From his National Review Online column:
I have known George W. Bush for nearly 34 years and have had the privilege of watching from nearby as history has placed its demands on him and our country. I know his humility and decency, his intelligence and thoughtfulness, his respect for every person he comes in contact with, his unwavering commitment to principle-based decision-making, and the quiet and compassionate hearts of the man and his graceful wife, Laura.
I have come to understand true leadership leans into the wind. It tackles big challenges with uncertain outcomes rather than taking on simple, sure tasks. It does what is right, regardless of what the latest poll or focus group says. History demands much of America and its leaders and I am confident it will judge the 43rd president as a man more than worthy of the great office the American people twice entrusted to him.
Friday, August 31, 2007 was Karl Rove's last day at the White House.
Farewell, Mr Rove, and gentle winds. History will remember you as one who was devoted to the service of his president and his country. Your most bitter critics, if remembered at all, will not be remembered well. Thank you for your service.