Former president George Bush has suffered a lot of criticism for some of the things he has said when standing behind a podium, but Saturday he gave a speech that would have even his most vicious critics leaving with a smile.
Bush gave a commencement speech atÂ Southern Methodist University, and unlike Michelle Obama’s speech at Tuskegee University last week, Bush gave students a positive message. The jokes he told had the crowd roaring with laughter, and when it came time to be serious, his words were powerful and inspiring. Â He told the students,
“Some say that America’s best days are behind us, I say given our strengths, one of which is a bright new generation like you, these are not dark days, these are great days.”
Bush also confronted a sensitive topic that has been in the news quite a bit lately, religious freedom. Government attacks on Christian run businesses have been increasing more each day, and the former president didn’t shy away from sharing his thoughts on the matter.
â€œAnd finally, you can be hopeful because there is a loving God. Whether you agree with that statement is your choice, it is not your governmentâ€™s choice.â€
â€œIt is essential to this nationâ€™s future that we remember that the freedom to worship who we want, and how we want â€“ or not to worship at all â€“ is a core belief of our founding.â€
Although he explained to students that they are free to choose who or what they want to worship, he confirmed where he stood when it comes to religion saying,
â€œIâ€™ve made my choice. I believe that the almightyâ€™s grace and unconditional love will sustain you.â€
God bless you Mr. President.