I happen to be friends of a couple of middle class ladies who volunteered their time to help children whose parents were in the throes of divorce. The organization submitted their names to Bush for the amount of time and dedication that they had given for the kids and the counceling that was provided to the parents to help ensure that the parents were taught not to poison the kids to the other parent.
Bush invited these 2 ladies (along with many, many more individuals ) to the White House over his 4 years,where each was honored with a dinner and personal time with him and Barbara. They were a part of the Thousand Points of Light of which Bush spoke.
He was smart enough to know that all problems can not be solved by government and that individuals and nonprofit organizations in communities who give donations of time and money can do far more good than the Federal government.
I wonder how long it will take for the anguished, yet to achieve, masses who voted for Obama to realize the same thing.
Neither Bush the father or the son will lower themselves to defend against attacks against their morals, or character, by their detractors.