Yahoo News asked voters to consider President George W. Bush's legacy as his presidential library opens Thursday in Dallas. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | Bush's legacy will always be defined by 9/11. On that morning in September, I was working in Oklahoma City -- probably the second most sensitive spot to a terrorist threat there was that day. A lot of people were in shock all over the nation, but in OKC it seemed as if it was a bit worse. When the nation was asking, "How could this happen?" Oklahoma City was asking, "How could this happen again?"
President Bush came on the television and conveyed a sense of urgency and sadness rolling into controlled anger. But it was his words that stuck with me on that day as I pulled into a local motel to get off the road: "A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America."
The motel parking lot was filled with other contractors, truck drivers and families who had decided it was unsafe to travel any more that day. Everyone had their motel room doors open and televisions turned up as we all comforted each other the best we could. President Bush's words came to us all and the thought occurred to me that day that with the exception of President Roosevelt, no wartime president had ever began a campaign after the onset of such a tragedy.
The Patriot Act, the Gulf War and all the things that followed are sure to be in the President George W. Bush timeline. It was how he faced the horror, terror and sadness of Sept. 11, 2001, without blinking that, to me, defined his presidency.
-- Bentonville, Ark.
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