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George W. Bush issues call to unite during pandemic: ‘We are human beings,’ not ‘partisan combatants’

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Former President George W. Bush called on all Americans to recognize their common humanity and help one another during the current coronavirus pandemic.

“Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” the former president said in a video posted Saturday. “In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants — we are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together and we are determined to rise. God bless you all.”

Released by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the video included Bush’s audio against the backdrop of various images, including those of people holding American flags.

His comments came as the country reels from steep unemployment, increasing death counts and political fights over how to respond to the crisis.

“This is a challenging and solemn time in the life of our nation and world — a remorseless, invisible enemy threatens the elderly and vulnerable among us. A disease that can quickly take breath and life. Medical professionals are risking their own health for the health of others, and we’re deeply grateful,” Bush said.

“Officials at every level are setting out the requirements of public health that protect us all, and we all need to do our part,” he continued. “The disease also threatens broader damage, harm to our sense of safety, security and community. The larger challenge we share is to confront an outbreak of fear and loneliness. And it is frustrating that many of the normal tools of compassion — a hug, a touch — can bring the opposite of the good we intend. In this case, we serve our neighbor by separating from them.”

“We cannot allow physical separation to become emotional isolation. This requires us to be not only compassionate but creative in our outreach — and people across the nation are using the tools of technology and the cause of solidarity. In this time of testing, we need to remember a few things. First, let us remember that we have faced times of testing before. Following 9/11, we saw a great nation rise as one to honor the brave, to grieve with the grieving and to embrace unavoidable new duties. And I have no doubt — none at all — that this spirit of sacrifice is alive and well in America. Second, let us remember that empathy and simple kindness are essential, powerful tools of national recovery. Even at an appropriate social distance, we can find ways to be present in the lives of others — to ease their anxiety and share their burdens.”

“Third, let’s remember that the suffering we experience as a nation does not fall evenly,” Bush added. “In the days to come, it will be especially important to care for the elderly, the ill, and the unemployed.”

3 Comments

  1. Fed up!

    May 3, 2020 at 9:01 am

    Sarcastic, piss off what ever additive you want to call it. I am not putting myself in this nest statement, I be screaming from day one this is a scam. You people got in this mess, by following like good little SHEEP!!!!!!!!! My small business is going to start from zero again after 45yrs, not do to my doings but government/ SHEEP like you. Yes at 60 I am Pissed Off!!!
    You want a Government hand out, 😀
    So Typical!

  2. CJ

    May 3, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Sheep for sure. Both of the Bushes got played out to the Socialists. Thank God neither gave our uranium or sent gold to the Iran. Thank Mr. Trump for putting down the raghead leader who was known by both Bushes, Obama and Clinton alike. Maybe Hussein should have had jail time instead of hanging but he probably would have been let out by those Sonae followers anyway.
    Get rid of the demo-socialist party along with the rinos. Grow some balls for once.
    Term limits for all those in DC.

  3. Glenda

    May 4, 2020 at 5:12 am

    This sorry POS kissed China’s ass for 8 years, he also borrowed a trillion dollars from them, and left us with the debt!
    He sent 8 million American jobs to China, India and other foreign countries, for Wall Street profits while Americans lost their homes!
    He also got this country into 2 wars, with thousands of soldiers killed by attacking a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, and with No way out for our soldiers!
    This ignorant traitor to America needs to be sitting in prison, because that’s where he and his Wall Street cronies belongs!
    He should have never ever been elected President, along with his worthless father!

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