06 July 2012


by Andy Weddington
Friday, 06 July 2012

"The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon." George W.

As of about five weeks ago there are two portraits of a George W. gracing the walls of the White House. Between the 'bookends' are portraits of 41 other presidents. Some did a better job than others.

The latest George W. portrait, that of Mr. Bush, was unveiled at a White House ceremony on the last day of May--as goes tradition--hosted by the sitting president. Despite political differences, the host and honoree, though each delivered lighthearted jabs, adhered to the other George W.'s--Mr. Washington, that is--rules of civility.

Mr. Bush, adept at one-liners and comfortable with self-deprecation, referred to the occasion as his "hanging." He reminded the audience we have First Lady Dolley Madison to thank for safekeeping the first George W.'s portrait--she rescued it after the White House was set afire by British soldiers in 1814. Glancing towards Michelle Obama and while nodding at his portrait, he charged like responsibilities for safekeeping the second George W. portrait by saying, "There's your man." Surely, Michelle made note. And then Mr. Bush remarked to his successor that he could now, while wandering the halls, stop in front of his portrait and ask, "What would George do?" Surely, Mr. Obama made note, too.

It's doubtful, to say the least, Mr. Obama much cares about what George W., the latter, would do.

But he might have been well served during his tenure if spending some time now and again before the portrait of George W., the former, and asking, "What do you think, George?"

With the scientific community's recent announcement noting discovery of the Higgs Boson, the supposed 'God particle,' who know what's going on in our universe and what may be possible.

Too bad a peculiar personality, among other things, preempted the discussion(s). For had they those talks maybe things would have been different for him and our country. Maybe. But with less than five months to Election Day, it's too late. The time for talk has passed.

What would George W. have thought? His expected answers likely explain why he was not consulted.

Perhaps our next president will find quiet moments to spend visiting with George W.

In case he tunes in to this forum, next under is an original interpretation rendered in paint and fine-tuned on iPad. Available, maybe there will be a spot of wall or space on the desktop, end table, or bookshelf in the Office Oval when redecorated come January. Maybe.

Whatever it takes, however big or small, to remind, to stimulate conversation and help return to our founding, our roots. For the lessons of strong leadership are neither old-fashioned nor out-dated. Just ask George W.

 George W.(ashington)
1st President of the United States of America (1789-1797)

Post Script

The author of today's opening quote? George W.(ashington)

Author's Endnote

George W. (Bush)
43rd President of the United States of America (2001-2009)

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