So, who wants to listen to an hour and a half of James Dobson and former special assistant to President George W. Bush and current Focus on the Family Vice President Tim Goeglein count the ways in which they love President Bush and detail what a great president he was?
Well, I don’t blame you, which is why I’ve edited it down to this nine minute audio clip in which Goeglein declares that “George W. Bush was the instrument in God’s hand” that kept America safe; that Bush was just like George Washington; that Bush was the “most pro-life and pro-family president in the history of the United States” as demonstrated by his judicial nominations, including John Roberts and Samuel Alito; that his heart is breaking that all of Bush’s work in this regard is being unraveled by President Obama; that it is not possible to be President of the United States and be pro-choice; that “there can be no compromise on the question of the defense of the innocent pre-born” and that their anti-choice efforts will be “vindicated … by divine providence” when Roe v. Wade is finally overturned; that Bush is a “great thinker” who is “powered by integrity” which is rooted in his faith in Christ and that, in the years ahead, historians will look back and recognize Bush as the great president that he really was:
One section I didn’t include was the ten minute explanation Goeglein gave about the circumstances under which he resigned from his position in the White House which, not surprisingly, he used to further demonstrate just what a loving, forgiving, and all-around remarkable human being George W. Bush truly is.
If, down the line, you start hearing people claim that President Bush was never really committed to the Religious Right agenda or that the Religious Right never really loved him, you can just play them this clip of Dobson and Goeglein’s love note to George W. Bush, the greatest human being who ever lived.
UPDATE: The following transcript of the broadcast was prepared by The Colorado Independent:
James Dobson: There are undoubtedly some people listening to us today who are going to sneer at what you just said because George W. Bush was certainly one of the most hated presidents that we’ve had — certainly in recent memory.
He was maligned at every turn but I know you admire him greatly, don’t you?
Tim Goeglein: I do, indeed. In fact, I see George W. Bush as a great president. And I believe that George Walker Bush was right about the most important things that came across his presidency in those eight years, Dr. Dobson.
First, without peer, is that he saw the greatest external threat to our national security. And he saw it immediately. And he prosecuted the war in such a way that from 9/11 and the terror and terribleness of the day — and I was in the White House that day — until the last minute of the last hour of his presidency, George W. Bush kept us safe.
Providence kept us safe.
But George W. Bush was the instrument in God’s hand as the leader of the free world.
And every problem imaginable that comes across your desk when you’re the President of the United States. But history will be kind to George Bush because they will see that through a series of very important decisions his leadership, his personal character and integrity added up to the forbearance of another direct attack on the United States of America.
The primary role of the Commander in Chief is our national security. And, yes, I believe that part of the greatness of George W. Bush was not to see this as an intelligence problem primarily. To not see it as a police action.
Dobson: Yeah, yeah.
Goeglein: But to actually see it for what it was. Of course, this was the great blessing of our first president George Washington — the original George W. — who, you know, the thing that made him in Thomas Flexner’s landmark biography “The Indispensable Man,” the greatest trait of Washington was to see things as they were and not as he wanted to see them.
That was George W. Bush’s gift.
When he came to this war, he immediately — upon being told of the attacks — knew that this was war and that we were being attacked existentially by radical Islam.
But the one thing that we did not talk about, I think is the greatest achievement of the former president, beyond the security question, is the fact that George W. Bush is the most pro-life and pro-family president in the history of the United States.
Dobson: Now, I’ve said that on many, many occasions here at Focus on the Family and I want you to address it. George Bush is the most pro-life and pro-family president in history. Validate that statement for us.
Goeglein: I was getting ready to come to the broadcast and I literally jotted these down. These are quick snapshots of the Bush Administration on life.
• Signed and reinstituted the Mexico City Agreement
• Signed the Unborn Victims of Violence Act
• Signed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act
• Vetoed the partial birth abortion bill
And, very importantly, fought it in several appellate courts.
He had the most pro-life, anti-cloning provision, ever. He instituted the most important pro-life provision in his presidency which was a pro-human dignity, pro-life stem cell research policy.
He created the conscience clause laws provisions.
I may say, as well, that George W. Bush funded pro-marriage programs. Was the greatest funder of abstinence education in the history of the United States.
He gave Henry Hyde the Medal of Freedom, the most pro-life member of the United States Senate or House, ever.
And I think very importantly, Dr. Dobson, and this is something that I think that is at the pinnacle of pro-life, pro-family achievement in this administration, the Bush administration, he elevated John Roberts to be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court for the United State of America. He appointed Samuel Alito to be an Associate Justice …
Dobson: A great justice too.
Goeglein: … two great justices. And, this is something people do not know, that George W. Bush nominated and confirmed over 35 percent of sitting federal judges.
Dobson: So his impact on the judiciary is going to continue for a long time.
Goeglein: It is huge. It is huge and it’s lasting.
Dobson: Does it break your heart what is about to happen to the judiciary?
Goeglein: It more than breaks my heart. To watch it unravel in a few short months by a new president is a heartbreaking, disappointing and difficult thing to watch. It is systematic and it is categorical. And we have gone in America from the most pro-life president in the history of our country to, unfortunately, the most pro-abortion president that we’ve ever had.
It is not possible to president of the United States of America, in the early part of the 21st century, and to know what we know morally and technologically and to find any reason other than a full-throated advocate for the pro-life position.
Dobson: Yeah, when President Obama spoke recently at Notre Dame about abortion he talked about our need to come together, to find areas of agreement. He said that we needed to work together. We needed to accommodate each other.
But you can’t compromise with evil. I mean, in what way are you going to compromise with the killing of babies?
Goeglein: There is no compromise. There can be no compromise on the question of the defense of the innocent pre-born.
All of the millions of people who have worked in both in the leadership and the vanguard of the pro-life movement, they will be vindicated. If by divine providence Roe v. Wade were to be overturned. And we were to start again in the United State on the question of life.
It is simply unacceptable that from 1973 until 15 seconds ago, that something like 45 million innocent pre-born lives have been snuffed out in defense of words like “choice.”
George W. Bush’s greatness as a human being, apart from the presidency, is that he has an inner moral compass that is self-confident. That is loyal. That is powered by integrity.
But Dr. Dobson it wells up from his faith in Christ. This is who the man is.
He is a great thinker. He is a person who prays and works to make the right decision. He has an inner confidence and peace in his soul that that was the right thing.
Dobson: And nothing is going to shake his confidence.
Goeglein: I think that is absolutely right. And that’s why I’m actually very confident and hopeful that in the years ahead — with the benefit of time and space — that historians will look back at those remarkable, incredibly eventful eight years, and say, you know, he made the right decisions about the biggest things during those eight years.
And, yes, maybe he will not be remembered, you know, of Churchillian, you know, eloquence. Maybe he will not be remembered for X, Y and Z. But when it comes to the questions of national security and war, when it comes to the questions of the right to life and when it comes to the questions of our constitutional Republic, national sovereignty and constitutional formulation of the Supreme Court — above all when it comes to the innocent pre-born people will say he got those big ones right.