Friday, January 23, 2009

Jenna and Barbara Bush

It is comical now to look back at the wild predictions that were made by some of the lunatics on the left fringe (yes there are lunatics on the right fringe, too) about how Bush would declare marshall law and turn himself into a dictator and not relinquish control of the White House when it came time.  It is sad that some people actually believe that.

In fact, the Bush administration was remarkably coordial and helpful with the transition of power and went out of their way to ensure a smooth turnover.

But today I think I saw the best of the Bush family.  If you haven't already seen it, go read the letter by Jenna and Barbara Bush to Sasha and Malia Obama.  The Bush twins are now 26, but they have a shared bond with the Obama girls, and their letter is a very human and wonderful letter and you can feel the sympathy of the Bush girls as they try to welcome the Obama girls to what is surely a very lonely yet exciting life.

I especially enjoyed the last paragraph:

And finally, although it's an honor and full of so many extraordinary
opportunities, it isn't always easy being a member of the club you are
about to join. Our dad, like yours, is a man of great integrity and
love; a man who always put us first. We still see him now as we did
when we were seven: as our loving daddy. Our Dad, who read to us
nightly, taught us how to score tedious baseball games. He is our
father, not the sketch in a paper or part of a skit on TV. Many people
will think they know him, but they have no idea how he felt the day you
were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school, or how much
you both love being his daughters. So here is our most important piece
of advice: remember who your dad really is.
I respect that kind of grace.  Surely they disagree with Obama's politics, but they respect him for who he is to his children, and that is a Dad.

And whether you are a nurse or the president, there is no greater title a man can have than Dad.

1 comment:

Epijunky said...

Hey Braden :)

I read the letter they wrote to the Obama girls, and I loved it.

And you're right, there is no title a person can hold than Mom or Dad.