Skip to comments.A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos) 12-22-06
Posted on 12/22/2006 4:09:40 PM PST by onyx
Today, President Bush and First Lady Laura went to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to visit with volunteers and our brave troops. He awarded sixteen Purple Hearts. Here he is seen helping volunteer children wrap Christmas presents for children of families whose parent have been wounded in service to our country.
In leiu of a quote of the day, I offer you the complete text of his remarks:
THE PRESIDENT: Laura and I are honored to be here to thank the folks working here at this service project. What you're seeing is some young kids wrapping gifts for children whose families are here in Washington, D.C. as a result of an injury that they've received -- that the parent received in combat.
We've also just come from Walter Reed. I got to tell you, it's a remarkable experience to go through the hospital. It's remarkable because of the unbelievable compassion and care of the people who work at Walter Reed. And it's also remarkable to me, these men and women who have volunteered to serve our country, who've received terrible wounds, but whose spirits are strong, their resolve is strong, and their dedication to our country remains strong.
I want all our fellow citizens to understand that we're lucky to have men and women who have volunteered to serve our country like those who wear our uniform. We're lucky to have their families support them so strongly. We owe them all we can give them -- not only for when they're in harm's way, but when they come home to help them adjust if they have wounds, or help them adjust after their time in service. We owe a huge debt of gratitude for incredible men and women. And I -- every time I come to Walter Reed, I am moved by the courage and bravery of the people I meet.
And so on behalf of a grateful nation, I want to thank our military families, thank the folks here who are wrapping gifts for the military families, and ask for God's blessings on our citizens. Thank you.""
In this Photograph provided by the White House, President Bush, left, shakes the hand of Staff Sgt. Marcus Wilson, Dermott, Ark., after awarding him two Purple Hearts at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, as first lady.Laura Bush, second from left, and members of the Marine's family look on. Wilson is recovering from wounds suffered in Iraq.
Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island.....
Waving from the South Lawn.
President Bush lends his expertise, helping young volunteers wrap presents for families of soldiers who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I love the pictures from when he visits the hospital.
In this photograph provided by the White House, President Bush presents a Purple Heart to Sgt. John Kriesel of Twin Cities, Minn., during a visit Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington where the soldier is recovering from injuries suffered in Iraq. Looking on with First Lady Laura Bush is the National Guardsman's wife, Katie, holding their 4-year-old son Broden, and 5-year-old Elijah.
President Bush presents the Purple Heart to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Cordero of El Paso, Texas during a visit Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington where the soldier is recovering from injuries suffered in Iraq. Looking on with first lady Laura Bush is Sgt. Cordero's mother, Rosa Cordero.
President Bush congratulates Army Specialist Sue Downes, of Iowa City, Iowa after presenting her with a Purple Heart. Joining in the presentation are her husband, Gabriel, left, their son Austin and daughter Alexis, and her mother, Faye Partin.
President George W. Bush congratulates U.S. Army Pvt. First Class Jace Badia of Tampa, after presenting him with a Purple Heart Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, during a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center where the soldier is recovering from injuries suffered in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
President George W. Bush congratulates Pvt. First Class Tony Brawdy of Tulsa, OK., after presenting him with two Purple Hearts Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, during a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where the soldier is recovering from injuries suffered in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Hi sweet you and Merry Chirstmas!
President and First Lady Laura start to walk away after addressing the press. In the bottom photo, I think their faces 'speak to the experience with the press.'
"Look, Laura -- another anal retentive posing as a journalist. Tut tut.."
I just got "lucky"
I visit daily and never end my day with out a stop here...today my day happened to start early...
so very Thankful this site exists for quiet country people..I live in the Pennsylvania mountains just 16 miles from where flight#93 went down...RETIRED and loving it...
Merry Christmas, onyx. Thank you for the lovely dose.
Hi Miss Marple. He awarded 16 Purple Hearts today. I regret that photos of each recipient were not available, but I note that at least two won two Purple Hearts. Talk about REAL heroes! We are humbled by our brave troops and ever so thankful for them and grateful unto them.
I love that picture. Merry Christmas everyone!
LOL -- says it all, huh?
I saw your post onyx and would like to wish you and your family Merry Christmas!
To all those who served and are serving at home and abroad, know that you are in our prayers.
Happy Holiday and a very Merry Christmas
a Walter Reed BumP
I'm SO HAPPY you won! Bless you, sweetie. snugs is usually here shortly and she will take your toaster request. :)
Congratulations, haircutter! I lurk a lot too...just keeping up w/our President and his Laura via pictures is food for my soul. I'm going to have serious withdrawal pain in 2008.
Thank you, Bahbah. I wish you a Blessed and Happy Christams too! I must be hanging out with snugs a lot... I am naturally starting to say "Happy" Christmas instead of "Merry." :)
Merry Christmas, sissyjane! I wish the LAX players would have gotten better news today. I won't ruin this thread with further comment.
Only three days left.
Great pics. Thanks onyx.
Thank you, ((Blackirish)) --- I wish you and your family a Blessed and Happy Christmas too. I have been confining myself mostly to the Dose... I will help you fight the battles in the trenches "after" Christmas. It's not like I haven't seen the nasty posts. :)
You're most welcome. You're way ahead of me. I have not yet wrapped present number one...lol.
Thank you, Norm, and I sure echo your sentiments.
A Blessed and Happy Christmas to you and your family!
May God bless our brave troops!
That's a beautiful pic. Thanks for posting it.
Well, I'm here for moral support only..you'll have to ask W for help with that.LOL.
BTW, the look on the little girls faces during W's wrapping is priceless. :)
Their faces are so sweet. I almost selected one of their pics for the photo of the day, but decided to choose the pic of our brave soldier who looked most injured. Their sacrifices humble me and bring me to tears.
Her devoted husband has posted an update which y'all will find sad. Please post a message to her on the thread and keep her and her husband in your prayers.
kayak's update and prayer thread: CLICK HERE for post #242.
.. as if I were right there in the room with them. Yup. :)
One can't know -- unless TIME shows us the poseur's photo!
That is ONE heck of a superb photo.
It sure is! Absolutely exudes romance. They are so in love.
FRmail to you.
Hi GEM. Thanks for your vote of confidence and I have replied to your mail, unless there's another. Guess Who wants to come to Christmas Dinner at your house? :)
LOL-LOL-LOL --- that's not my house --- I just came it across it and liked it.
Bump that. There aren't enough honors in the world good enough for them.
I love that he's helping wrap presents but it doesn't look like he's doing it very neatly lol.
Because of the holiday, I'm home earlier than normal today. I also have 10 days off. Yay!
I wish you and yours a very happy holiday and a great new year.
You're right. Their bravery and sacrifices cannot be properly honored in this life.
Yeah, not very neat, but wouldn't it be just the living end, to wrap presents next to him?