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Thursday, January 30, 2003  

Preacher George

George W. Bush is not boring. Not to liberals, not to conservatives. His is an administration to launch a thousand blogs. But among the manifold ways in which the President is not boring, I am particularly interested in the evolution of his personality. With his State of the Union address two nights ago, we saw he third face of his emerging persona. The first wave of SotU analysis focused chiefly (and appropriately) on his initiatives, but behind the hydrogen cars and aid to Africa (and of course, bombs over Baghdad), there was something else. Listen:

“As our nation moves troops and builds alliances to make our world safer, we must also remember our calling as a blessed country is to make this world better.”

This is a very different persona from the bump-along Governor of 1999 and 2000. The good ‘ol boy George of that era was distingushed mainly for being a nice guy. Buddy George, the kind of guy you’d like to drink beer with or catch a ballgame. If I were getting paid to blog, I’d do a little research into the adjectives reporters used then to describe him—I suspect they’d be in the “genial” cluster. (Of course I’m not, so we’ll just have to guess.)

But Buddy George died somewhere in a plane on the way to Nebraska on September 11th, 2001, presumably while he watched Rudy Giuliani bestride rubble and wreckage, striking courage into the hearts of shocked Americans. You see, this is the fascinating thing—the President has been a leader for less than a decade. Whereas most politicians polish their images in the relatively dim glow of state legislatures or on city councils, Bush is doing it before our eyes. September 11 accelerated the process, and from it emerged General George, “smoke ‘em out” George. This is the "bold" George about whom so much has been made since 9/11 (surf on over to the Daily Howler for the annals of boldness)--certainly a far cry from Buddy George.

Two nights ago, things got even more interesting. General George, who admittedly was getting a bit tedious, morphed into something new. General George was having to muck around with polls and allies, both of which seemed to indicate that they were wishing they could have Buddy George back. Instead, they got Preacher George.

Preacher George don't need no stinkin' allies. Preacher George doesn't care about polls. Preacher George has gone beyond politics and into faith.

"In each case, the ambitions of Hitlerism, militarism and communism were defeated by the will of free peoples, by the strength of great alliances and by the might of the United States of America.

Now, in this century, the ideology of power and domination has appeared again, and seeks to gain the ultimate weapons of terror. Once again this nation and all our friends are all that stand between a world at peace and a world of chaos and constant alarm. Once again we are called to defend the safety of our people and the hopes of all mankind. And we accept this responsibility."

Preacher George is confident in his policies, sure enough to be a true leader. Allies, polls, they may not reflect support, but that doesn't mean the support won't come. Of course it will come, once Preacher George shows the way...

"Americans are a free people, who know that freedom is the right of every person and the future of every nation. The liberty we prize is not America's gift to the world; it is God's gift to humanity.

We Americans have faith in ourselves but not in ourselves alone. We do not know - we do not claim to know all the ways of Providence, yet we can trust in them, placing our confidence in the loving God behind all of life and all of history.

May he guide us now, and may God continue to bless the United States of America."

Can I get an Amen!

posted by Jeff | 10:17 AM |
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