‘Points of light’ referred to giving hand outs to poor people who would remain indebted to the charity of wealthy Americans—rather than enforcing laws to bring social equality which brings economic equality.
It seemed goofy and patriarchal.
I remember him taking a hit in the media for having no clue about the cost of a gallon of milk. The Bushes were always so removed from the reality of average Americans.
Some people who don’t have a clue about the meaning of ‘thousand points of light’ are trying to lionize Bush with the quote across twitter. Basically, ‘let them eat our cake crumbs instead of sit at our table.’
He probably meant well, but his perspective is clear.