Rush Limbaugh, time and again, has cited a favorite quotation from his Dad Rush, Sr. which went something like: "You can tell a lot about the character of a man by how he treats people who can't do anything for him."
With that in mind, in retrospect President George W. Bush was quite a man, according to U2 frontman Bono in an interview which aired yesterday on Focus on the Family:
"Most of the 9 million lives that are now saved, HIV/AIDS sufferers, are paid for by the [United States]. ... This should be shouted from the rooftops. This is a heroic American story. And I am here to thank the American people for that."
And I also want to thank the evangelical community for that, because it wouldn't have happened without their leadership. Because they like myself, pestered George Bush and the administration, who actually deserve praise for starting this out. "President Obama has followed through on it. It's always been bipartisan. ... But you know, it was the evangelicals [that] did that."
As they say, there's more, some of which may raise conservative eyebrows (after all, this was Bono speaking). Nonetheless, this does fit a pattern with our 43rd president: University of Rhode Island women's studies professor Donna Hughes once said of GWB and his behind-the-scenes efforts against sex trafficking: "by supporting the abolitionist work against the global sex trade, he has done more for women and girls than any one other president I can think of."
For all their "demonization" by the current powers-that-be, evangelical Christian George W. Bush, along with his fellow American believers, really seem to have cared enough to genuinely help millions they may never meet and who could never reciprocate the favor. Would that the Obama administration have an equally strong love for their fellow impoverished man.
Kurt Wayne is married with two grown children, and lives in Bella Vista, AR where he is a web developer who also oversees three web-based Brazilian ministries.