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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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May. 22nd, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
right on. what degree are you going for? I think I may have asked you this before but have forgotten. I have been having some awakening thoughts myself recently. I like W myself, mostly because he does what he feels is right and to hell with the naysayers and such. But then if you get into all that illuminati stuff then he is a scary character. Either way I give him props.
Jun. 1st, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to this! Tonight is the first time I've even *looked* at Live Journal since I made this entry!

My degree will be a BA in Film/Video art, as to be distinguished from a Broadcast Communication or Journalism degree. Which you'd think it would be, given what I do for a living.

I appreciate your honesty about how you feel about W. :) I know there are *LOADS* of people that subscribe to this service who absolutely cannot stand him. Not to mention the loads of people who *don't* subscribe to this service who can't stand him. It is my opinion that they just don't listen to him when he talks, and many of them will admit they just don't like him, whether they listen to him or not. He is by no means perfect, but then ... what President is???

I could go on and on, but here is not the place. Perhaps I will grace you with a nice long email about it. :P ;)
Jun. 2nd, 2005 04:39 am (UTC)
that's pretty wicked about the BA thing. I cannot wait to be able to pick your brain about what you have learned.

long email??? yes!!
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