By Ed Fuelner, The Foundry

As the sun sets on the Bush presidency, it is important to honor the man who answered the call to public service, provided us leadership in a time of great consequence, and held his office with great dignity and courage. The Heritage Foundation would sometimes disagree with President Bush on policy but never on our love for our nation. The President strove for innovative solutions to America’s dilemmas, just as we do, and looked across this nation, and saw that the answers to most of its problems were in the hearts of great Americans, and not the heart of the national government.

President Bush spoke at the Heritage Foundation on November 1, 2007, and he said “The lessons of the past have taught us that liberty is transformative. And I believe 50 years from now an American President will be speaking to Heritage and say, thank God that generation that wrote the first chapter in the 21st century understood the power of freedom to bring the peace we want.”

This President put a large stake in the freedom and liberty of others, and will ultimately be judged at the lofty level of how many people were granted these eternal rights, and how many people seized the opportunities he afforded them.

Today, we simply wish President Bush and Laura all the blessings they deserve in the next chapter of their life. For now, the homeland is secure, the American people are inspired and the greatness of our country is once again on display to the world. Thank you.