The guy who’s going to miss George W. Bush

Stop the presses! They have found the guy who’s going to miss George W. Bush! It’s Jim Towey, director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives from 2002 to 2006, and, in a column originally published in The Wall Street Journal, Towney talks about how he’ll miss Bush’s “bedrock decency.”

The column, which first appeared in the Nov. 8 WSJ, is reprinted at Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink Web site, which last week urged supporters to send an automated message to Bush — who is entering his last 10 weeks in office with a 68 percent disapproval rating — via Focus’ auto-generated customizable letter-sending software.

CitizenLink reported that “nearly 2,000” people had signed onto the automated, edit-friendly letter to Bush since October, thanking him specifically for signing into law the so-called Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act and the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

In his guest column, Towey praises Bush for his legacy of appointing conservative Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts. Towey also described how Bush — who has engaged in such antics as flipping the bird on video in a “One-Fingered Victory Salute” and calling Adam Clymer of The New York Times a “major league asshole” — endured offensive public abuse.

From the guest column:

He had a rough road from Day One. His first inauguration struck me as a portent. I was there, shivering in the grandstands on Pennsylvania Avenue. At the exact moment the president heard “Hail to the Chief” for the first time and was announced to the audience, a sleet storm descended from the skies. ?It has never let up.

Through it all, Mr. Bush kept his head up and soldiered on. He took the criticism in stride. I remember riding with him in his presidential limousine to the Washington Hilton for a speech. A woman standing at an intersection directed an obscene gesture at him that I had hoped he missed. The president waved to her and with a bemused look said to me, “Did you see what she did?”

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