Letter: George W. Bush said a mouthful

Regarding the recent column by (syndicated columnist) Leonard Pitts Jr. (Pitts: Trump has a way with words — a bad way, Dec. 17, amarillo.com), Pitts has some pithy things to say about President Donald Trump’s word usage, and may have some reason for doing so.

 

But, on the other hand, you can’t tell how history is going to look at things, and Pitts lumps President George W. Bush into the mix as “hardly known for rhetorical finesse.”

However, I am going to remember a Bush utterance from the Dallas Police shooting memorial (a year or so ago) if I live to be 100.

This is not a quote (I am paraphrasing), but Bush said we judge people based on their worst behavior and compare it to our best intentions. I have imprinted that on my mind, right alongside “Give me liberty or give me death.”

Regardless of whatever else you think Bush did, I believe he captured an essential aspect of how we look at our fellow man.

I was a Texas Department of Criminal Justice employee, and I can’t count the number of inmates who honestly tried to somehow rationalize their offense by simply saying “You just had to have been there.”

Steve Close

Amarillo

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