Doug Giles

Before 9/11, President George W. Bush seemed like a mediocre President, concerned with mediocre issues, whose defeat in the next election was already being prophesied by the Democrats ? and the Liberal Media?s Axis of Drivel.

Heck, before he was elected President, people were saying that choosing between Bush and Gore was like choosing between listening to your sister?s first clarinet recital or watching Janet Reno floss.

You remember the shtick leveled at George W. by Saturday Night Live.  Bush was portrayed as a vacuous, vapid frat rat ? an inarticulate, partying, C student, living prodigally off ?41?s? bank roll, unable to pin the head on Chechnya?s president, point to Sri Lanka on the map or right a Rubik?s cube.  He was touted as a bumbling, intellectual lightweight whose main source of entertainment was catching horny toads and doing one-syllable crossword puzzles.

The polluted mainstream press portrayed Bush as an incompetent who was in way over his head. 

The media mongrels doubted W?s ability to run our country ? maybe Texas or the Texas Rangers, but govern the nation?  Never!  According to the spin, this well-financed Richie Rich who wore Wranglers and sported a Stetson had been promoted by Daddy Bush and his friends to his level of incompetence.

Suffice it to say his critics weren?t getting the ?George Washington? vibe from George W?.  Until 9/11/2001 that is, when 19 Arab Muslim hijackers armed with box cutters, commandeered four huge passenger jets loaded with thousands of pounds of jet fuel, crashed two of them into the WTC, one into the Pentagon and another, intended for the Capitol Building, into a field in western Pennsylvania.

Thousands of moms and dads, sons and daughters, policemen and firemen from the United States of America, as well as 80 other nations, were liquated in one bloody morning of terror.

Here?s when the chads truly hit the fan, and the mundane became mitigated.  Given this new milieu, the immediate response called for courage and clarity.  And voil?nbsp; Mr. Inarticulate and Mediocre rose to the occasion.

All of a sudden [supposedly], we?ve got a man with a mission who feels and sees a serious calling.  Suddenly, much to the chagrin of the Liberal Spinmeisters, we see a steely-eyed statesman: a leader who shows competence, lucidity, wisdom and a profound depth of character in the aftermath of the most horrendous attack ever on this great nation. 

Doug Giles

Doug Giles is the Big Dawg at and the Co-Owner of The Safari Cigar Company. Follow him onFacebook and Twitter. And check out his new book, Rise, Kill and Eat: A Theology of Hunting from Genesis to Revelation.