Skip to comments.ABOUT THAT HUG...
Posted on 02/04/2005 12:19:57 PM PST by cyncooper
PRESIDENT Bush spoke at great length about Social Security reform on Wednesday but all anybody wants to talk about is The Hug. The president sent a clear message to the potentates of the Middle East that they need to start thinking about liberty but all that seems to have paled next to The Hug.
And why not? The embrace we all witnessed during the State of the Union between the grieving mother of an American soldier killed in action and an Iraqi woman who exercised the franchise for the first time on Sunday was one of the most powerful TV images ever broadcast.
For years now, opponents of the war have continually brought up the supposed failure of the Iraqi people to greet American military personnel as liberators. No matter that profound expressions of gratitude were in fact commonplace throughout the war and in its aftermath in the Kurdish and Shiite parts of the country.
The success of the Iraqi elections is not just geostrategically important. It has also provided a salutary antidote to the assault on national pride that has been staged by those who believe the war in Iraq was unnecessary and meaningless.
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It hurts their brains to even begin to contemplate that our emotions are real, not staged gimmicks.
I'm glad someone was able to put into words the thoughts I had and tried to write down myself. That hug was loaded with *huge* amounts of meaning--truly one of television's greatest moments IMHO.
"It had become common for many on the Left to cry crocodile tears for the dead and injured, to use those deaths and injuries as an ideological weapon against the merits and justifications for the war."
"But the tears we saw shed on Wednesday night, and the tears we shed ourselves while watching, were the real thing. Sgt. Norwood and all those who have served and are still serving in Iraq have made the world a better place. All glory properly goes to them at a moment of genuine triumph."
President Bush was close to tears himself. And he was not going to interrupt the applause and hugs to get back on schedule with his speech. I love this President.
Anyone remeber if Chrissy called Clinton on his obviously-faked emotion at Ron Brown's funeral?
We weren't blessed with Matthews having a tv show at that time.
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