Thank You, Mr. President.

I know that in the scheme of all things political, I am a bit naive.  I don’t understand the inner-workings of the government, I have no desire to follow politics as closely as some, and I trust that deep down inside, everyone wants the best for our country, even if we all have different ideas of how to get there or what “the best” means.

I know, I know.  I live in a bit of a fantasy world.

But I have been reading so many posts and seen avatars and read status updates and…well, the list goes on and on.  And I couldn’t let today end and tomorrow dawn without posting this.

Thank you, George W. Bush.  You have had a difficult task in front of you, and I respect you for rising to the challenge, and for doing the best that you could when you were confronted with hard choices.  I am sure you have regrets, and that you made mistakes.  I’m sure that if you could go back, you might do some things differently.

But I believe you did the best you could, and I thank you for taking the reins of our country and leading us down an uncertain road.

I know there are many who are saying that your presidency will be recognized as the worst in history.  I don’t think so, and I want you to know that I won’t remember it to my children that way.  Under your presidency, my husband I have secured and kept jobs that we love, purchased two beautiful homes, had two amazing children, and been able to provide them with everything they need and more.  We’ve had the opportunity to live overseas, and haven’t met anyone who hasn’t wanted to be friends with us because we’re Americans.

I think history will remember you as a good man in a difficult situation, with difficult choices.  Mistakes?  Yes.  But someone deserving of a lower approval rating than Nixon’s on the day he was impeached?  No.

I know that I will remember you standing on a pile of rubble in New York City on September 12, 2001, and when the man in the crowd shouted, “We can’t hear you,” you shouted back…”But I can hear you.”  I got tears in my eyes then, and that is the President Bush I will remember.

Thank you for leading us.  I look forward to Mr. Obama’s presidency with hope, because I know our country needs to make some changes.  But I remember you and your presidency, and thank you.