The long shadow of George Bush is being replaced by a new burst of sunshine as leaders of both major parties meet to discuss cooperation and mutual respect for the integrity of one another. After 9/11, George Bush never made a single effort to reach out to his defeated rival, Al Gore, and offer him a role in the fight against terrorism. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt appointed several Republicans to key Cabinet positions to demonstrate the war was loyally supported by all Americans and there were no Democrats or Republicans in the armed forces, just Americans. Barack Obama met with John McCain to discuss how they can work together in dealing with the financial crisis that confronts the nation. Both said: “It is in this spirit that we had a productive conversation today about the need to launch a new era of reform where we take on government waste and bitter partisanship in Washington in order to restore trust in government, and bring back prosperity and opportunity for every hard-working American family.”
The secretive partisan era of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld is at an end. America has to return to an era in which politicians could debate and disagree without questioning the loyalty of their opponents. The nightmare of George Bush is at an end.