Bob Costas interviewed President Bush last night. Now, it is no secret that I think our current administration is corrupt and ridiculous. However, I have never really believed that the PURE EVIL went all the way to the top. I rather think that President Bush surrounded himself by smart people, knowing that he was missing some of the crayons in his own box, and compensating. Most presidents do this. The fact that he chose so many vile people was perhaps more error in judgment than rotten to the core-ness.
But I digress.
What I really came to say was that he was very good during the interview. The setting was relaxed and comfortable. Costas was a little heavy on the political questions, but other than a little bit of stuttering and that shocking accent, President Bush handled himself very well. He said something that I thought was very bold, and not incredibly popular, but true. He said essentially that once religion takes hold in a country, then there is no stopping people's desire for freedom. It is true that while religion has also been used to DEPRIVE people of their rights, when their is religious freedom, the opposite effect happens. America's experiment in democracy could not have happened without abolishing any compulsion to worship or not worship. I'm not sure that a president who was not a lame duck would dare to make such a statement. But then, to his credit, President Bush has never been ashamed of his faith.
On another blog, I was reading about favorite Olympic memories. Here is mine. I was nine years old that summer. We were at Bear Lake, staying at the condos at Sweetwater, but every afternoon when it was too hot, and every evening when we were bored, we turned on the summer Olympics. America was so dominant that year (because of the Soviet and company boycott), and it was fun to watch our men and women mop up in every event. The other family we were vacationing with had a daughter who was very much into gymnastics: though she was just a year or two older than me, she had already competed all over the western US. We couldn't take our eyes off the little gal with the HUGE smile. Has there ever been a better example of grace under pressure?