY1288 (In God we trust)
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To: MJY1288
Thanks for the ping. You are right..it is an exceellent article.
6 posted on 02/03/2003 5:43:39 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Master Zinja
Thank you.
7 posted on 02/03/2003 5:46:05 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: Master Zinja
Out of all the things mentioned that he's had to endure -- this is the one that angers me the most -- "Fierce opposition from his political opponents if he does anything more than sneeze"
8 posted on 02/03/2003 5:48:11 AM PST by twyn1 (God Bless America !)
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To: MJY1288
Wonderful article that sums up how I feel about him. He is a man to be trusted, is not driven by ego, and is motivated by a sincere desire to do the right thing.
9 posted on 02/03/2003 5:48:14 AM PST by McLynnan
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To: MJY1288
Yet, with all this going on, two indisputable facts have surfaced about the man in the Oval Office.


First, this is a man we in middle America have always identified with and trusted. We know his word is his bond. He's not perfect, he might not always be right, but we instinctively know he makes his decisions based on what he believes is best for the American people. If America were a small town, Bill Clinton would be the used car salesman everyone but newcomers and idiots avoided; George W. Bush would be the owner of the general store who also happened to be mayor, chewing the fat with the locals around the wood stove on Saturday mornings and helping them to get things done that needed doing.


Second, this is a sincere, pious man, which is also the underlying reason for the first point. George W. Bush demonstrates a quiet yet confident faith in the Creator, which governs his everyday life and decisions. We have seen it all too often in his eyes in the past 18 months - there is real pain there, real tears when things have gone truly bad, tears shed not for himself but for those of us who are suffering emotional or physical pain. Again, if we saw America as a small town, George would be in church on Sundays and would try to close up early on Wednesdays to get to church then also. He'd be one of the first on the phone to you when a family member died, and no doubt Laura would be by soon with a covered dish and just the right words of comfort.


In short, this is a real man
10 posted on 02/03/2003 5:49:45 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (FReepers ROCK...MUD)
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To: Master Zinja
This article says it all. Thanks for posting such a wonderful piece.
11 posted on 02/03/2003 5:56:40 AM PST by rintense (Go Get 'Em Dubya!)
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To: twyn1
this is the one that angers me the most -- "Fierce opposition from his political opponents if he does anything more than sneeze"

Me too. There is nothing wrong with honest difference of opinion, but the Dems undermine him even when his goals match theirs. The constant demonization of Bush's character and agenda sickens me. This is a time when a small modicum of cooperation and work for the common good of our country should be at the top of the opposition's political agenda.

12 posted on 02/03/2003 5:57:27 AM PST by McLynnan
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To: twyn1
Out of all the things mentioned that he's had to endure -- this is the one that angers me the most -- "Fierce opposition from his political opponents if he does anything more than sneeze"

And if he didnt sneeze, they would ask why he hasnt and what can be done to mobilize sneezation.

13 posted on 02/03/2003 6:02:10 AM PST by smith288
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To: MJY1288
"South Shall Rise Again!!
(To be sung to R.E.M.'s "So. Central Rain")

Clinton's gonna fall!! Dem Leftists try to stall...
Their Lib'ral mis-Directions...are driving RATS insane!!
Our Will shan't bend!! Slick Willie washed away...
The Evil of the Lib'rals...has forced Mudboy to sing.

I'm sorry...Slick's sorry...Left's sorry...Right's always...

Justice is our Right...Third Party calls...the RINOs frown...
The wise man wrote his words upon the rocks...
But MUD's not bound to follow suit!!
The Left shall bend...Slick's ConDamnation's Nigh!!
If Slick's Treas'nous Crimes YOU Condone...yer choice isn't mine!!

Slick's sorry...Left's sorry...

Med'yuh never called!! MUD waited for Left's calls...
Left's lies and mis-directions are driving US away!!
Then Limbaugh sang...Left's Brain-washin' washed away...
Left says that I should "Just Move ON!!"...that Choice isn't mine!!

I'm sorry...Slick's sorry...Left's sorry...Justice's RIGHT!!!

Ooooh...Ahhhhh...Ahhhhhhhhh-EEEEE...Ahhhhh-ahhhhhhh-uhhhhh...

{end very intensely on Am}

Heh heh heh...Mudboy Slim (15 January 2002)


14 posted on 02/03/2003 6:02:55 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (FReepers ROCK...MUD)
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To: Master Zinja
I still think that the defection of Jeffords thru covert deals with the democrats and therefore difficulty in getting his agenda thru a democrat majority also is a load that the president has had to deal with.
15 posted on 02/03/2003 6:06:17 AM PST by olliemb
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To: Tarheel; Master Zinja
GWB is beginning to sound like JOB.

I've had the same thought.

Thanks MZ for posting this excellent "take" on the President.

16 posted on 02/03/2003 6:11:34 AM PST by Carolinamom (I was determined to know beans.......Henry David Thoreau)
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To: Master Zinja
For all that, he needs our prayers everyday.
17 posted on 02/03/2003 6:13:48 AM PST by happygrl
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To: Master Zinja
George Bush is an EXCELLENT President. It's so funny because, when I think he has done something that I don't agree with, it ends up that he was RIGHT all along and KNEW what he was doing all along! This is a great man!!
18 posted on 02/03/2003 6:17:33 AM PST by FreepLady
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To: Master Zinja
No offense, but that sounded like a letter to Teen Beat magazine lol. Some people just completely idolize politicians, and it's amazing.
19 posted on 02/03/2003 6:19:09 AM PST by nolaw0ady
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To: Master Zinja
You've said it all!
20 posted on 02/03/2003 6:30:50 AM PST by Pippin (Pippin: Warrior Hobbit!)
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To: nolaw0ady
No offense taken.

To tell the truth, I don't idolize politicians. I usually don't LIKE politicians, regardless of party or policy. I wasn't sure I'd like Bush when he was elected, but I do now, for his handling of the job under some unbelieveable pressures, any one of which would make most people fold.

That's why I call him a real man today. He's done his job and kept the faith with us through some rough times.

Zinja

21 posted on 02/03/2003 6:35:20 AM PST by Master Zinja
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To: Master Zinja
If America were a small town, Bill Clinton would be the used car salesman everyone but newcomers and idiots avoided; George W. Bush would be the owner of the general store who also happened to be mayor, chewing the fat with the locals around the wood stove on Saturday mornings and helping them to get things done that needed doing.

This just might be the best description of the differences between the two that I have ever read.

22 posted on 02/03/2003 6:39:43 AM PST by CaptRon
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To: Master Zinja
"Fierce opposition from his political opponents if he does anything more than sneeze"

One can also mention fierce political scrutiny if he watches a football game and eats a pretzel . . . .

What did he know about the pretzel and when did he know it?

23 posted on 02/03/2003 6:41:57 AM PST by WIladyconservative
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To: Tarheel
Good catch - the China incident was certainly tense enough to merit mentioning. I'd also add the sniper attacks from last fall.
24 posted on 02/03/2003 6:45:02 AM PST by agrace
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To: Master Zinja
Beautiful!
25 posted on 02/03/2003 6:46:45 AM PST by pubmom
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To: MJY1288
Thanks for the ping. It is excellant!
26 posted on 02/03/2003 6:47:48 AM PST by hoosiermama (Prayers for all)
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To: MJY1288
Thanks for the ping. GREAT article. I loved the comparison with clinton as the used car salesman and W the general store owner. Perfect.

God bless President Bush.

27 posted on 02/03/2003 7:00:34 AM PST by Wphile (I'm so sick of the UN)
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To: MJY1288
Thanks for the ping. Excellent column. One of the wonderful side effects, imo, of all that President Bush has had to endure/deal with during this first two years, is how he is teaching the American people that we CAN trust in someone to do their very best on our behalf. We needed this, I think, as a nation.
28 posted on 02/03/2003 7:18:35 AM PST by justshe (Eliminate Freepathons! Become a monthly donor. Only YOU can prevent Freepathons!)
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To: All
A Great man for a Great country. We need his leadership at a dangerous time in our history. He understands the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. He understands what his job is as President and We The People trust and appreciate what he is doing. We have been a country for almost a decade in the 90's without anything to guide us. God Bless President Bush.
29 posted on 02/03/2003 7:19:32 AM PST by cousair
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To: Master Zinja; MJY1288; All
Bill Clinton would be the used car salesman everyone but newcomers and idiots avoided;

Haaa Haaa Haaa, Ain't it the truth !!!
30 posted on 02/03/2003 7:45:49 AM PST by baseballmom
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To: MJY1288
Thanks!

BTTT

31 posted on 02/03/2003 8:09:24 AM PST by Pokey78
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To: Master Zinja
I sent this comment to Cal Thomas when he posted a similar thought last week.

God said Moses was the meekest man who ever lived - I see GW with that meekness: strength coupled with patience and humility.

By contrast, Clinton always reminded me of Satan's way of twisting the truth even from the mouth of God - "Did God really say you would die if you ate of the fruit?"
32 posted on 02/03/2003 8:38:37 AM PST by time4good
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To: Master Zinja
To tell the truth, I don't idolize politicians

Wonderful article. If recognizing and admiring humility, passion for goodness, effective action, strong leadership, faith in our Creator, on and on and on, passes for idolizing politicians, I'm surely guilty. I'd admire those qualities in the man no matter WHAT house he lived in. I'm just ever grateful he's in the White House.

33 posted on 02/03/2003 9:04:53 AM PST by okimhere
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To: Master Zinja
Great article! Thanks for posting.

God hasn't neglected us. He gave us Dubya. Thank You, God, from the bottom of my heart.

34 posted on 02/03/2003 9:21:12 AM PST by Luna
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To: Master Zinja
I can't say anything more to add or subtract from what has already been said in this article. Thanks very much for posting it. It is obvious that James Benton is no leftwing liberal extremist media hack.
36 posted on 02/03/2003 9:41:57 AM PST by desertcry
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To: olliemb
I still think that the defection of Jeffords thru covert deals with the democrats and therefore difficulty in getting his agenda thru a democrat majority also is a load that the president has had to deal with.

You know, 'Jumpin Jim' may have been a blessing in disguise. After that incident, Pres. Bush knew that accomodation would not work, even if Trent Lott and other senior Congressional Repubs. didn't yet realize it. Pres. Bush has been moving toward his own goals since, quietly, but perceptibly, and he knows he can NEVER trust the Democrats again.

He told them, when he entered office, that he'd be willing to work with him, but they have been intractable in their opposition, trying to undermine him at every turn. So be it; Dubya will win, in the end, against both Saddam and Little Tommy and his gang.

37 posted on 02/03/2003 9:45:27 AM PST by SuziQ (Thankful, every day, for this President)
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To: Tarheel
You are right, so much has happened to America that W had to take care of, I forgot that one. The President did real good on that one too.
38 posted on 02/03/2003 9:47:36 AM PST by desertcry
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To: MJY1288
Wow! Great article. Thanks for the ping.
39 posted on 02/03/2003 9:49:57 AM PST by Jen (Insert witty tag line here)
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To: Master Zinja
What a wonderful article! Makes me proud to be an American. I hope the Episcopal Bishop reads this. Thanks for posting it.
40 posted on 02/03/2003 9:51:43 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: Master Zinja
That was very well said, Zinja. I agree totally. Have a good afternoon :-)
41 posted on 02/03/2003 9:53:24 AM PST by nolaw0ady
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To: McLynnan
.... work for the common good of our country..... This one does not rhyme with the democrat, much less with the clintons, and their monkeys(daschle, etal.).
42 posted on 02/03/2003 9:53:29 AM PST by desertcry
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To: agrace
Good catch - the China incident was certainly tense enough to merit mentioning. I'd also add the sniper attacks from last fall

Yes, another good catch. Let's also consider the rare circumstance of the party in power gaining seats in a midterm election.

Translated for liberal lurkers: The ass-kicking that you endured in 2002, masterminded by W!

43 posted on 02/03/2003 9:55:38 AM PST by antiliberal
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To: maritimeman
Perception of domination by a royal family?

What???!!! Royal family? NO! (Unless you're thinking of the Kennedys...at least they THOUGHT/sill THINK they're royal.) And since you brought it up, I'll go out on a limb to predict another Bush in the White House...JEB. How's that for the monarchy!

44 posted on 02/03/2003 9:56:12 AM PST by nfldgirl
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To: smith288
And if he sneezes and someone says "God Bless You!" whew, everyone's in trouble. The ACLU will be on his case, People for the American Way will yell, that's un-american! Boy, could he get into big doo with that sneeze.
45 posted on 02/03/2003 9:58:13 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: Mudboy Slim
Ah, MUD, you're such a hoot. Thanks.
46 posted on 02/03/2003 9:59:26 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: maritimeman
A monarchy is impossible with a vote. Im sorry, but Bush was viewed as the best candidate... Nevermind who his dad was. Learn to deal.
47 posted on 02/03/2003 10:16:57 AM PST by smith288
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To: Master Zinja
Rarely in history has an American president faced as much adversity as George W. Bush has in his first two years in office. Probably only Washington, Lincoln and FDR have had as tough a time as Bush, becoming president during tumultuous, difficult times, having so much happen so quickly.

Perhaps President Bush would be one of the greatest American Presidents ever, even better than Ronald Reagan. I just think that may happen.

48 posted on 02/03/2003 10:23:39 AM PST by MinorityRepublican (President Bush rules!)
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To: baseballmom
Haaa Haaa.... Not nearly so funny, clinton is a used car salesman who will sell you a car that will kill you, as he has done to America.
49 posted on 02/03/2003 10:29:57 AM PST by desertcry
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To: Marysecretary
"Right is Gonna Swarm"
(To be sung to the Doors' "Riders on the Storm")

Riders on the Storm...Right-Wing's gotta Swarm...
Trash the White House with scorn...Ol' Slick has been forewarned...
Slick's a dawg without a soul, that Traitor'll be dethroned...
Right is gonna Swarm...
Slick's "The Killer of Waco"...Jan Reno's nuthin' but his 'HO'...
Heed not what the Med'yuh say...Truth'll win the day!
If we let this Tyrant slide, our Freedom it will die...
Will ya help me, folks?!...yeaaahhhh...

(Kewl Guitar/Synthesizer Jammin')

Folks, we gotta fight Clinton...folks, we gotta take Slick down...
Heed our Righteous Band...make Left understand...
The World on you depends...fer Slick to meet his end...
Gotta fight Clinton...yeaaahhhh...

(Keyboard/Guitar Jammin')

Right is gonna Swarm...the Vile should be forewarned...
It's our White House Slick's scorned...in Jail, Slick will be thrown...
Just a Rapist and his drones, the Lib'rals sold their souls...
Right is gonna swarm...

Right-Wing's gonna swarm...Right-Wing's gonna swarm...
MUD's views will be the norm...Sheeple'll know Slick's harm...

FReegards...MUD
50 posted on 02/03/2003 10:30:29 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (MUD...FReep the World!!)
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