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The Soldier Selected to Sit With the President in Iraq Speaks. FR Exclusive
The horses mouth | 11-30-03 | Bradley via Bigern

Posted on 11/30/2003 10:24:18 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

The following is a family email forwarded to me and I share it with the Freeper community, minus some personal comments from the soldiers mom, and I just can't believe it. (begin text)

Hey to all that receive this email,

Well, I know by now that you heard that the PRESIDENT came to Baghdad for Thanksgiving dinner. Well, I was given the great honor of being chosen as one of the soldiers to eat with him from here, I still can't believe what happened. My Sergeant Major and LTC (COLONEL) selected me to be the senior man from the 10 soldiers from the Battalion chosen. Well, I said okay that's cool, When I went to Brigade Headquarters that morning to report in with my guys, the Brigade Sergeant Major and Brigade Commander said they recommended me to be sitting at the head table. Well, I asked WHY? What I was told was that I was known as the Best Tank Platoon Sergeant in the Brigade well, what an honor there. What we were told is that Paul Breimer the Iraq Ambassador and LTG Sanchez the Corp commander were going to be there. So I thought that's cool. Well, they told me that the main reason I was selected and this was by Division command is that I was the lead Tank Platoon, Platoon Sergeant for my 800 man Task Force and had fought the war with the 101st Airborne and 3rd ID. That I lead the entire attack from Kuwait to Baghdad and been awarded a Bronze Star with Valour for actions in combat. They wanted me to talk to Mr. Breimer and the General on that and recommendations for further operations.

Well, here is what I still can't believe, this is an honor that I will never forget and think that nothing from here in my career can match up. When I got to the airport a Full Bird Colonel came to me and said come with me young man, I said okay and he took me to my seat. Well, I looked at who I was sitting with. In front of me was Paul Breimer, to the left of him was LTG Sanchez, to the left of me was the Sergeant Major of the Army and an empty seat to my right. I wondered what was up but I didn't think much about it because I had no idea the President was coming. Well, the Colonel told me that I was selected to talk to them out of everyone over here. What an Honor. Well, a Colonel sat in the seat to my right and a General said you can't sit there he said he couldn't sit there. Well, then I knew something was up, then General Sanchez and Mr Breimer said the were going to read the Presidential speech but they were out ranked so some one else was going to have to read it. Well, then the President came out and the room just erupted and then I realized who was going to eat dinner with me at the table and I was going to talk to the President about being over here, The Two Star General came over to me and said he's the one we want you to talk to.

What an honor I can't believe that I was selected to talk to the President, There were 8 other soldiers at the table but the Pres was to my right. I thought Oh my God what do I say I wasn't prepared for this. I didn't even bring a camera. Well, the Secret service escorted us to get his food and ours then we sat down at the table. I talked to Breimer, the General and the Sergeant Major of the Army about how we could do it better. Then the President came to the table and asked our permission to talk to the rest of the guys and that he would talk to us individually later. Well, of course we said yes that it would be cool for him to do that and plus he's the Pres he can do what he wants.

Well about 10 minutes later the Secret Service came up to the table and said bring our plates gentleman and he grabbed his. We didn't know where we were going but we followed. Then we were told to put our plates on the table and not to touch them again, couldn't figure out this but security issues I'm sure, then he came to us and talked to us one on one individually. I got to talk to him for about a minute and he talked to me about how proud he was of us during the war and how we still continue the fight, and about where I was from. I told him that had I known that I was the one talking to him I would have wanted my soldiers there and how much of a moral booster this was to the soldiers. He then said we support you, America supports you and we took some pictures. Then he told his Press reporter to make sure that I got the pictures since I didn't have a camera. Then I met Condelezza Rice, His Chief of Staff and some more government officials. It was so cool this has got to be the highlight of my career to be selected for such a great honor as this. I guess I have done my job pretty good, but I'm still not sure that I deserve such an honor. I couldn't have done any of this without the love and support of my wife, my Mom and Dad and sister, my wife's family and all the relatives and friends that have supported me in my career. WOW what a way to spend your Thanksgiving dinner and here I thought it was going to be boring. I apologize that I had to send this to everyone at once but time is not something I have over here and I thought this was to cool not to let everyone know at once. Well, got to go, mission time again and take care and God Bless the USA.

Well, I still think that it is cool he chose to spend his dinner with us.

Love Brad


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This raced through the family like a wildfire this morning.

Any mispelling is the authors and who cares that he can't spell Bremer. He has more important things to worry about.

1 posted on 11/30/2003 10:24:20 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: Admin Moderator
If you feel this is worthy of breaking news do your thing. I didn't want to pile it on top of the breaking news.
2 posted on 11/30/2003 10:27:29 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Since when did calling someone a cowboy become an insult?)
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To: big ern
Way cool - thank you for sharing this wonderful letter and for Brad's service. May the Lord bring them all safely home - quickly.

Cheers.
3 posted on 11/30/2003 10:28:46 AM PST by lodwick ( Wake up, America)
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To: big ern
Funny how heroes and leaders give honor to others! Our soliers are true heroes! Bush is a true leader!
4 posted on 11/30/2003 10:30:01 AM PST by Lijahsbubbe (Take my advice; I don't use it anyway.)
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To: big ern; dix; humblegunner; antivenom; bobbyd; eastforker; Flyer; Humidston; olliemb; PetroniDE; ...
Thanks for posting this big ern!

I could not be more proud of our brave troopers!!!!

5 posted on 11/30/2003 10:30:48 AM PST by Eaker (When the SHTF, I'll go down with a cross in one hand, and a Glock in the other.)
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To: big ern
Godspeed, Brad. And thanks.

ern, please tell him we care.

6 posted on 11/30/2003 10:31:10 AM PST by patton (I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
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To: big ern
Awesome, thanks for posting this. Please also post a picture.
7 posted on 11/30/2003 10:31:36 AM PST by nwrep
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To: big ern
BTT. Good heavens, how the libs are screaming about this little visit.
8 posted on 11/30/2003 10:31:38 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: big ern
Woo hoo Brad! Congratulations, and please know how proud (and envious) we all are of you.
9 posted on 11/30/2003 10:31:41 AM PST by Aeronaut (In my humble opinion, the new expression for backing down from a fight should be called 'frenching')
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To: big ern; snippy_about_it
The only opinions that matter, bump.
10 posted on 11/30/2003 10:32:03 AM PST by SAMWolf (Dyslexics of the world untie!)
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To: Libertina; Travis McGee; GarandGirl
bump
11 posted on 11/30/2003 10:34:16 AM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Since when did calling someone a cowboy become an insult?)
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To: big ern
Thanks for posting.
Best Wishes to Brad.
12 posted on 11/30/2003 10:34:47 AM PST by nuconvert
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To: SAMWolf; big ern; Ragtime Cowgirl
Woo-hoo!

Bump!!
13 posted on 11/30/2003 10:35:03 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: big ern; MeeknMing; sweetliberty; Mo1; Budge; Paul Atreides; TomGuy; cardinal4; Eaker; Calpernia; ..
I still think that it is cool he chose to spend his dinner with us.

Way cool e-mail from an honored soldier!!!

14 posted on 11/30/2003 10:35:23 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: big ern
BTTT!!!
15 posted on 11/30/2003 10:36:19 AM PST by spodefly (This is my tagline. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: rintense; MJY1288; RedBloodedAmerican; twyn1; kitkat; justshe; ladyinred; lonestar; ...
ping
16 posted on 11/30/2003 10:36:45 AM PST by Mo1
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To: AngrySpud
ping
17 posted on 11/30/2003 10:36:58 AM PST by nicmarlo
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To: big ern
Oh how wonderful Big Ern.
18 posted on 11/30/2003 10:37:12 AM PST by RikaStrom
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
**TEX blowing on a huge whistle**

TWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!!!!

Hey Rags!! This is INCREDIBLE!!! GOTTA PUT THIS ONE OUT IMMEDIATELY!!!! :-)
19 posted on 11/30/2003 10:39:08 AM PST by TEXOKIE (Hold fast what thou hast received!)
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To: big ern
Deserving this trooper was and is! Only hope he doesn't have any second thoughts as word of Hillary's "Fading Support" BS sweeps through the ranks.

I'm sure this young man is in line for a secondary zone promotion:) Whooa!

20 posted on 11/30/2003 10:39:37 AM PST by Jumper
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To: big ern
This is just fabulous!! Made my day.

God Bless Brad and God Bless the USA!!
21 posted on 11/30/2003 10:40:13 AM PST by The Mayor (Through prayer, finite man draws upon the power of the infinite God.)
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To: big ern
Bump!
22 posted on 11/30/2003 10:40:32 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: big ern
Thank you and God bless this wonderful soldier.
23 posted on 11/30/2003 10:41:21 AM PST by Patriotic Bostonian
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To: big ern
Hope you don't mind if I share this with family and friends. Way too cool to keep just here on FR and with your family. God Bless.
24 posted on 11/30/2003 10:41:26 AM PST by sibb1213
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To: deadhead; LadyX; WVNan; Billie; Mama_Bear; dansangel; dutchess; Aquamarine; jwfiv; Dubya; ...
You gotta see this
25 posted on 11/30/2003 10:43:15 AM PST by The Mayor (Through prayer, finite man draws upon the power of the infinite God.)
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To: big ern; Eaker
Brad,

I am sure you earned the honor of sitting next to President Bush. Keep up the good work - you and the rest have our total support. May God bless you all.
26 posted on 11/30/2003 10:44:05 AM PST by Flyer (This tag line contains 0 carbohydrates)
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To: big ern
Bump your pride!
27 posted on 11/30/2003 10:44:08 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: big ern
If you feel this is worthy of breaking news do your thing. I didn't want to pile it on top of the breaking news.

Great story, and thanks for your consideration. Moved to breaking news.

28 posted on 11/30/2003 10:44:41 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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To: big ern
Wonderful, wonderful story. Thank You for posting it.

29 posted on 11/30/2003 10:45:21 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: big ern
This is GREAT! What comes across is what a terrific man he is.

Thank you for sharing- please tell Brad he has a lot of strangers back home praying for his safe return.
30 posted on 11/30/2003 10:46:34 AM PST by Goldwater Girl
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To: big ern; Squantos; SLB; Travis McGee; harpseal; Eaker; chookter; Possenti; Jeff Head; AAABEST; ...
The Soldier Selected to Sit With the President in Iraq Speaks. FR Exclusive

In case y'all haven't seen this!!

31 posted on 11/30/2003 10:47:28 AM PST by Eaker (When the SHTF, I'll go down with a cross in one hand, and a Glock in the other.)
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To: big ern
Outstanding!!
32 posted on 11/30/2003 10:47:57 AM PST by manna
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To: big ern
Then he told his Press reporter to make sure that I got the pictures since I didn't have a camera.

What a President. Always thinking of others.

33 posted on 11/30/2003 10:47:58 AM PST by Go Gordon
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To: big ern
God bless this fine soldier ( as my eyes well up while reading this with pride for this country and its heroes)
34 posted on 11/30/2003 10:48:13 AM PST by Hannity4prez
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To: nicmarlo
Major ping, indeed!

HUZZAH! ... HUZZAH! ... HUZZAH!
35 posted on 11/30/2003 10:48:20 AM PST by AngrySpud (Behold, I am The Anti-Crust ... Anti-Hillary)
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To: big ern; Mo1
This is GREAT!! Thanks for posting it, and pinging me! I LOVE our military, and I LOVE our President!

Did anybody count how many times he said "What an HONOR!"? I'll say it again........what an honor! :o)

36 posted on 11/30/2003 10:49:40 AM PST by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004!! Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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To: Lijahsbubbe; big ern
Funny how heroes and leaders give honor to others! Our soliers are true heroes! Bush is a true leader!
 
YOU HAVE THAT 'RIGHT'..!!

37 posted on 11/30/2003 10:49:54 AM PST by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: big ern
Thanks big ern, for sharing this uplifting letter with us.
38 posted on 11/30/2003 10:49:56 AM PST by desertcry
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To: TEXOKIE; Ragtime Cowgirl
Woo Hoo!!

Fantastic!!!!!

Bump
39 posted on 11/30/2003 10:50:16 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: big ern
sounds like compassion and the ability to win hearts and minds to me. Leaders don't tell you they are,leaders
are told. God's speed Brad. God's speed.
40 posted on 11/30/2003 10:51:37 AM PST by cars for sale
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To: big ern
Thanks Big Ern for sharing this with us.

Please tell Brad that we thank him and his fellow warriors!
41 posted on 11/30/2003 10:51:52 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Sore@US, the Evil Daddy War bucks, has owned the Demonic Rats for decades!)
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To: big ern
Oh.....big ern.....PLEASE convey to Brad my thanks for his stellar service, his bravery and courage.......and that I am praying for his protection!
42 posted on 11/30/2003 10:52:32 AM PST by ohioWfan (BUSH 2004!! Leadership, Integrity, Morality)
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To: Sidebar Moderator
way to go moderator !!
43 posted on 11/30/2003 10:52:49 AM PST by cars for sale
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To: big ern
This raced through the family like a wildfire this morning.

I imagine so.

Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

And thank you Brad, for your service for us.

44 posted on 11/30/2003 10:54:02 AM PST by Gabz (Smoke gnatzies - small minds buzzing in your business - swat'em!!!)
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To: ohioWfan
just wait a thousand posts and send a link to this blog thingie to BRAD :)
45 posted on 11/30/2003 10:54:19 AM PST by cars for sale
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To: Eaker
BTTT
46 posted on 11/30/2003 10:54:30 AM PST by Squantos (Support Mental Health !........or........ I'LL KILL YOU !!!!)
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To: Lazamataz; Flurry; xsmommy; hobbes1; Texan5
ping
47 posted on 11/30/2003 10:55:49 AM PST by honeygrl (FreeRepublic.com "The Crack Cocaine of Conservative News Discussion")
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To: big ern
I got to talk to him for about a minute and he talked to me about how proud he was of us during the war and how we still continue the fight, and about where I was from. I told him that had I known that I was the one talking to him I would have wanted my soldiers there and how much of a moral booster this was to the soldiers. He then said we support you, America supports you and we took some pictures.

Dear Senator Clinton,

Are you taking notes?


48 posted on 11/30/2003 10:57:03 AM PST by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: big ern
What a awesome Thanksgiving that young man had! I'm so proud of Presidnet Bush to have done that for the men and women serving in Iraq.
49 posted on 11/30/2003 10:57:07 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: TEXOKIE; Ragtime Cowgirl
***Hey Rags!! This is INCREDIBLE!!! GOTTA PUT THIS ONE OUT IMMEDIATELY!!!! :-)

Concur. This is not a drill.

50 posted on 11/30/2003 10:57:12 AM PST by archy (Angiloj! Mia kusenveturilo estas plena da angiloj!)
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