He visits Washington’s Mount Vernon and identifies with Washington in a way that’s difficult for you or me: persevering over the course of a long struggle, being the man in charge but faced with set-backs, a difficult congress, a tenacious enemy, a largely unfriendly or indifferent world, and a nation divided over success or failure.
Does this mean that the Revolution and the GWOT (war against Islamic fascists, including the fight in Iraq) are the same? Hardly. Each war is different.
It’s just that Bush is finding common ground with Washington. It’s not unusual for presidents to do this. FDR, for example, found common ground with Jefferson’s grand themes of liberty for the common man when he was locked in the titanic struggle against the Nazis, Italian fascists and Imperial Japanese.Remember, Bush is a man who sees in grand themes. He doesn’t see minutia, which is what his critics continually harp on. And sure, that causes him to stumble and make mistakes, or not respond forcefully to liberals, Democrats and media who richly deserve to be slapped down for their continual attacks against him since December 2000.