Alongside President Obama, Mr. Bush commemorated this milestone award, an honor for volunteers who represent “a thousand points of light,” a phrase Mr. Bush first used in his 1988 speech accepting the Republican nomination for president and repeated in his 1989 inaugural speech.
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“I’m not sure everybody fully appreciates how much this man has done to strengthen our nation of service,” Mr. Obama said of Mr. Bush. “On behalf of all of us, we are surely a kinder and gentler nation because of you and we can’t thank you enough.”
OK, I'll give him the "kinder and gentler." But his renege on "Read my lips, no new taxes" helped pave the way for the accelerated growth of government under W., and the absolutely stunning explosion under Obama. So on his administration count me, overall, as whelmed.