Skip to comments.A Mother and the President
Posted on 08/15/2005 12:54:32 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
A woman lost her son in Iraq and won't leave George W. Bush alone until he sees her. Who is she, and why is she stirring such emotion?
Cindy Sheehan, 48, is not a natural-born revolutionary. She speaks in a high, almost childlike voice. She says like as often as any teenager, as in, "This whole thing was like so freaking spur of the moment." When her supporters gather to discuss strategy, Sheehan is not to be found in the circle of beach chairs; she is 50 yards up the road, doing yet another interview, hugging yet another stranger. But here she is, the mother of Casey, 24, who died in Iraq last year, and now the central character in the strange, swirling protest she initiated two miles down the road from President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.
Sheehan is unflinching about why she's here. She says George W. Bush killed her son. She demands that U.S. troops come home now...
(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...
It should start "until he see her AGAIN"
As media creations go, this lady is pathetic.
If she were pro-WOT they'd characterize her as sounding drugged. But the left prizes "childlike" above all other descriptions.
Everybody has to find a way to make a living. I guess she thinks being a paid protester is the way to go.
I would think joining the Army would be a better life.
She could volunteer at the nearest Army Post in helping the families at home maybe. Oh, but then that would be about them, not her. What a mental case.
"Hippies. They're everywhere. They wanna save the earth, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad. "
Eric Cartman, Southpark
Just a comment that the Bush family DOES understand the death of a child. Remember W's older sister Robin died of a childhood illness. Granted, it wasn't a war that killed his sister, but painful for the family no less.
If Bush and the war truly are so unpopular why don't we have these mass demonstrations? I think the answer is: Because people don't like Bush but they don't want him to stop what he's doing, even if they're ashamed to admit that to their liberal friends.
That could describe their entire core group of whackos. Male, female or a cross btw the two.
Good point, this isn't a "massive" demonstration. At least not yet. They would have to get Jesse to bring in a few busloads from his coalition. I think that has happened yet because of all the infighting within the left and the power struggle. Just my guess.
I was sympathetic to this woman at the beginning of her publicity stunt. Now I'm just disgusted by the way she's daily dishonoring her son's sacrifice just to stay in the headlines.
This woman is off the deep end, she is threatening not to pay her taxes, she wants the President impeached, she's commenting on foreign policy, i.e. Israel, the media is sucking this up because they didn't have to go anywhere for news, she walked right into Crawford in a slow news month when the President is on vacation, all the media had to do was set up a bank of mikes and bingo, instant insanity, even the neighbors are getting tired of it, one neighbor shot off his rifle on his property which is legal in Texas, he's fed up with the circus. If this woman was saying how much she agreed with the war and how much she liked the President's policies, etc. none of us would hear a word from the MSM, we wouldn't even know she was there. I wonder where she was when slick was sending troops to Somalia, etc.
To fit with her childlike mind, no doubt.
When Liberals use the term "childlike" so endearingly, one can only assume they haven't spent any time around actual children.
Conservatives, who live in the real world, know what "childlike" really is: naive, whiny, petulant, demanding, immature, illogical, uneducated, selfish, and with a tendency to throw tantrums. In other words, just like Sheehan (and all her Liberal ilk).
I think her 15 minutes have been up for awhile now.
Absolutely! And the attempts to portray Bush as unsypathetic just don't hold up.
If I read one more puff piece about Cindy Sheehan, I will puke on my keyboard. These reporters are so incompetent or inane that they will not bother to look into who supports Sheehan or what she has said in the past. I'm assuming that the author of this article is a willing participant in any effort to get rid of Bush.
I wonder what she's planning to do, once Bush's vacation in Crawford is over? Move her protest to the White House? Or will her 15 minutes finally be over?
Does the Time magazine mention any of the mother's anti-semitic ourbursts? I thought so.
That is what I have heard. She will definately need her financiers to camp out there.
Back home in California, her family is imploding under its grief. Sheehan lost her job at Napa County Health and Human Services because of all her absences, she says. Husband Pat, 52, couldn't bear having Casey's things at home and put most of them in storage. "We grieved in totally different ways," Cindy says. "He wanted to grieve by distracting himself. I wanted to immerse myself." A car tinkerer, he added two 1969 VW Bugs to his collection recently and diverted some of his sorrow into them. The couple separated in June.
Daughter Carly, 24, wrote a poem that begins, "Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?" Surviving son Andy, 21, supports his mother in principle but recently sent her a long e-mail imploring her "to come home because you need to support us at home," he says. Casey's aunt Cherie Quartarolo e-mailed a California radio station last week to rebuke Cindy, writing, "She appears to be promoting her own personal agenda at the expense of her son's good name."
She seems to be a very cruel person. She needs a psychiatrist and needs to understand what she is doing to the rest of her family.
No antiSemitism mention and nothing mentioned about the actual physical threats she has made to our president. And she is planning to following him back to DC with he claque of protestors.
"She needs a psychiatrist"
Do most people with a left wing agenda?
"And she is planning to following him back to DC with he claque of protestors."
Well that confirms it: she's certifiably nuts.
There is a risk, though, that Sheehan's ideas will never stop spreading down the road. In 1965 a group of just 25 antiwar protesters demonstrated outside President Lyndon Johnson's Texas ranch. Within a few years, the handful had turned into a movement
God willing, that won't happen.
Michael Savage says, "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder!"
You are right about the pain of the Bush family due to Robin's Leukemia and death, at the tender age of three. Not your point, I know, but for the record Robin was the younger sister of George W. He was about seven when she died.
I just called my Republican Senator. Lip Service. Blah Blah. The issue is being discussed by Congress so they say.
I read that last paragraph earlier and it's just a little too unnerving to comment on! News sources say this sheehan woman is planning on following Bush back to the white house and will stay there indefinetly. Poor pathetic woman, winter is coming so she won't be out there much longer, then again, we're dealing with a left wing wacko so anything is possible.
That is correct. I had their ages reversed. Thanks.
Sheehan worked as a government employee with HHS? I think I can guess were she's always stood, politically.
No it isn't, the last paragraph reads:
A fair question. There is a risk, though, that Sheehan's ideas will never stop spreading down the road. In 1965 a group of just 25 antiwar protesters demonstrated outside President Lyndon Johnson's Texas ranch. Within a few years, the handful had turned into a movement.
In 1965 the Walter and Dan's of the MSM dominated opinion because theirs were the only voices .... that horse doesn't ride anymore.
This lady will be gone from the headlines the first time there are 2 Florida shark attacks within 2 days of each other.
She said she and her husband separated a few months ago as a result of the war, and of her activism. Although she and her estranged husband are both Democrats, she said she is more liberal than he is, and now, more radicalized.
With Fenton Communications as her PR firm? Uh-huh. Yeah.
Maybe...she developed a crush on our President that day he gave her a little peck on the cheek...
Now she only wants to be with him for 10 more minutes...interesting concept you must agree...
Did I read that right? She has people asking her if they can sign their Social Security checks over to her? That's unAmerican.
I agree. She is obviously grieving in a very angry, bitter way--give her enough time on this course and everyone she knows will suffer from her bitter poison. It is unfortunate, so many have had terrible losses. I wonder what her comments were on 9/11 --for those who had no idea they were about to lose their loved ones. They could not plan at all. This woman's son went of his own free will to serve--he did and it cost him his life, one of the very real possibilities of war. What is her tirade saying to those who suffered loss on 9/11?
Let's see this woman showed up in a DC basement along with Joe Wilson for the rat only downing street memo BS hearings. And were suppose to believe anything she does is a spur of the moment thing.
As I listened to the playing of the advertisement that she made, my response was that this woman does sound very child like, even in the way that she phrased her plea. I really wonder if she is really capable of thinking for herself, or if she is being totally manipulated. Very unsettling.
THis edition of Time is for the rest of the world not the USA.
The left is in mortal fear of a successful conclusion in Iraq. A free Iraqi nation standing on its own is a horror.
ANYTHING they can do to show US weakness is something they NEED DESPERATLY.
If time can facilitate the propaganda they will.
"If Bush and the war truly are so unpopular why don't we have these mass demonstrations?"
Also, unlike Vietnam, none of the people in the military today were drafted and joined voluntarily.
I think this war has more support that Vietnam. I was schoolage back then, but I remember more protesting than this one has. And I think it is many of the same people.
I bring it up because 20+ years ago when I lived in Texas it was illegal to occupy the roadway or road right of way on any state or county maintained road.
As a youngster I sure as hell got cited for riding dirt bikes on the highway right of way. Not *on* the roadway, but way over on the other side of the bar ditch from the highway.
Also, I was a tow truck driver as one of my first jobs and we sure as heck towed a lot of vehicles that were parked on the shoulder. DPS/police would cut some slack for a while because they assumed you had run out of gas and would soon return. But at some point they have it towed because it was *illegal* to homestead the shoulder of the road with your vehicle.
Theyd cut you slack if you were walking down the shoulder of the road too assuming that you were off to get gas or find a pay phone. Sometimes would even give you a lift to the nearest station if they were headed that direction. But legally they could remove and cite you because it was illegal to walk along the road.
I recall it quite clearly because one old coot had running battles with the PD. They cited him several times for riding his horse down the shoulder of the farm to market road. He complained that every year they had a wagon train-type parade that traveled down the shoulder of the road. Police pointed out that yes, they did they also had a permit to do so.
Since Ive read that at least two neighbors have posted their property it leads me to believe theyre camped out on the side of the road. That used to be illegal.
Where was the BAAAAARF alert?
Her husband has, appearently, filed for divorce. Nuff' said, really.
She's whacko, and sadly, she's helping (not helping, really) out a party...whose membership belongs on the side of a "Planters" can of mixed nuts.
and again....how many times back then did you see active counter protests in favor of the war, in favor of the troops and in favor of LBJ's policy?
There have been lots since the run-up to the Iraq war....I also think what happened with the Freeper H.O.T. rally in Crawford this weekend, and the media attention it drew, took it up another level.