Mr. President: I want to extend my sincerest apology to you on behalf of this nation.
I apologize for the way my fellow Americans treated you during your administration in particularly during its waning years.
Most of my fellow Americans thought your Presidency was illegitimate; however, most of us knew that was not the case.
Most of us appreciated you returning the people's money to them rather than keep it in the government’s coffers; although many ridiculed that decision later.
Most of us appreciated the tax cuts you and the Republican controlled Congress gave the people; although many spoke against it later when it suited them.
Most of us enjoyed the economic prosperity that was achieved over the last few years; although many now say it never happened.
In the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001; ALL of us looked to you for leadership, leadership you did provide; some call it into question now.
Our nation rallied around you when you determined we had to take the war to the terrorist, and not let them bring it to us again. Now, many no longer say there is a “War on Terror.”
The nation went to war with you, but many abandoned you and the cause before it is complete.
In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, they blamed the devastation on you. Even those that were there in a position to prepare blamed you for their own failings. In the ensuing chaos, you stood and took the blame instead of placing it where it belonged because you knew that it was neither the time nor the place. Some of us saw through this, and at the time understood FEMA was a “response” agency. You would be a President that took responsibility for all our failings as if they were your own.
When the economy was soaring, many said you had nothing to do with it. When the economy took a turn for the worse, it was entirely your fault. Many of us know that the President doesn’t control the economy.
The bail-outs, credit shrinkage, housing bubble burst, mortgage crisis, etc. Most have said they are entirely your fault, even though they themselves set the wheels in motion for this collapse before your time.
Many looked to you to protect us, and when you did; they threatened investigations to impugn you and your administration after you were gone, they revealed our intelligence methods, and crippled the abilities of those who protect us. Now, they apologize for doing what was necessary to protect the nation. There are some things THE PEOPLE aren’t meant to know.
Many thanked you for the good times, and then blamed you for the bad.
So it is, for all of our actions and inactions, I apologize. I apologize for all of us as a nation because you were there when we needed you, but when you needed us, we abandoned you.
Mr. President, I'm sorry we let you down.