Rich Galen

There will be hundreds of thousands of words written and spoken in support of, and in opposition to, the Presidency of George W. Bush. Others, like Karen Hughes, Karl Rove, and Ed Gillespie to name but three, served at Bush's side and will have a better perspective than the rest of us.

We will read and hear more, I suspect, about Hurricane Katrina, than Bush's bold - and lifesaving - commitment to reducing HIV/AIDS in Africa with his support of the PEPFAR program. We will read and hear more of the economic collapse at the end of his second term than we will of his willingness to reach out to the very Hispanic voters that the GOP is accused of alienating today.

Notwithstanding how difficult bringing stability back to Iraq has been, citizens - especially women - in the Gulf States enjoy political freedoms unthinkable before the Bush State Department helped Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and even Saudi Arabia find their way into the 19th century - if not yet the 21st.

I don't know George W. Bush all that well. Certainly not well enough to tell you what he's thinking or what his plans might be.

It does appear that he is comfortable in his post-Presidency.

It will be fun to be around others who worked in the Bush Administration. We'll retell old stories, catch up on children and grandchildren; former colleagues who didn't make the trip, and those who have left us.

I was proud to have been given the opportunity to serve during his Presidency and I think, decades down the road, he will be seen as a force for good in the world.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at