I just watched the Jay Leno interview with President George W. Bush, and I gotta say, I have a lot of respect for President Bush.
No, no…I’m not going to actually get into politics. And I’m not going to tell you if I voted Republican or Democrat or if I was pro-war or anti-war.
But I have a lot of respect for President Bush. And a lot of respect for President Clinton. And a lot of respect for the first President Bush.
I think that’s what makes the US pretty different from a lot of other countries: President Clinton was pretty vicious on the 1st President Bush. Some of you aren’t old enough to remember, but the famous slogan that Clinton used when he ran for president against the first President Bush was, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
But the 3 of them are actually really, really, REALLY close friends now. There have been lots of articles written about how Clinton says that he actually views George Bush Sr. like his own dad and how he views George W. Bush like his own brother.
During the interview with Jay Leno, President George W. Bush said something that really stood out at me.
(Forward it to 00:28)
To me, that says a lot.
There’s no doubt that there’s a HUGE gap in difference between President George W. Bush’s policies vs. President Obama’s policies. And again, I’m not here to argue one side or the other.
But I appreciate the fact that he respects President Obama and purposely chooses to never say anything bad about him.
(Side Note to anybody who’s a US politics freak like me: This is why President Carter isn’t as thought of as fondly as the other current presidents: He’s tended to be a little snippy and be really critical of the people he doesn’t agree with. =P)
But to me, that kind of character that President Bush Sr. and President Clinton and President Bush Jr. have really means a lot.
Because it means that you have the right to speak out and you have the right to point out the flaws or disagreements that you have with somebody else and you have the right to “take revenge” on whatever way you were wronged in the past…
…but even though you have the right to, you choose not to.
It’s funny being on tumblr and getting to know my followers. Sometimes we realize that we have REALLY different views on things and that we’re totally against each other on issues.
But then we realize that we’re more than just about disagreements or issues, and that both of us will yell at each other over issues or topics, but that it’s just a personal disagreement and that we’re still really good friends.
I always try to find people like that in my life:
It’s okay to be totally different from my point of view.
It’s okay to think that I’m 100% wrong on my stance and it’s okay for me to think that you’re 100% wrong on your stance.
It’s okay if you’re pro-war or anti-war
It’s okay if you’re pro-gay marriage or anti-gay marriage or liberal or conservative or religious or atheist.
All that matters is that you’ve got character.
If you have character…then we’re gonna be the bestest of friends. :)