Ramona (ann15warsaw72) wrote,

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Well, we just finished bidding goodbye to our fair President, George W. Bush. He delivered the commencement address at Calvin College this afternoon, and our cameras and reporters were there to capture it all. Before I go any further I have to say that we really did a bang-up job covering this story, from top to bottom, from the reporters and photogs out in the field all the way back here to the station. Dan Bewley especially did a *fantastic* job of reporting at the airport, especially as the plane was landing. He just spread his wings and away he went, Dan did, and it was a beautiful thing. Especially when he said, just as the plane was touching down on the runway, "Let's just take a moment right now to absorb this moment," and then he said nothing for several moments and he allowed us the viewers to take in the spectacle of Air Force One landing. He really captured the moment; I was quite touched by it.

He also conducted a fantastic interview of Erik Mirandette who survived a suicide bombing in Egypt a few months ago. His brother, Alex, did not survive. They were there with some friends doing missionary work. Turns out he's also in the Air Force, and he was one of a precious few selected to meet the President and shake his hand, on this auspicious day.

But I think the thing that really got to me was taking in the President delivering his speech, his short, to the point, touching, 15-minute speech. For the first time in my life (this week seems to be a week of epiphany-type firsts for me) the gravity and importance of graduating with my Bachelor's degree visited me. Until today, until I sat and watched as a spectator these Calvin University graduates get their speech from the President of the United States, I've had a relatively casual attitude towards finishing my degree. But as I listened to the President, a man I admire so much, and watched those lucky graduates taking part in such a rare event as this, I realized that I want to finish my degree even more than ever before. George W. Bush has given me this desire; today he inspired me with his thoughtful and thought-provoking speech. He made me admire him all the more.

I realize not everybody who reads this journal agrees with me and my political views. For the most part, I try to keep these entries politically neutral. But today, I must give credit where credit is due: I really admire George W. Bush, and he has totally inspired me to do my very best, to be the very best citizen I can, to give as much back to this community where I make my home as I possibly can. I am so happy that George W. Bush is President of the United States, and I'm glad I voted for him!

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