I don't think there will be any shift in rhetoric or policy as the result of the activity on the campus of Southern Methodist University Thursday morning; but for 90 minutes the five living leaders of a great nation and many of the people who served in the administration of at least one of them, paused and reflected on the high points, the low points, the hazards, the rewards, and the honor of serving America.
As President George W. Bush said in his remarks:
"In democracy, the purpose of public office is not to fulfill personal ambition. Elected officials must serve a cause greater than themselves.
"The political winds blow left and right, polls rise and fall, supporters come and go. But in the end leaders are defined by the convictions that they hold."
"I will always believe that our nation's best days lie ahead."