Respect the Past



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The New York Times decided to put an image of Sunday’s march to mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma civil rights clashes, of President Obama and his family leading the marchers.  That’s OK but leaving out former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura is a political move that was not necessary. The official White House blog’s Sunday entry on the Alabama march led with only focusing on President Obama and his family, as well as civil rights figures, but it left out any image of the former President Bush. The White House did acknowledge that Bush was there but they could have done it in a more respectful way.  It seemed staged for Democratic partisan politics instead of a bipartisan support of civil rights.

I feel like that was disrespectful, because he was our president and deserves to be on the photo. It should have been Bush and Obama standing together leading the march.  This would be a welcome sign of unity and I think it was a failure in leadership to make it seem so partisan.

I know President Bush was a good President of United States Of America and if he ran again I would vote for him to be President again.   I also know there are others who do not agree.  No matter what your politics may be the current President will always have an opportunity to lead with unit if he honors and respects those Presidents who come before him.

Personally, I have more respect for President Bush than President Obama, but Obama is the president; so he has the power and authority to honor the office and lead with unity by at least having a photo of both Presidents- past and present standing next to each other.  If I were President I would look for every way possible to lead with unity and not partisan division.  Civil Rights is a victory for all Americans, not just Democrats.

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English: Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush. Português: Foto oficial de George W. Bush, presidente dos Estados Unidos da América. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)