I was thinking the same thing, good for BOR.
Also, wasn't someone else from the WH present during these meetings that can put to rest the lie that the president was in a party mood?
Isn't she supposed to appear on his show tonight?
listening now. He says Sheehan is suppose to be on the Factor today.
He says Michael Moore is her man and that her stuff is on his website all the time. He says the ones behind Sheehan are the most liberal mainstream group, hence Michael moore and his buddies!
To all of you... Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors and the rest of you Heroes serving honorably, risking life and limb at every turn; First of all, Thank You from the bottom of my heart for answering the call.
Pray tell, how many of you, if you gave the ultimate sacrifice, would want your mother to embarrass your honor in this manner?
I'll have to listen to Bill's radio show later today
I'm not an O'Reilly fan, but tonight might be worth watching.
I honor the memory of her brave son. It's too bad she's letting her personal agenda keep her from doing the same. You don't honor a fallen warrior by saying he died for nothing.
I'm not a BO'R fan either, but once in a while he gets his teeth into something worthwhile. I'll be watching!!
Oreilly won't do squat with this woman. Last night he was falling all over himself to excuse her and be nice, heck even Michelle Malkin was using kid-gloves. He will let her come on and say what she wants, he will bring up her past remarks and let her spin her way out of it.
I find it amazing that this woman is hanging out with Michael Moore and the other left wing nut jobs who have actually praised the terrorists in Iraq has freedom fighters, she is hanging with the people who support the terrorists that killed her son.
I think reporting the fraud of these people is much more important than sitting in Aruba reporting nothing new for months.
Someone needs to direct Bill to this from last year!
Bush, Sheehans share moments
By David Henson/Staff Writer
Since learning in April that their son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, had been killed in Iraq, life has been everything but normal for the Sheehan family of Vacaville.
Casey's parents, Cindy and Patrick, as well as their three children, have attended event after event honoring the soldier both locally and abroad, received countless letters of support and fielded questions from reporters across the country.
"That's the way our whole lives have been since April 4," Patrick said. "It's been surreal."
But none of that prepared the family for the message left on their answering machine last week, inviting them to have a face-to-face meeting with President George W. Bush at Fort Lewis near Seattle.
Surreal soon seemed like an understatement, as the Sheehans - one of 17 families who met Thursday with Bush - were whisked in a matter of days to the Army post and given the VIP treatment from the military. But as their meeting with the president approached, the family was faced with a dilemma as to what to say when faced with Casey's commander-in-chief.
"We haven't been happy with the way the war has been handled," Cindy said. "The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached."
The 10 minutes of face time with the president could have given the family a chance to vent their frustrations or ask Bush some of the difficult questions they have been asking themselves, such as whether Casey's sacrifice would make the world a safer place.
But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act. In addition, Pat noted that Bush wasn't stumping for votes or trying to gain a political edge for the upcoming election.
"We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us," Pat said.
Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.
"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."
The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.
While meeting with Bush, as well as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was an honor, it was almost a tangent benefit of the trip. The Sheehans said they enjoyed meeting the other families of fallen soldiers, sharing stories, contact information, grief and support.
For some, grief was still visceral and raw, while for others it had melted into the background of their lives, the pain as common as breathing. Cindy said she saw her reflection in the troubled eyes of each.
"It's hard to lose a son," she said. "But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war."
The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.
For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.
For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.
"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said.
David Henson can be reached at email@example.com.
Any Texas Freepers want to meet me, I think I am going to go.