President Bush, center, and his wife first lady Laura Bush take a tour of the Great Wall of China from a guide identified only as Fu, Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, in Badaling, China. The Great Wall was the Bushes last stop on their weeklong tour of Asia. (AP Ph
Feb. 27 â€” Â â€śAmerica is a nation guided by faith,â€ť a fired-up President Bush told a crowd of Chinese university students during his visit to Beijing last week. â€śNinety-five percent of Americans say they believe in God, and Iâ€™m one of them.â€ť It was the closest heâ€™d come to a public testimonial about his faith since he was campaigning in the Deep South. Â
He explained how, when he met President Jiang Zemin for the first time in Shanghai a few months ago, â€śI told him how my faith has shaped my own life, and how faith contributes to the life of my country.â€ť This time, he lobbied Jiang to meet with Tibetâ€™s Dalai Lama and the popeâ€™s ambassador, the papal nuncio.
For some politicians, professing faith or going to church on Sundays is like an obligatory campaign swing: it looks good, but the heart isnâ€™t in it. Bushâ€™s talk of his own redemption certainly stepped up a notch in the Bible Belt during the...