Friday, April 29, 2005

President Bush as role model?

President Bush held a press conference last night in an effort to revive his sagging efforts to reform Social Security. During the course of the question and answer period, which ranged across many topics, President Bush had the following to say:

Role of religion in our society? I view religion as a personal matter. I think a person ought to be judged on how he or she lives his life or lives her life.

And that's how I've tried to live my life: through example.

But exactly what sort of example has he set? All I can think of is that he hasn't cheated on his wife or lied under oath. Other than by comparison to Clinton's obvious flaws, I can't think of any positive examples that Bush has set for the rest of the country by how he has led his personal life. I'm interested in hearing what you think.

10 Comments:

Blogger The Critics said...

I believe he was referring to his role as Commander in Chief. Sure, he may have had a little history in college, but havent we all? Correct me if I'm wrong. The fact that he hasnt had any indiscretions in two terms is definitely a positive for him. Being a role model is more than just being commander in chief, he is a good father (despite their antics) and a good husband, and that is important to being a good role model as well. Who knows.

4/29/2005 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

i haven't had any discretions in college but then again i didn't accomplish anything in college either (much of the reason i am now referred to as the bum from jersey). bush i don't think is great role model. not personally or professionally. i am not going to judge the quality of his work but i don't like how he delegates responsibility. yeah its tradition, but i just dont' respect that. also, for me to respect him, he has to admit when he is wrong. as a leader you must lead, not only through the good times but the bad times as well (i.e. don't pass off the bullshit intelligence for the iraqi war on the cia. yeah, it was their intelligence but he made the decision to go to war based on that. admit you were wrong about that without using 'but...')

4/29/2005 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

then again, i think he could be considered a role model. for a guy who was a drug addict and alcoholic for a significant proportion of his adult life and didn't get a job on his own merits until he was almost 40 years old, he is an inspiration for any of those who don't believe you can start life over (and in his case over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over) again even when you made some serious mistakes in your life. you probably have to be in the upper 2% wealth wise, but most people who are drug addicts and alcoholics and lazy are in that top 2% anyway. wait...

4/29/2005 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Bush, despite his youthful escapades, managed to get an education, raised a family, set up a business and aspired to become president of the United States.

He is frank. Although he doesn't use elaborate language, he comes directly to the point. He is trying to make a difference and is very courageous.

- Jerseyan Conservative

4/29/2005 09:30:00 PM  
Blogger Ha ha hit him again said...

I would say that we should give him some credit for overcoming his alcohol addiction problem and being open about it.

4/29/2005 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger putonyourspecs said...

I think we should also give him credit for admitting that the bruises on his face were from when he choked on a pretzel and passed out.

4/29/2005 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger Ha ha hit him again said...

yea Bobby Byrd a choke, a heart attack, and a wrestling injury away from POTUS at the time

4/30/2005 02:37:00 PM  
Blogger sling said...

i completely agree with bum from jersey. well said.

-bum from albany

5/01/2005 10:31:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I think he deserves credit for sticking to his guns and persevering in issues that he believes are right regardless of opposition. He does not give in to the pressure to conform; he does the hard thing and braves the unmerited "Bush bashing" from Hollywood and media. I like people who say what they think and don't back down when they find that others think their views are unpopular.

6/13/2005 11:17:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

I think he deserves credit for sticking to his guns and persevering in issues that he believes are right regardless of opposition. He does not give in to the pressure to conform; he does the hard thing and braves the unmerited "Bush bashing" from Hollywood and media. I like people who say what they think and don't back down when they find that others think their views are unpopular.

6/13/2005 11:17:00 PM  

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