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E-MAIL FROM A CAPTAIN IN IRAQ: "It was a great moment, and I will never forget it."
E-mail from Captain who attended Pres. Bush's Thanksgiving dinner in Baghdad,* | Dec. 3, 2003 | *[shared by] Freeper yoe

Posted on 12/03/2003 8:13:32 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl


E-MAIL FROM A CAPTAIN IN IRAQ  

Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 10:06 AM

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We knew there was a dinner planned with ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez.

There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI battalion got our table. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go.

 But, about 1500 the G2, LTC xxxxx, came up to me and with a smile, asked me to come to dinner with him, to meet him in his office at 1600 and bring a camera. I didn't really care about getting a picture with Sanchez or Bremer, but when the division's senior intelligence officer asks you to go, you go.

We were seated in the chow hall, fully decorated for thanksgiving when aaaaallllll kinds of secret service guys showed up. That was my first clue, because Bremer's been here before and his personal security detachment is not that big. Then BG Dempsey got up to speak, and he welcomed ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. Bremer thanked us all and pulled out a piece of paper as if to give a speech. He mentioned that the President had given him this thanksgiving speech to give to the troops. He then paused and said that the senior man present should be the one to give it. He then looked at Sanchez, who just smiled. Bremer then said that we should probably get someone more senior to read the speech. Then, from behind the camouflage netting, the President of the United States came around.

The mess hall actually erupted with hollering. Troops bounded to their feet with shocked smiles and just began cheering with all their hearts. The building actually shook. It was just unreal. I was absolutely stunned. Not only for the obvious, but also because I was only two tables away from the podium. There he stood, less than thirty feet away from me! The cheering went on and on and on. Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were crying. There was not a dry eye at my table. When he stepped up to the cheering, I could clearly see tears running down his cheeks.

 It was the most surreal moment I've had in years. Not since my wedding and xxxxx being born. Here was this man, our President, came all the way around the world, spending 17 hours on an airplane and landing in the most dangerous airport in the world, where a plane was shot out of the sky not six days before. Just to spend two hours with his troops. Only to get on a plane and spend another 17 hours flying back. It was a great moment, and I will never forget it.

He delivered his speech, which we all loved, when he looked right at me and held his eyes on me. Then he stepped down and was just mobbed by the soldiers. He slowly worked his way all the way around the chow hall and shook every last hand extended. Every soldier who wanted a photo with the President got one.

I made my way through the line, got dinner, then wolfed it down as he was still working the room. You could tell he was really enjoying himself. It wasn't just a photo opportunity. This man was actually enjoying himself! He worked his way over the course of about 90 minutes towards my side of the room. Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to shake a few hands. I got a picture with Ambassador Bremer, Talabani (acting Iraqi president) and Achmed Chalabi (another member of the ruling council) and Condaleeza Rice, who was there with him. I felt like I was drunk.

He was getting closer to my table so I went back over to my seat. As he passed and posed for photos, he looked my in the eye and "How you doin,' captain." I smiled and said "God bless you, sir." To which he responded "I'm proud of what you do, captain." Then moved on.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush43; iraq; personalaccount; thanksgivingvisit
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1 posted on 12/03/2003 8:13:33 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: yoe
(Hugs!)
2 posted on 12/03/2003 8:14:05 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; ...
There he stood, less than thirty feet away from me! The cheering went on and on and on. Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were crying. There was not a dry eye at my table. When he stepped up to the cheering, I could clearly see tears running down his cheeks.

It was the most surreal moment I've had in years. Not since my wedding and xxxxx being born.

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Had enough? Didn't think so. (^:

3 posted on 12/03/2003 8:16:17 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Sniff Sniff - brining tears to my eyes - sniff sniff!! I need tissues!!!
4 posted on 12/03/2003 8:16:30 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Will Be Bookmarked!! Thanks, ma'am!
5 posted on 12/03/2003 8:16:49 AM PST by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Really cool report. Captured the emotional experience very well.
6 posted on 12/03/2003 8:17:09 AM PST by Huck
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To: All
Clarification, yoe received this e-mail.
7 posted on 12/03/2003 8:17:38 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: areafiftyone
brining=bringing
8 posted on 12/03/2003 8:19:32 AM PST by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I never get tired of reading these reports. Thank you for sharing.
9 posted on 12/03/2003 8:19:46 AM PST by babaloo
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
BTT. I await breathlessly a similar message from the troops who had chow with whats-her-name...
10 posted on 12/03/2003 8:20:44 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Huck
I'm a grow'd man and that brought back tears
11 posted on 12/03/2003 8:21:18 AM PST by cars for sale
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Lady In Blue
"It was a great moment, and I will never forget it." ~ Bump!

Powerful, powerful letter!
12 posted on 12/03/2003 8:22:26 AM PST by blackie
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Another 600 proud, surprised, joyful, tearful stories just like that one.

Hope we get to read/hear each and every one of those 600 in the coming days. They are wonderful.
13 posted on 12/03/2003 8:22:47 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Awesome mail!
14 posted on 12/03/2003 8:23:44 AM PST by demlosers
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To: Sparkles
PING
15 posted on 12/03/2003 8:24:09 AM PST by tazman3
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I'm weepy just reading this! Thanks for posting!
16 posted on 12/03/2003 8:24:10 AM PST by Lil'freeper
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Hitlery DIDN'T receive this type of warm reception. And it's killing her! Hahahahaha!
17 posted on 12/03/2003 8:24:37 AM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Flurry; SheLion; Gabz; Just another Joe
Bump for great post!
18 posted on 12/03/2003 8:25:11 AM PST by CSM (Stop the MF today!!! (Flurry, 11/06/2003))
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Big smile Bump!
19 posted on 12/03/2003 8:25:30 AM PST by SAMWolf (Do it today. Tomorrow it will be illegal.)
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To: Billthedrill
The troops who had to dine with Ol' Crusty probably had tears in their eyes, too, of a different sort.
20 posted on 12/03/2003 8:25:36 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Eat your hearts out, you damned, degenerate Democrats!
21 posted on 12/03/2003 8:26:10 AM PST by Agnes Heep
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Hitlery didnt get this reception:

The mess hall actually erupted with hollering. Troops bounded to their feet with shocked smiles and just began cheering with all their hearts. The building actually shook. It was just unreal. I was absolutely stunned. Not only for the obvious, but also because I was only two tables away from the podium. There he stood, less than thirty feet away from me! The cheering went on and on and on. Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were crying. There was not a dry eye at my table. When he stepped up to the cheering, I could clearly see tears running down his cheeks.

22 posted on 12/03/2003 8:26:19 AM PST by No Blue States
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; redlipstick
Awesome
23 posted on 12/03/2003 8:28:33 AM PST by cyncooper ("The evil is in plain sight")
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Good post.
24 posted on 12/03/2003 8:28:51 AM PST by Barnacle (Spell check is cool)
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To: Diver Dave; Radix; ladtx; river rat; Old Sarge; Long Cut; thumperusn; Kathy in Alaska; ...
This is just too good to miss.
25 posted on 12/03/2003 8:29:17 AM PST by MEG33
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To: Kath; kayak; ohioWfan; Miss Marple; DrDeb; mystery-ak; mtngrl@vrwc; Republic; goodnesswins; ...
A LUVYA DUBYA bump!
26 posted on 12/03/2003 8:33:45 AM PST by Wphile (Keep the UN out of Iraq)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
This is a great post. There wasn't a dry eye in my house either. The ole Chief, my husband didn't let any tears roll down his cheeks but he sure had 2 eyes full of them.
27 posted on 12/03/2003 8:34:07 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: Wphile
Thanks....I already emailed it to family and friends.....and had my "tear" drops for the morning!!!
28 posted on 12/03/2003 8:37:19 AM PST by goodnesswins (A man who will fight for nothing, will NEVER be free.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Dang you RC! I Have to tell everyone my sinuses are acting up so I can blow my nose and dry my eyes. I will send Conspiracy Guy to call on you.
29 posted on 12/03/2003 8:37:28 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Ignorance can be corrected with knowledge. Stupid is permanent.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Thank you for posting this AWESOME e-mail. Now I have tears rolling down my cheeks!!!

May God continue to bless our President and our troops!!
30 posted on 12/03/2003 8:40:54 AM PST by DrDeb
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
And now I'm sitting here in my office at work with tears running down my cheeks. This President is just awesome and inspiring. His Thanksgiving journey to Baghdad was a defining moment for the troops and for all of us spiritually fighting this war as well. I loved reading the email from this captain. Thanks for posting it.
31 posted on 12/03/2003 8:42:10 AM PST by nana4bush
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Wonderful post. I still get all tingly just reading about it. God bless our President.
32 posted on 12/03/2003 8:47:22 AM PST by baseballmom
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To: baseballmom
WOW WOW WOW.. that's all I can say... WOW.. If the media showed the real Bush, we wouldnt even be talking about the reelection. It would be a shoe-in...
Dont wait for the media to mention any of these wonderful stories..
33 posted on 12/03/2003 8:53:47 AM PST by futureceo31
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
bump
34 posted on 12/03/2003 8:55:17 AM PST by jtminton (2Timothy 4:2)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; yoe
I, too, am shedding a few tears. What a great feeling to know that we have a President who can evoke those emotions by his heroic and unselfish acts. Thanks so much for sharing with us!
35 posted on 12/03/2003 8:55:17 AM PST by opinion8r
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Awwwww hell, I can't finish reading this for the tears, dang it...
36 posted on 12/03/2003 8:56:40 AM PST by el_texicano
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
37 posted on 12/03/2003 8:58:58 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; RonDog
The mess hall actually erupted with hollering. Troops bounded to their feet with shocked smiles and just began cheering with all their hearts. The building actually shook. It was just unreal. I was absolutely stunned. Not only for the obvious, but also because I was only two tables away from the podium. There he stood, less than thirty feet away from me! The cheering went on and on and on. Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were crying. There was not a dry eye at my table. When he stepped up to the cheering, I could clearly see tears running down his cheeks.

I got chills reading this!

Hey Rondog, speaking of "Luvya Dubya" :):):)

38 posted on 12/03/2003 8:58:58 AM PST by TheSpottedOwl (I'd rather have dead rats in my walls, than Hillary for President.,)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Wow! As macho of a guy as I am, this thing brought tears to my eyes!

I am NOT a "Dubya lover", but for this act, I do love the guy. What he did for those guys there is immeasurable. I dont care what ANYONE else says, this was a great thing to do for the TROOPS, and thats all that matters to me.

39 posted on 12/03/2003 9:02:41 AM PST by Paradox (I dont believe in taglines, in fact, this tagline does not exist.)
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter
ping
40 posted on 12/03/2003 9:04:27 AM PST by IncPen ( I hope the Democrats keep listening to the Clintons. So far, it's been great for us.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Post this for the DUmmies to read.
Their tiny heads will explode.
41 posted on 12/03/2003 9:04:43 AM PST by macrahanish #1
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To: MEG33; Ragtime Cowgirl
This is just too good to miss.

Boy, you got that right, MEG.
Thanks for the post, RC.

I think I've gotta go buy a new monitor - This one's been getting awfully fuzzy with these stories out of Iraq.

Salute to our Armed Forces and Commander-In-Chief!

42 posted on 12/03/2003 9:05:08 AM PST by Diver Dave
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Sniff sniff
43 posted on 12/03/2003 9:11:36 AM PST by Arpege92
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Wow! What a tear-jerker this is. I cried when it happened, too. The joy of the soldiers and the emotions of their Commander-in-Chief tell the story. The RATS can claim this was a political stunt all they want. They are dead wrong. This was a gesture of love on both sides.
44 posted on 12/03/2003 9:17:21 AM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Wphile
The building actually shook. ... Soldiers were hollering, cheering, and a lot of them were crying. There was not a dry eye at my table. ... he stepped down and was just mobbed by the soldiers. ...

What a great eyewitness report.

Maybe Tom Brokaw will include this type of report in one of his airtime tributes to the soldiers, no?

In my dreams.

Wphile, thanks a mil for the ping. Ragtime Cowgirl, thanks for posting this.

45 posted on 12/03/2003 9:23:21 AM PST by GretchenEE (Why is this tag line following me everywhere? Do I get fined if I remove it?)
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To: Billthedrill
I await breathlessly a similar message from the troops who had chow with whats-her-name...

Bill! Bill! You're gonna turn blue and ...and ... and DIE if you do that! Please give up this lost mission and breathe again! We'll still respect ya even if you give up this goal!

46 posted on 12/03/2003 9:31:57 AM PST by GretchenEE (Why is this tag line following me everywhere? Do I get fined if I remove it?)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Report on Hillary's visit: "The stench will never leave my nose."
47 posted on 12/03/2003 9:33:38 AM PST by My2Cents ("Well....there you go again...")
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To: MEG33
bump
48 posted on 12/03/2003 9:39:16 AM PST by Soaring Feather
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To: SwatTeam
I was putting up my Christmas Tree on Thanksgiving Evening, when I went to my bedroom and turned on FoxNews for any updated news... to my shock and ewe My President Had suprised my Military. I was in amazement but then I knew he would do something like that, because that is the type of person he is. I called everyone I knew and told them to turn on Fox. We all just sat in amazement and we all said, the Dems will say he did this to outstage hillary. It is never hard to estimate what the side of the devil will do.
49 posted on 12/03/2003 9:40:25 AM PST by JFC
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To: All
If you ever left a message on an answering machine you can do this!
It's really that simple. AND It's a Toll Free Number !


Send deployed troops message on SoldiersRadio.com

SoldiersRadio is again this year providing a way to let you tell Service members worldwide that you care and are thinking about them during the Holidays.

You can do an Audio Post Card simply by calling 1-800-330-5090.
Your recorded personalized message will be played back on www.SoldiersRadio.com.

You can record a short message (30 seconds) to friends, family members or just a random message of good will. SoldiersRadio will then take your message and put it on the radio Web cast throughout the Holiday Season. Its very simple to do and works both ways ... from the field or to the Service member.

AnyServiceMember.org is also promoting the call-in holiday service in hopes of reaching a large group of people who would like to send a message to Soldiers serving away from home.

The cut-off date for the call in is Dec.15.
SoldiersRadio.com


50 posted on 12/03/2003 9:43:19 AM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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