The Daily Show recently had a montage showing George W. Bush at the economic summit looking not quite a member of the group. Given his lack of popularity in Europe and his lame duck status, that's not surprising, but I felt an unaccountable warmth towards him. I thought about how meaningless the perception of the world community really is, and I remembered how it is to be an outsider.
Sure I disliked most of his policy decisions (except for the tax cuts and the judges). But there was always a good-heartedness about him and a remarkable lack of bitterness towards his legion of enemies. Most especially his decision to give massive aid to Africa was telling.
So it was good to see this nice tribute to GWB on the American Catholic blog. I often think of GWB when I'm reading his favorite Psalm (Ps 27):
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?