I’ve been watching parts of various stages of President Bush’s funeral over the last few days.
I have wept a bit for a man and a family I did not particularly admire.
I can’t for the life of me figure out why.
Maybe I was moved by the fact that he was my President. He was the President of my United States, duly and fairly elected by my US countrymen. He was not inserted in the White House by gangsters from another country. That’s a good reason, but not a particularly high standard.
Maybe I was moved by his family life and his faithful devotion to the singular partner of his life. That’s another good reason, but not a historically high standard.
Maybe I was moved by President Bush’s volunteering for military duty at the age of eighteen in defiance of his parents’ college plans for him, at a moment in history when the rightness of our country’s military activities seemed clear and the success of those activities were far from clear. It was no time for bone spurs.
Maybe I was moved by President Bush’s advocacy for the rights of, and his lack of mockery of the disabled. I mean, who would do that?
Maybe it was simply the passing of a man more competent, more dutiful, more loyal, and perhaps kinder than I will ever be…
I’m not President.
<< snort! >>
Can you imagine?
Electing someone President who’s not more competent, more dutiful, more loyal, and kinder than you are yourself? What would be the point of that?
That would be enough to make you cry…