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Former president George W Bush has commented on national affairs in recent years even more seldom than has Barack Obama.
Which made the video statement he made to the nation, calling for unity in this time of national emergency, even more valuable.
As the American president when the United States faced the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Bush knows a thing or two about the topic. Bush rallied the nation in a spirit of harmony and common purpose in the days and weeks which followed the attacks.
In his remarks released Sunday, Bush harkened back to that spirit which united the country in the wake of September 11, saying, he “saw a great nation rises as one to honor the brave to grieve with the grieving and to embrace unavoidable new duties.”
“And I have no doubt, none at all, that this spirit of service and sacrifice is alive and well in America,” he said.
Despite restrictions like social distancing measures, Bush said Americans “can find ways to be present in the lives of others to ease their anxiety, and share their burdens.” And the former president asked that the country “remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat.”
Bush not once mentioned Trump by name, or specifically the divisions Trump has been sowing in the fabric of the nation.
Yet, Trump couldn’t help but take a slap at Bush’s attempt, tweeting that Bush “was nowhere to be found” during Trump’s impeachment trial as if one thing had to do with the other.
However, while Trump of course misses his point, the rest of us ought to very much heed President Bush’s much-needed wisdom.
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