Qualities that make a great president include determination to do what is right regardless of the latest polls; personal strength to bear the weight of the nation on your shoulders; and faith that a higher power will direct the actions of good people.
On Sept. 11, 2001, our nation was attacked without cause or provocation. President George W. Bush's values saw us through those dark days after the terrorist attack. The economy was rocked by the dual blows of the terrorists' cowardly action and the previous six months of a falling economy. But President Bush's decisive, principled leadership has moved America forward, and today our nation is safer and our economy is strong and getting stronger.
The fight against terrorism takes decisiveness. It takes continued support for our troops and first responders. But most importantly, it takes courage and inspirational leadership in the White House. In these critical times, our president has had the courage to stand up and do what is right.
For that and for his unwavering character, I will vote for George W. Bush as our president for four more years. He is a leader we can depend on to make the tough choices and right decisions. Please join with me in supporting a candidate of courage, President Bush - a leader who backs our troops defending our nation and shares our values.
Neal B. Dillon, Aiken, S.C.