In the morning hours after the tragic Dallas Police Department shootings on Thursday night when five police officers were killed and seven others were injured, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush released a statement that was profane in its grief, honest in its feelings, and horrified at what had occurred in the Texas city.
The president wrote on his Facebook page:
“Laura W. Bush and I are heartbroken by the heinous acts of violence in our city last night. Murdering the innocent is always evil, never more so than when the… lives taken belong to those who protect our families and communities.
“Laura and I have seen firsthand the dedication, professionalism, and courage of the Dallas Police Department. Their commitment to safety and justice makes us proud to call Dallas home. Our hearts go out to the families of the fallen. We pray for the wounded officers to recover fully and quickly. We commend Mayor Rawlings, Chief Brown, and all our city’s leaders and public servants who continue to organize an effective response to this tragedy. And we join our fellow citizens in saluting the fine law enforcement officers in Dallas and across the country who put their own lives on the line to keep all lives safe.”
Succinct. Heart-felt. Achingly honest. This, my friends, is leadership.