Dear Mr. Bush,
I want to take this time to thank you for following an important tradition of your 42 predecessors. Unlike too many other world leaders, you did not call out the military at the end of your term of office, explaining that there were a few important items that needed tending and only you could handle them followed by a vague promise of a return to free elections soon.
There are those who would snivel that if you had called the army out, you are so unpopular that they would not have heeded your call. That may or may not be true. It is also not the point. You didn't make the call and for that I am grateful.
While you're following the traditions set forth by your predecessors, please read my earlier post and retire completely to private life. Show up for state events to which you are invited, smile, wave, look dignified but not bored (I know that's hard) and then go home.