Karl Rove has a feature on National Review Online in which he pays tribute to the President's understanding of the long-term threats facing America:
"He will be judged as a man of moral clarity who put America on wartime footing in the dangerous struggle against radical Islamic terrorism. Following the horrors of 9/11, this president changed American foreign policy by declaring terror sponsors responsible for the deeds of those they shelter, train, and fund. America, he said, will not wait until dangers fully materialize with attacks on our homeland before confronting those threats. The president gave the nation new tools to defeat terrorism abroad and protect our citizens at home with the Patriot Act, foreign surveillance that works in the wireless age, a transformed intelligence community, and the Department of Homeland Security. And this president saw the wisdom of removing terrorism’s cause by advocating the spread of democracy, especially in the Muslim world, where authoritarianism and repression have provided a potent growth medium for despair and anger aimed at the West. He recognized that democracy there makes us safer here."
Outgoing White House press secretary Tony Snow is seen in the video below paying tribute to President Bush as a "good guy". Towards the end of the video Mr Snow notes how America has more allies in Europe than it a few years ago.