As many people do, I have mixed feelings regarding Obama, past Presidents, and other politicians. I know that many have done a wonderful service to this country and others have failed us in numerous ways. President Bush is no exception to this. I will not delve into my personal feelings too much here, but i believe there were pros and cons to his presidency. I do admit that I have been one of so many that have been naive about politics, including what occurs in our nation and what occurs globally.
I recently had the opportunity to read George W. Bush's "Decision Points". This was my first time reading a book written by a President. President Bush provides an account of us upbringing, his education, and his decisions and influences that lead him to politics. President Bush discusses his successes and failures on a variety of subjects, including stem cell research, September 11th, and the war in Iraq, to name a few. Decision Points is a detailed account that provides an immense amount of information that the average American may not have known unless they were glued to MSNBC or CNN.
My thoughts about the book:
As I mentioned previously, I had mixed feelings about President Bush. However, I had little to no knowledge about him as a person and I certainly did not have background information about his politics. I, along with so many others, am guilty of judging politicians based upon their actions. This is not to say that this is not without cause; however, I was not aware of why certain decisions were made; therefore, who am I to judge? For example, scores of people have judged Bush regarding his actions on the day of September 11th. This is the worst attack we have ever had on our nation's soil, of course people are going to judge; however, so much was happening that day of which people were not aware. I, for one, appreciated reading why various decisions were made and it certainly helped me wrap my brain around the events of that horrible day. This is only one example of what the book discusses. There are so many others.
This is not a light read. It is deep serious content and it took me a while to read. However, it is worth it. I feel more educated. On a lighter note, it reaffirmed my belief that I would never want that job for all the money it he world!
*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this book. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.