After watching President George W. Bush deliver his farewell speech to the nation, there remain two images that in my mind define President Bush. One is personal, which I may share a bit of over the weekend during his final days in office. The other is really no less personal, though observed via television from a couple short miles away.
Even years from now, when I remember President George W. Bush, this will still forever be a defining moment. Ignoring the Secret Service demands to stay within protocol, plan and security measures, the President silhouetted himself and climbed the rubble, grabbed a bullhorn, and spoke unscripted to the men and women working tirelessly even as the task at Ground Zero was making the sobering transition from rescue to recovery.
That was the President of the United States.