George W. Bush's Dance Moves Lit Up Social Media — But His Words Are Most Important
The internet is freaking out over former President George W. Bush's dance moves on Tuesday while a chorus sang during the memorial for the five officers slain in Dallas, Thursday.
Twitter furor around Bush's jubilant arm swinging during "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" appear to have eclipsed his powerful and poignant call for unity — a plea to slough off biases and other sources of divisiveness as the country is fractured by a string of racially-motivated police brutality and Thursday's massacre.
"At times, it seems like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together," Bush said during his address to the congregation. "Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates too quickly into dehumanization. Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions."
But, the Twitterati had mostly this to say about No. 43's appearance:
Arguably inappropriate dancing aside, Bush brought with him a powerful message. He expanded on his sentiment of overcoming fraught racial tensions and instead lifting up humanity:
Too often, we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions. And this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose. But Americans, I think, have a great advantage: To renew our unity, we only need to remember our values. We have never been held together by blood or background. We are bound by things of the spirit, by shared commitments to common ideals. At our best, we practice empathy, imagining ourselves in the lives and circumstances of others. This is the bridge across our nation's deepest divisions. And its not merely a matter of tolerance, but of learning from the struggles and stories of our fellow citizens and finding ourselves in the process.
"We recognize that we are brothers and sisters sharing the same brief moment on Earth and owing each other the loyalty of our shared humanity," Bush concluded
Bush's dance moves — and, also, his speech — can be seen below: