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Bush, Sheehans share moments (Original article about Sheehans' meeting with Bush in June 2004)
vacaville reporter ^ | 6/24/2004 | David Henson

Posted on 08/12/2005 3:52:30 PM PDT by mobyss

From our archive: 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

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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.


TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: cindysheehan; neversatisfied; sheehan
I feel sorry for this woman. She has not been allowed to get through her grief correclty like thousands of veteran mothers before her (Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, etc), but instead has been co-opted as a puppet for the anti-American left. Anything even touching Michael Moore will stink with leftist rot from that point on, and for some reason Cindy Sheehan appeared at a "Words in support of F-9/11" rally in early 2005. Not an actual rally in support of the actual victims of 9/11, but a rally in support of MM's stupid propaganda.
1 posted on 08/12/2005 3:52:31 PM PDT by mobyss
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To: mobyss

BTTT


2 posted on 08/12/2005 4:15:05 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: mobyss
A photo of the event. Bush kissing Sheehan. Sheehan and family looking happy. Son already dead.


4 posted on 08/12/2005 4:32:20 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Redress; Admin Moderator

Interesting comments for your first day.....


5 posted on 08/12/2005 4:32:23 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Redress
Baloney. What she is doing is pathetic! At first I thought she was just being used by the left, but now, she is one of them. She has hated President Bush ever since the 2000 election. She is in cohoots with whatever his name is to impeach the President. I have lost a daughter and I know what it is like. Do you? What you just said is something that I have seen over at DU. Is that where you get your information? That term is one that I have seen numerous times on that site. She is not honoring her son in any way whatsoever. He believed in his country and that is something that his mom knows nothing about. Do some research on her!
6 posted on 08/12/2005 4:33:02 PM PDT by MamaB (mom to an angel)
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You're too fast, LOL!


7 posted on 08/12/2005 4:33:11 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Brett66

Gosh, I posted to someone who is not there. Did I dream that post?


8 posted on 08/12/2005 4:34:32 PM PDT by MamaB (mom to an angel)
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To: mobyss
 
On "Casey's Peace Page" (Whew - what a site full of Marxist talking point bilge...), about almost to the bottom there's an "Article" section and below that is listed "Sheehans meet with President Bush" Vacaville Reporter - but in clicking on the "Articles" link, there is no link nor even mention of that event. Guess that would make things more than a bit awkward. Am waiting for Cindy & Friends to clarify that one.
 

9 posted on 08/12/2005 4:59:17 PM PDT by lapsus calami
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To: mobyss
I feel sorry for this woman. She has not been allowed to get through her grief correclty like thousands of veteran mothers before her (Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, etc), but instead has been co-opted as a puppet for the anti-American left.

Codswollop. I feel sorry for her only so far as losing her son, beyond that, she had her day with the President of the United States, this is/always has been her beef. She's not being used as a tool for the anti-war left, she is/always has been wallowing in that pig sty. The anti-war left is using her as a poster-child for the "Get Out Of Iraq NOW!" and "Bush Lied, Thousands Died" bandwagon. She is who the anti-war left uses as a placemarker for their failed past.

10 posted on 08/12/2005 8:03:14 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (Liberalism is a form of insanity)
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"The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached."
11 posted on 08/13/2005 2:43:29 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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