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E-mail From Officer Dubya Saw in Baghdad on Thanksgiving
Strange Cosmos ^ | 12/4/03 | anonymous soldier

Posted on 12/04/2003 8:14:27 PM PST by FormerACLUmember

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 Devan, 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 Aaron 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 said "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: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 4moreyears; dubya; goodguy; hero; mensch; personalaccount; president; presidentbush; thanksgivingvisit; theman; w
A moving e-mail I had to share. Brought a tear to my eye, even a week later.
1 posted on 12/04/2003 8:14:28 PM PST by FormerACLUmember
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To: FormerACLUmember
Great email! Thanks for posting it.
2 posted on 12/04/2003 8:18:07 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: FormerACLUmember
bump for the dubya-man
3 posted on 12/04/2003 8:21:08 PM PST by FormerACLUmember (A person is only as big as the dream they dare to live.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Just one tiny detail was wrong, the DHL plane was not shot out of the sky, it was hit but made a remarkable landing with a wing in flames.

Otherwise this is a moving testament.

4 posted on 12/04/2003 8:21:46 PM PST by GeronL (Visit www.geocities.com/geronl.....and.....www.returnoftheprimitive.com)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Thanks for the post.
5 posted on 12/04/2003 8:22:14 PM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: FormerACLUmember
No tears here! Nope. sarcasm off>
6 posted on 12/04/2003 8:22:18 PM PST by bluesagewoman
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To: FormerACLUmember
BUMP!
7 posted on 12/04/2003 8:22:27 PM PST by Lady In Blue (President Bush-"Avenger of the bones....Shiekh of Shiekhs")
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To: FormerACLUmember
A full thread with comments was posted a couple of days ago:

E-MAIL FROM A CAPTAIN IN IRAQ: "It was a great moment, and I will never forget it."
8 posted on 12/04/2003 8:23:17 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy
Did you intentionally setup a thread loop?
9 posted on 12/04/2003 8:24:50 PM PST by nhoward14 (Don't *MISS* out on *ROOTING* for *THE* Cowboys! Go *QUINCY*)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Yeah, great post. Thank you.
10 posted on 12/04/2003 8:25:34 PM PST by xrp (The best service 'public servants' can do for the public is to get out of public service.)
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To: Paul Atreides
Two medics from my son's unit got to go. He will be home in a few days so I will have to ask about how it went with them.
11 posted on 12/04/2003 8:25:43 PM PST by RobbyS (XP)
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To: FormerACLUmember
thanks for the read
12 posted on 12/04/2003 8:25:53 PM PST by rface (Ashland, Missouri -)
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To: Paul Atreides
Eat your guts out, Bruno (clintoon). God knows you'll never get such a reception from anyone. Ya ever get the feelin' you just step from one pile of cow flop to another?

Well done!

13 posted on 12/04/2003 8:27:25 PM PST by Adrastus
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To: FormerACLUmember
saving this post
14 posted on 12/04/2003 8:27:33 PM PST by jrawk
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To: FormerACLUmember
Proud of the USA, it's president and it's soldiers mega-bump.
15 posted on 12/04/2003 8:27:34 PM PST by tiki
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To: FormerACLUmember
"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.

He's a good, honest man. Nice to have him as our president.
Good post.

16 posted on 12/04/2003 8:30:34 PM PST by concerned about politics ( "Satire". It's Just "Satire.".......So it is.)
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To: Adrastus
The Old Bag sure isn't getting much mileage out of her Doom-N-Gloom Tour, is she? Not only was she upstaged by W, but in all of the photos I've seen, everyone around her looks as if they were being visited by Saddam himself.
17 posted on 12/04/2003 8:31:35 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: FormerACLUmember
"Troops bounded to their feet with shocked smiles and just began cheering with all their hearts.
The building actually shook. "

how sweet it is...

18 posted on 12/04/2003 8:34:34 PM PST by hoot2
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To: FormerACLUmember
God bless our troops.
20 posted on 12/04/2003 8:47:19 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: FormerACLUmember
My new conspiracy theories, because the Democrat media is falling flat on it's collective arse with the Halliburton centerpiece Turkey crapola. Dem. operatives can Freepmail me for further talking points...

"Bush went to Iraq at the last minute because the twins finally told Laura and he they weren't coming home for Thanksgiving. It seems the Secret Service agents are keeping a further distance than they did with Chelsea, gving the girls greater latitude in socializing with the opposite sex." Go ahead Krugman, try it out.

"President-by-fiat Bush went to Iraq because he got wind of the plan for his old college buddies to hold a surprise kegger at the ranch." Al Franken, take it away.

"In a surprise move, President Bush went to Iraq today to avoid the Bush family reunion scheduled in Crawford. Our inside sources tell us the President was trying to avoid his niece Noelle Bush, and quote, stay away from the hard shit. end quote." Peter Jennings, roll with it.

/sarcasm
I was simply in awe when I turned the TV on Thanksgiving Day and heard the news, and still am.
21 posted on 12/04/2003 8:47:19 PM PST by JerseyHighlander (quid quid latine dictum sit, altum videtur.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
That old Ric Flair said it best:

"To be the Man you have to beat the Man. A limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealin', wheelin' dealin' son-of-a-gun. If you don't like it you better learn to love it, 'cause it's the best thing going today!...
Whoooo!...Whooo!"
22 posted on 12/04/2003 8:59:07 PM PST by NewRomeTacitus (Kids, don't be the last on your block to sport a nifty aluminum hat.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
OMG...that was wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. Somehow the description of Pres. Bush by this soldier doesn't surprise me at all. I think of him in just that way. Honest, sincere and yes, loving. May God bless him, the troops and their families for the sacrifice they are making for us.....and thank you again for sharing this.
23 posted on 12/04/2003 9:00:56 PM PST by mrtysmm
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To: Adrastus
Klintooon is now trying another trick to get recognition.....by trying to take credit for the AIDS problem which he never a thing to help. Appearing on show after show with Mandela and Annon(sp)....talking about AIDS. The comment made about him after the disgusting display of arrogance was....."the adds about aids should feature Klintooon with a condom over his head...since he is known to have been extremely risky in his extra marital affairs...he never wore a condom ...confirmed by Flowers and Jones...and whoever else he 'approached'!
24 posted on 12/04/2003 9:07:16 PM PST by mrtysmm
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To: hoot2
Wasn't the "building" a tent?
25 posted on 12/04/2003 9:19:01 PM PST by DB ()
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To: mrtysmm
Reading it is so wonderful. I thank God every day that we have President Bush in office.
26 posted on 12/04/2003 9:23:57 PM PST by LauraJean (Fukai please pass the squid sauce)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Thanks for sharing this great story. It still brings tears to my eyes when I see the pitures that were posted last week. God bless our president and military. God speed to all.
27 posted on 12/04/2003 9:37:00 PM PST by Texagirl4W
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To: FormerACLUmember

28 posted on 12/04/2003 9:59:03 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is Slavery)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Thankful Thanksgiving Bump!
29 posted on 12/04/2003 10:34:21 PM PST by stradivarius
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To: FormerACLUmember
Thanks.
30 posted on 12/04/2003 10:52:56 PM PST by boycott
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To: GeronL
it was hit but made a remarkable landing with a wing in flames.

Not only that -- they had no hydraulics and the flap and aileron on the left wing were gone. The fire from the Strela burned through the rear spar.

The guy made a no-controls, no-flap, no-brakes landing with no loss of life (and there is a 50-50 chance the airplane is repairable at this time). It is a job of airmanship for the record books -- he had nothing but throttles and trim tabs to control that jet.

And that's a civilian pilot (not even American, I think). If Hadji wants to take on the civilised world, he had better adapt well to frustration -- because he can't win against men like this.

d.o.l.

Criminal Number 18F

31 posted on 12/04/2003 11:31:49 PM PST by Criminal Number 18F
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To: bluesagewoman
Bump for loyal Missourians
32 posted on 12/05/2003 12:01:42 AM PST by FormerACLUmember (A person is only as big as the dream they dare to live.)
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