Opinion: 43 reasons why people love President George W. Bush

I remember a time when everyone seemed to despise George W. Bush. People loved making fun of him, poking fun at his accent and tossing around the idea he was dumb and illiterate. Political opinions aside, it was sad to see how much people trashed POTUS 43.

Personally, I have always loved the man. When I was in 7th grade, I had the extraordinary opportunity to meet and speak with Bush in the Oval Office– my sister was the director and executive assistant to the assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and External Affairs at the end of the Bush Administration.

Photo By White House Photography
Photo by White House Photography

I will never forget walking into the Oval and shaking the President’s hand. After we all met him, we gathered around his desk and chatted for a few minutes.

The president gave me a pin and jokingly said, “don’t give this to your boyfriend.” Nervously, I laughed and told him I don’t have one. He assured me I would soon enough- that is one thing he has been wrong about, but good joke, Mr. President.

Regardless, the point of that story is it shows how personable and friendly he was. And today, more people are starting to see that – and by people I mean liberals. In fact, The Washington Post just wrote an article about all the liberals starting to like Bush, including Michelle Obama and Aziz Ansari.

Bush’s new book “Portrait’s Of Courage,” featuring his portraits of veterans, recently landed him with appearances on the Tonight Show and Ellen, which lead to more people growing to love and respect him– politics aside, of course.

So for all you longtime GWB lovers who want relive the greatness of POTUS 43, or those of you who are just starting to see the light and need a little push, this article is for you. Here are 43 reasons why you should love him:

1. His Humor – seen recently on Ellen when he was able to laugh about his 2017 inauguration poncho mishap.

2. He’s a Texan.

3. ‘Merica.

4. His newfound love of painting.

5. His family.

6. His patriotism.

7. He kept American safe and united when we faced the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

8. When he heard about the 9/11 attack he continued to read to the children, calmly.

9. He would often visit the troops, without the press.

10. He can laugh at himself.

11. He wasn’t perfect and he could admit that.

12. He held the hardest job in the world.

13. He was hated by many, but always had a smile on his face.

14. He supports our troops.

15. He didn’t talk smack about President Barack Obama; he let him lead.

16. He stays out of politics out of respect to his successors.

17. His Scottish Terriers, Barney and Miss Beazley.

18. Under Bush, the U.S. did not face another terrorist attack after 9/11.

19. A few days after 9/11, he walked with Muslim men and women through the Islamic Center of Washington and gave a uniting and unifying speech saying “Islam is peace.”

20. He didn’t use his executive veto power during his first term.

21. During his presidency, he made sure that he always had one hour for exercise booked into his schedule.

22. He was the first president to complete a marathon (his mile time was 8.5 min. per mile).

23. Unemployment rose 3.6 percentage points under Bush, versus upwards of 10 points under Obama.

24. Before the attack on Iraq, Bush gave then-president Saddam Hussein and his sons 48 hours to give up power and leave in order to avoid going to war.

25. He’s pro-life.

26. He’s a Republican (sorry, liberals, 25 and 26 may not be for you).

27. He gave up drinking in 1986.

28. He earned an MBA from Harvard University.

29. Bush loved baseball, and he bought the Texas Rangers before he was President – he later sold them.

30. He established the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

31. When Jimmy Kimmel asked him if he knew who Beyonce was, Bush responded, “She’s from Texas.”

32. He told Jimmy Kimmel “the best humor is when you make fun of yourself.”

33. He was the head cheerleader during his senior year of high school.

34. He DOES believe in global warming; he just questions if humans are the main problem.

35. He and Michelle Obama are pals.

36. He has a good character that is seen in everything that he does.

37.  He has a strong conviction – he never gave up the idea that America could make a difference in the Middle East.

38. He loves his family and his country – and Texas.

39.  People liked working with him.

40. He was transparent and open.

41. His book, “Portraits of Courage”, is a tribute to the military men and women.

42. The book’s proceeds all go to help support 9/11 Veterans.

43. He was the 43rd President of the United States.