While the crash itself was an awful thing, I couldn't help but feel proud after learning that all souls were safe. I even felt a little warm and fuzzy as I heard stories related by news anchors about the heroes of the day. The pilot did a phenomenal job and I am convinced it was the hand of the Lord that caused that plane to stop before hitting the George Washington bridge! To think there were no deaths or major injuries amazes me; but hearing how smoothly the rescues went and that pedestrians were involved in any way they needed to be helpful was such a blessing. To hear the reports, with such positive, glowing words reminded me that yes, indeed, I do live in the best country on earth! I guess hearing about Americans coming together in a tragedy was a needed break from all the mud slinging and criticizing that has plagued our airwaves for much too long! Albeit our country has more problems than we would like and we have some real sleaze balls in our citizenry, our good outweighs our bad. We have many wonderful things we should praise about our nation. We have many great people living amongst us. It's just too sad that it sometimes takes a tragedy for us to see how strong and decent our nation and citizens really are!
Did anyone feel a sense of pride when hearing the positive actions and results after the crash? This tragedy which turned into a triumph, helped remind me that I live in the best country on earth!
Another emotional half hour for me was the time I spent watching our President Bush giving his farewell speech. What love he has for this country and how unkindly he has been treated! I'm so thankful that he never wavered nor left his principles. I'm thankful he was a REAL man, not working to be popular, but working to keep us safe! Don't ever let it escape your memory that he and his policies have kept us safe for nearly eight years. I'm also very proud for all the money and effort he has put into fighting aids in Africa. I believe his approval rate there is 80%!!! May God go with him as he begins a new chapter in his life next week.
Mrs. Laura Bush with President Bush, 2008