Amid the tumult, the president has sought refuge in history…
After reading Andrew Roberts's "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900," Bush brought in the author and a dozen other scholars to talk about the lessons. "What can I learn from history?"
Much of the discussion focused on the nature of good and evil, a perennial theme for Bush, who casts the struggle against Islamic extremists in black-and-white terms. Michael Novak, a theologian who participated, said it was clear that Bush weathers his difficulties because he sees himself as doing the Lord's work.
His faith is very strong," said Novak, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. "Faith is not enough by itself because there are a lot of people who have faith but weak hearts. But his faith is very strong. He seeks guidance, like every other president does, in prayer. And that means trying to be sure he's doing the right thing. And if you've got that set, all the criticism, it doesn't faze you very much. You're answering to God."
Here's something you can learn about history!
When you're President of the United States, a democratic Republic, you answer to The People.
When you lead a nation and answer only to God, you're a tyrant. In a theocracy.
You're probably a little crazy, as well.
And a bunch of bad shit is sure to happen because of it.
Really. History teaches us that. You could look it up and everything.