Former President George W. Bush will have a clear legacy whether his critics like it or not. Indeed, the legacy of “43” has been articulated and launched. Kind of like an aircraft carrier.
“During the first eight years of the 21st century, America was tested time and again — at home and abroad,” says Mark Langdale, president of the George Bush Foundation.
Mr. Bush concentrated on a quartet of powerful, simple mantras during those trying times, he says, and the group remains true to them as they plan the new George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas
“The center is committed to advancing the four principles — freedom, opportunity, responsibility and compassion — that guided his presidency and remain the focus of his and Mrs. Bush’s ongoing work,” Mr. Langdale notes.
And while an expanding chorus of President Obama’s critics now suggest he employ “Bushlike bluntness” in the face of serious global complexities, here’s the short take on the emerging Bush legacy, according to those who will present it to the public:
Mr. Bush “rallied America” after 9/11 and “liberated millions of people around the world from tyranny and oppressive regimes”
He also “inspired new generations of students to reach for higher educational achievements,” “launched health initiatives in Africa that saved millions” and “championed faith-based partnerships to give hope by addressing poverty and crime.”
Check things out www.georgebushcenter.org.