When he left office in 2009, George W. Bush had the lowest approval ratings of any outgoing President since Nixon. After a few years of silence, 43 has come back into the spotlight and is just as lighthearted and “Texan” as ever. I personally love the Bush’s, but Dubya will always have a special place in my heart. Here are 43 uniquely 43 moments and reasons that show he truly is a national treasure:

  1. He gives a great commencement address.

    “To those of you who received honors, awards, and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students I say, you, too, can be President of the United States.” — Commencement Address at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut May 21, 2001

  2. He had the cutest White House dog. I mean who doesn’t love Barney?

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  3. He just wants to inspire us all

  4. He’s great with kids.

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  5. He’s a good ole’ Texas boy who loves his mama.

  6. He always knew people “misunderestimated” him.

    “They misunderestimated me.” – Bentonville, Arkansas; November 6, 2000

  7. He married Laura. #class

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  8. He cares about education.

    “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?” – Florence, South Carolina; January 11, 2000

  9. His face always seems to perfectly express the way the rest of us are feeling.

  10. He attended Yale and Harvard.

  11. He isn’t afraid to “twin” with other world leaders.

  12. Twice…

  13. He’s all about transparency.

    “I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” –Washington, D.C. June 18, 2002

  14. He’s just so relatable.

  15. He let a soldier’s mom yell at him and said “That mama sure was mad at me. And I don’t blame her a bit.”

  16. His fashion sense is second to none.

  17. He loves America’s pastime so much he once owned a baseball team, the Texas Rangers.

  18. He knows how to have a good time.

  19. His stance on taxes pretty much sums it up: “It’s your money. You paid for it.”

  20. He was all of us at Trump’s inauguration.

  21. He can accept that he isn’t always right.

    “I think I was unprepared for war.” –on the biggest regret of his presidency, ABC News interview, December 1, 2008

  22. He’s a jokester.

  23. He has no idea who Beyonce is.

  24. He’s a man who knows what he needs.

  25. He knows what he believes.

    “I know what I believe. I will continue to articulate what I believe and what I believe — I believe what I believe is right.” –Rome, Italy, July 22, 2001

  26. That time he photobombed the Clintons

  27. You can’t fool him.

    “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” –Nashville, Tenn., September 17, 2002

  28. Hand the man a sword and he’s a kid in a candy shop.

  29. He know’s we’re all just working hard to provide.

     “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.” —Greater Nashua, N.H., Jan. 27, 2000

  30. Who doesn’t love a good pretend musician?  

  31. The speech he gave at Ground Zero three days after 9/11 brought hope to Americans everywhere.

  32. His agility is unparalleled.

  33. He handled the 2000 defeat of Gore graciously, saying “I believe things happen for a reason, and I hope the long wait of the last five weeks will heighten a desire to move beyond the bitterness and partisanship of the recent past.”

  34. He isn’t afraid to be human.

  35. He’s great at greetings.

  36. He’s extremely complimentary.

    “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” –to FEMA director Michael Brown while touring hurricane-ravaged Mississippi, September 2, 2005

  37. He loves giving kisses.

  38. He’s eternally optimistic.

    “Well, I think that this isn’t the first time our nation has ever been divided. I remember what it was like when I got out of college…. A lot of people thought the country was going down the tubes. It turns out we’re too strong to go down the tubes. I’m very optimistic.”

  39. He doesn’t sugarcoat the truth.

  40. He knows the true meaning of freedom.

    “Freedom is not our gift to the world it is God’s gift to humanity.”

  41. He now paints “portraits of courage” that are displayed at the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

  42. He doesn’t let politics get in the way of friendship.

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  43. Because there will never be another 43.

Cheers to you, Dubya. Thank you for the small reminders that politics isn’t all bad, and that it’s okay to laugh at yourself. The good ole’ USofA wouldn’t be the same without you.

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Corrie L
FFL Cabinet Member
Corrie is a Cabinet Member at FFL. She is passionate about coffee, Jesus, and lipstick, and never wears white after Labor Day. If she isn't busy talking about law school or FFL, you can find her studying constitutional law or reviewing a contract. Her plan A is Super Mom turned Supreme Court Justice, and she hopes to one day be just like Sandra Day O"Connor.

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