Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thoughts on Bush on his final day

So Bush is gone.
Obama is in.
Change is always good especially when it's for the better. I am sure that there probably aren't a lot of people that will miss Bush and his many mistakes in office. From his double wars in the middle east to his Katrina fumbles to the economic crisis and many many more issues that he will surely be blamed for.
One thing though that Bush has done that will leave a huge positive impact and legacy is his AIDS initiative, and I for one am very proud of our American AIDS global initiative. It has to be in my opinion one of the few things that Bush did right, if not the ONLY one.
The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, PEPFAR, has donated more than 15 BILLION dollars for HIV/AIDS global initiatives. This initiative has brought antiretroviral drugs (the HIV virus is a retroviral virus, thus the name) to millions and millions of people that are infected and this has made their lives tremendously better. These medications have the ability to prolong someones life, or even keep the virus at bay and prevent infections from becoming lethal full blown AIDS. This makes a huge difference in the lives of poor people and poor people in poor countries. People that live longer can contribute to their societies longer and are around to raise their families and be productive members of society.
I think Bush's spending of billions of dollars to people that actually need it is going to be his biggest and most important legacy. Who knows, maybe one day this will overshadow his many other mistakes and shed some positive light on a very controversial presidency.


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