W. in Zambia

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

I simply love the photo featured on the Drudge Report right now.

And, no, not because Karl Rove told me to. 

Isn’t it a reminder both that there is more to life than politics and that politics exists to serve those greater things?

I recently ran into a cab driver (I know, I know, could I be any lazier a reporter?), an immigrant from Pakistan, who has been a citizen of the United States for 25 years. He confessed he hated George Bush when he was president, thought he lied to finish his father’s unfinished business and all of the rest of it. He hated him so much, he told me, that he even went to the library and got his book when it came out. And instead of the bitter feelings he expected reading to prompt to prompt, he found himself humbled: “I didn’t even take the time to know what he was doing as president.”

He cited, in particular, the PEPFAR support for Africans.

The cabbie still has some reservations about the Iraq war (both of them), but George W. Bush wound up helping him become a better informed citizen, and a more inquisitive one. And a little more aware of — and appreciative of — good people who step forward and the people they are stepping forward for.

I might add: In a world of many skippable political memoirs, Decision Points is a beautiful one worth reading.

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