"There's an old saying, 'Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.'"
George Bush's acceptance speech to the nation was brief. His inclusion of the sentence above exemplifies the man and shows why he received more votes for president than any other candidate in our nation's history.
That simple statement reflects the humility, faith and calling of George Bush. It reflects his quiet confidence and the maturity of knowing that in order to live up to the task of being an effective leader of the free world, one cannot chart his course by the latest public opinion polls or the demands of nations that do not share America's core values of freedom and personal responsibility.
Twice now, George Bush has been through protracted periods of electoral uncertainty that would cause most folks to grow bitter, or at the very least, to become stressed out. I don't know about you, but during the post-election trauma of 2000 ? those many weeks of chad counting, accusations, lawsuits, etc. ? I couldn't help but be struck by how calm he remained ? how decidedly unworried he was. And although this election result was delayed by less than a day, I was again struck by George Bush's concern for his father ? rather than his re-election prospects ? when he described how, at 3:30 a.m. on election night, he advised his anxious dad to go to bed.
My goodness, I didn't even climb into bed until after 5:00 a.m., yet the president was calm enough to shuffle his family members off to sleep on the biggest night of his life? How is he able to do this? One reason is because he has stated that the same dad he sent to sleep taught him long ago that "life is bigger than politics."
"Life is bigger than politics." This is an astounding statement from a political figure who has been twice elected as the most powerful man in the world. But it is precisely because the American people know that George Bush understands what is of value that they have given him a mandate and the privilege of power. America knows that for George Bush, being president isn't about politics ? it's about life itself.
Of course, the faith and fortitude that has come to characterize George Bush was most vividly evident in the days immediately after 9-11. The world saw a president who was calm, determined, resolved and absolutely committed to fighting evil. And the same demeanor has been continuously evident ever since through all the difficult and gut-wrenching days of war and criticism.