In officially endorsing John McCain today, President Bush observed, "It's been my honor to welcome my friend John McCain as the nominee of the Republican Party. John showed incredible courage and strength of character and perseverance in order to get to this moment."
And for a change, Bush is right. For instance, there was the time before the 2000 South Carolina primary when Bush's campaign floated rumors that McCain had an illegitmate black daughter. And then when the Bush campaign hinted that being a POW had driven McCain into psychosis that he still hadn't really recovered from. And then when they hinted that McCain's wife was a pill-popping alcoholic.
Hearing those primary whispers, it took incredible strength for McCain to not punch Bush in the face when he next saw him. Losing the South Carolina primary because of the whispers and then the 2000 nomination, it took incredible perserverance for McCain to even continue living.
And being forced to appear at the 2004 GOP convention praising Bush so he could get his shot in 2008, well, that showed the incredible strength of character McCain is known for. Way to go, John!