Answering to God

President Bush walks to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday June 21, 2007. Bush is flying to Alabama where he will tour the first nuclear power reactor to go on line in the two decades. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

“His faith is 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.” – Michael Novak, “The Imperiled Presidency,” Washington Post

As the world crumbles around him, reality caving in on itself, his ship sailing into oblivion, the President’s rudder stays fixed, on course, never wavering, never doubting, all in the face of events as they unfold. His faith comes from the almighty, that beacon of light illuminating his world, clarifying his thoughts, bolstering his confidence despite relentless war, defeats in Congress, plummeting polls, and a general desire among most Americans to have the nightmare over with.

It is with great consternation that the man in this precarious predicament receives his solace from God, his most trusted counsel, as he leads us along with him to the final judgment, the day of reckoning, where we will all have to take stock of the toll left behind in the wake.