Out of the blue, President Trump decided to rail against the Point of Light Program that was part of President George H.W. Bush’s legacy. In the early ’90s, Bush decided to search out individuals and groups who were doing positive things that made America a better country. Unbeknown to me, the White House researched and eventually called to tell me that Geiger would be awarded the 618th Point of Light because of our commitment to Montello School. I met President and Mrs. Bush and received the honor. I never looked for the recognition but have been proud of this kind gesture ever since.
Fast forward 25 years and another chief executive who, in front of an audience, attacked the POL idea because only he is capable of making American great “again.” Reading between the lines, the Bush approach of sharing credit with others is contrary to that of Trump, who demands all the accolades from a grateful nation. In making his point, Trump said “what the hell was that about.”
If he didn’t know, then he should have found out before criticizing it.
The “1000 lights” served as positive examples of sharing and caring and did, in fact, reflect on the greatness of America. Best part — no one person got all the credit.
Peter Geiger, Lewiston