President George W. Bush’s inaugural address

So it begins. Four more years of great leadership and moral courage. President George W. Bush officially began his second term as President of the United States of America this morning at a ceremony in Washington. I was unable to watch his inaugural address, but I was able to read the transcript this afternoon. I read through it and wish I could have been able to watch it live.

I watched several of the State of the Union speeches, his first inaugural speech, and his other various comments over the last four years and there is something about the way President Bush speaks that just grabs my attention. President Bush seems like an actual man, not the leader of the free world, when he speaks. His sometimes stumbles over words and uses different pronunciation just like normal people do. Perhaps the reason his style of speaking appeals so much to my is my southern roots. The black tie and boots ball last night seemed like the perfect event for the President and had I the chance to attend, I would be there in my black tie and boots. Back to the inaugural address.

After reading the transcript, I had a feeling of progress and hope. It is so easy for me in my profession to look at the War on Terror and dread it. I may not be on the front lines, but I feel the stress of it here in the states. President Bush had a few words to say about the military that made me feel appreciated not only by citizens, but by him.

A few Americans have accepted the hardest duties in this cause - in the quiet work of intelligence and diplomacy … the idealistic work of helping raise up free governments … the dangerous and necessary work of fighting our enemies. Some have shown their devotion to our country in deaths that honored their whole lives - and we will always honor their names and their sacrifice.

I haven’t made the sacrifice the President is speaking about, but my brothers and sisters in arms have. The honor that the President and the rest of the country gives them humbles me.

I look forward to the next four years. What they hold remains to be seen, but in the end, America will prosper.

9 Responses to “President George W. Bush’s inaugural address”

  1. Jon Says:

    Better Kerry than Bush. :)

    Four more years starting NOW.

  2. The MUSC Tiger Says:

    And Now….Time for the Show: The Inauguration

    Jeff points out that The Regulator will be attending the inauguration and providing a blog on the subject later today.

    James Joyner will be attending the festivities as well.

    The Vodkapundit points out that Right Side Redux is audio blogging the …

  3. Bob Says:

    Yes, four more years of very brave men and women coming home maimed or in coffins. Men and women who deserve all the credit and recognition we can give them. Men and women who have had their ultimate sacrifice dirtied by the lies foisted off by the President and his cronies as to why we are there in the first place.

    Someone needs to be held accountable. and to date, no one has. Even if he just fired ONE of his advisors, I would keep my mouth shut. But no one has been held accountable for this gods-awful mess.

  4. Marcus Says:

    Let me ask one question. You don’t think the world is a better place now that Saddam is out of power?

  5. Bob Says:

    That is an excuse.

    If the administration had said “we’re going there to remove Saddam”, I would have said “Good for you, kill the sunovabitch”. But they didn’t.

    But to answer your question, Yes, of course it is. But he has been replaced. The vacume left by his removal was filled with someone else.

  6. Allen Says:

    Bob.

    What if Lincoln had said, “we’re going to free the slaves?”

    He didn’t say that.

    Is it fair to use the same statements you used?

    Bob said:

    “Men and women who deserve all the credit and recognition we can give them. Men and women who have had their ultimate sacrifice dirtied by the lies foisted off by the President and his cronies as to why we are there in the first place.”

    The lies you speak of were believed by every country on this planet. The administration only was repeating what it was being fed.

    The slavery issue came about as an aftertought, please forgive me for saying, but it was something that came as a direct result of the actual reason.

  7. Marcus Says:

    The year was 1998 and William J Clinton was President. On October 31 of that year, H.R. 4655 was signed and became Public Law No: 105-338 better known as Iraq Liberation Act of 1998.

    Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 - Declares that it should be the policy of the United States to seek to remove the Saddam Hussein regime from power in Iraq and to replace it with a democratic government.

  8. Chris Short Says:

    WMD was the major concern of a nation that had recently lost 3,000+ citizens in the worst terrorist attack to ever occur in the history of man. A madman was going unchecked and there was a law stating that he should be removed from power.

    There are thousands of reasons to remove Saddam but the one chosen was WMD.

    Bob, you and every liberal on the planet contradict themselves every time you say we’re glad he’s gone but President Bush lied. Drop the overused liar crap and convince your party to work with the American majority to make this country and the world a safer place.

  9. Bob Says:

    Why should I drop the liar line? He lied about the WMD’s.

    There were no WMD’s. There was no evidence there was WMD’s. There wasn’t even any evidence that they were even trying to get WMD’s.

    Come on, we all know WHY he went after Iraq. And no, it wasn’t for oil.

    It was because Saadam tried to have Bush Sr. assassinated just after he left office.

    If the man had said “Yes, he tried to assassinate my father” I would have applauded him. He would have never gotten away with it, but I would have applauded him anyways.

    Just stop the lies already.

    And thank you, Marcus, I did not know that existed. Alot of people don’t know that existed.

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