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President Bush at His Graceful Best, Hosting Naturalization Ceremony

The deeper we get into this age of Trumpism, the more I miss the quiet, self-deprecating dignity of our 43rd president, George W. Bush.

President Bush wasn’t perfect. He made plenty of missteps as president, some of them responsible for the unwieldy size of the government we’re saddled with, today.

Even with all that, he has something that has been missing in the public forum since the day he left office: GRACE.

He was, without a doubt, one of the most amiable, homey, decent human beings to hold that lofty office. I always bristled with anger at the attacks he endured from those on the left, and at times, the right.

Since he left, all we’ve known is self-absorbed divas, snide and petulant arrogance, liars, cheats, and charlatans.

Character still matters. I miss President George W. Bush.

For most part, the former commander-in-chief has remained out of the spotlight, emerging for the occasional state event, or doing work for causes that are near and dear to his heart, like his work for disabled veterans.

Back in November 2018, Bush and the former First Lady, Laura Bush, were presented with the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal for the work they’ve done for veterans, since leaving office.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was on hand at the Philadelphia history museum to present the award.

On Monday, President Bush made another appearance, this time to welcome brand new Americans in a naturalization ceremony being held in Dallas, Texas.

He called immigration “a blessing and a strength,” not a popular sentiment in today’s wretched political climate.

Around 50 naturalization candidates were present at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and were addressed by both the former president and his wife.

He told the group that came from more than 20 countries that he hopes “those responsible in Washington can dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside, and modernize our immigration laws soon.”

Noting public debate on immigration “can get pretty sharp,” he told them that they signed up with a “boisterous democracy.” He encouraged them to participate in it and vote.

I’m not going to say he was targeting anyone in particular with his comments, but he had the right idea. Heated rhetoric never solved a single thing. If we’re ever going to solve the immigration problem in this nation, it’s going to take both sides to come together, without accusing the other side of being the bad guys.

You can listen to President Bush speak, here.


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