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A Day in the Life of President Bush (for GretchenM): 8-1-07
WhiteHouse.gov & other sources ^ | 8-1-07

Posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:17 PM PDT by silent_jonny

Tonight’s Dose is dedicated to our cherished friend
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As most of us already know, she passed away suddenly this week. She had been sick for quite some time, but I don’t think any of us knew exactly how sick she really was.

We’re all in shock … stunned by this …

Gretchen suffered through so much pain in her life that we can’t help but rejoice and thank God she’s now being held in the arms of her friend Jesus--her tears wiped away forever. But then we remember the friend we’ve lost and our tears still flow.

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A recent photo of Gretchen and her son Mark

It’s fitting that we have a tribute for G here on the Dose. She was the backbone of this thread, its heart and its spirit. She posted it (often without help) for many years until recently when her health forced her to stop completely. But she never left us. She was always as close as a ping or private message, ready with a kind and reassuring word. Or just a “LOL!”

It was her hope that, once she felt better, she would resume her posting duties … That’s how dedicated she was to the Dose. That’s how much she loved her friends here.

I hope she knew how much we loved her.

Gretchen’s greatest blessing to me was her ability to receive.

Many people find it awkard if they are given things and cannot give back whether for financial reasons or simply they do not want to give.

Gretchen had that ability to enjoy and appreciate what was given her however large or small and make the giver feel that they had enriched her life in some small way.

~ Snugs

Certainly such a gentle, good soul as Gretchen will be so rewarded …

I’ve thought about it a lot and decided that if you could put links on tonight’s thread to the Elvis version of ‘Amazing Grace’ and Brooks & Dunn’s ‘I Believe’ that would represent my feelings perfectly.

~ Wolfstar

Believe by Brooks & Dunn

Amazing Grace by Elvis Presley

As we gather here tonight to remember our friend, please take a moment to pray for her son Mark. May God comfort and strengthen him at this difficult time.

Click here to read Marks beautiful message about his mom. You can see Gretchen’s faith and character reflected in his words.

Please say a prayer for Gretchen’s cousin Carrie and ask that we may continue to receive updates on her progress. Lord, bless this family.

And please remember Gretchen's young friend Sabrina as well.



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KEYWORDS: 131; ee; gretchen; gretchenm; hungary; laurabush; m; presidentbush; sanityisland; simonyi
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1 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:21 PM PDT by silent_jonny
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To: silent_jonny

Quote of the Day:

GretchenM (May 18, 2007): All of life is full of crazies. FR, when I came upon it in 1998, had a craziness to it because of everything Clinton was doing to put it to the American people. FR had wild arguments, stupid accusations, massive anger, and thousands of truly ignorant people who were also belligerent, just as there are today. I come here for the news and to enjoy interacting with people whose posts stand out to me. I don't have the constitution for the rough and tumble, so I have avoided it.

The craziness created by Clinton passed as the course of time allowed us to clean the excrement from the Oval Office and the things Clinton did to soil the presidency, and the American culture.

I am counting on the same result here. In the interim, conservatives need a place where they can get information and post their thoughts. Just as every unit of society has its crazies and its injustices, so does FR. Wise visitors will be able to sort the wheat and chaff. This forum is widely read by people in every strata of political life and party. I don't understand much about what is going on here, except for this: The place is under attack and I will not abandon ship in this storm. I fully expect that this, too, shall pass, and until then, the conservative cause needs little old me to keep rowing with my one little oar. I believe I must know our enemy and stand to the ranks or risk being run over by those whose ideologies are repugnant to me, and, I believe, detrimental to this nation I love.

Photo of the Day:

President Bush walks from the White House to Blair House for a going away party for budget director Rob Portman in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.

2 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:49 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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To: silent_jonny

Sad.


3 posted on 08/01/2007 5:11:57 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: silent_jonny

Good evening. Pray for those in Minneapolis.


4 posted on 08/01/2007 5:12:40 PM PDT by Jemian (PAM of JT ~~ Freedom is never given. It is won.)
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4mycountry; A_perfect_lady; admiralsn; Alberta's Child; ...
Special Dose Ping!

Please wait for the "All Clear" before posting or reposting pictures and graphics.


5 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:13 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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What a perfect thing to do, jonny.


6 posted on 08/01/2007 5:13:26 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4mycountry; A_perfect_lady; admiralsn; Alberta's Child; ...
Special Dose Ping!

Please wait for the "All Clear" before posting or reposting pictures and graphics.


7 posted on 08/01/2007 5:14:14 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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To: STARWISE
The toaster is yours tonight, Starwise :)

(borrowing Gretchen's congratulations gif)

8 posted on 08/01/2007 5:17:39 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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To: silent_jonny

President George W. Bush talks with Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki of Iraq via a video teleconference Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, in the Situation Room of the White House.
9 posted on 08/01/2007 5:18:19 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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To: silent_jonny

Good evening! Sad day here on the dose. We lost one of our best


10 posted on 08/01/2007 5:18:22 PM PDT by Kaslin (The Surge is working and the li(e)berals know it)
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To: silent_jonny; All


Westminster Choir ~~ On Eagle's Wings


11 posted on 08/01/2007 5:19:11 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: silent_jonny

Thanks for this thread, silent_jonny. I only knew GretchenM briefly, but found her to be a person of great kindness. We will all miss her dearly.


12 posted on 08/01/2007 5:20:09 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3rd Bn. 5th Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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Mrs. Laura Bush views photographs Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, during her visit to the National Gallery of Art exhibit, FOTO: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945. Mrs. Bush toured the exhibit with Mrs. Náda P. Simonyi, wife of Hungarian Ambassador András Simonyi.


Mrs. Laura Bush and Mrs. Náda P. Simonyi, wife of Hungarian Ambassador András Simonyi, talk to members of the media after they viewed photographs Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, at the National Gallery of Art exhibit, FOTO: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945.

13 posted on 08/01/2007 5:20:10 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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To: STARWISE; silent_jonny

Yes, sad. I cannot believe how this has affected my emotions. I have never met GEM, but I KNEW her and I miss her. I loved her. As I would miss many of you. My heart is broken for her family, and our loss. She is in a far better place, where tears are wiped away, sorrows banished, and love rules, bodies healed. I know we can rejoice for her, but for us, it is deep loss. We need the Comforter. Thank you for this dose honoring her.


14 posted on 08/01/2007 5:21:15 PM PDT by SnarlinCubBear ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." -- Thomas Mann)
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To: silent_jonny

Thanks, jonny .. still can’t believe it.


15 posted on 08/01/2007 5:22:28 PM PDT by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: silent_jonny

First lady Laura Bush and Nada P. Simonyi, wife of Hungary's ambassador to the U.S., Andras Simonyi, visit the National Gallery of Art's exhibition 'Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945', in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007. The exhibit, sponsored by the Central Bank of Hungary, examines the period of photography's phenomenal success in Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, and Austria during a time of social and political upheaval.


16 posted on 08/01/2007 5:22:57 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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To: silent_jonny

Rack the photos

I never met Gretchen one thing for sure I always look for her post on Daily dose or Canteen

RIP Gretchen


17 posted on 08/01/2007 5:23:36 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: silent_jonny

Thank you for this special Dose.


18 posted on 08/01/2007 5:24:33 PM PDT by lysie
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To: SnarlinCubBear

i knew she had some health issues, but what did she have??? Prayers to her family!!!!


19 posted on 08/01/2007 5:25:26 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: silent_jonny
Yesterday


Vice President Dick Cheney leaves a Republican Senatorial luncheon, Tuesday, July 31, 2007, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

20 posted on 08/01/2007 5:25:59 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Saudi King Abdullah welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice upon her arrival in Jeddah July 31, 2007.


Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal (R) welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her arrival in Jeddah July 31, 2007.


Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates on their arrival in Jeddah July 31, 2007.

21 posted on 08/01/2007 5:27:25 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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To: silent_jonny

She rests now in the Everlasting Arms. God bless and comfort Mark and the family.


22 posted on 08/01/2007 5:27:55 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (PUT AMERICA AHEAD! VOTE FOR FRED!!)
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm El-Sheikh July 31, 2007.


Saudi King Abdullah meets with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in Jeddah July 31, 2007.


23 posted on 08/01/2007 5:28:27 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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24 posted on 08/01/2007 5:29:48 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Held in the palm of His hand, Gretchen.


25 posted on 08/01/2007 5:29:50 PM PDT by Bahbah
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RIP Gretchen. You will be missed. Prayers being said for your brokenhearted family—at home and here on FR/Daily Dose.


26 posted on 08/01/2007 5:30:01 PM PDT by arbee4bush (Our Airman Daughter KB4W--Hero, Patriot and the Love of her mom & dads life!)
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To: silent_jonny
Nice and fitting & best place to honor & remember Gretchen,for sure and for certain!
Now I also know what one of those folkloric E’s in her old screen name stood for!
:)
27 posted on 08/01/2007 5:30:04 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (Heart Shape Here) JESUS. ..and my Bro and FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice looks towards Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abu el-Gheit during a press conference following her meeting with selected Arab Foreign Ministers in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt Tuesday, July 31, 2007.


28 posted on 08/01/2007 5:30:17 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice looks on during a press conference following her meeting with selected Arab Foreign Ministers in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt, Tuesday, July 31, 2007.


29 posted on 08/01/2007 5:31:43 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with selected Arab Foreign Ministers at a hotel in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt Tuesday, July 31, 2007.
30 posted on 08/01/2007 5:32:16 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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To: silent_jonny

Thank you for tonight’s Dose jonny. I KNOW this must have been difficult for you to do. Looking forward to the pix & commentary.

I will llink this thread to the Tribute thread.


31 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:25 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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Today


Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, arrives for a meeting with Israel's President Shimon Peres, not seen, at the President's residence in Jerusalem. Wednesday Aug. 1, 2007. Rice will begin laying the ground for a Mideast peace conference in the visit to Israel on Wednesday, hoping to push Israelis and Palestinians closer to renewing talks.


Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, right, shakes hands with Israel's President Shimon Peres during their meeting at the President's residence in Jerusalem Wednesday Aug. 1, 2007

32 posted on 08/01/2007 5:36:40 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) shakes hands with Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak during their meeting in Jerusalem August 1, 2007


33 posted on 08/01/2007 5:38:56 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Thank you, Jonny. I’ll post more fully when I get home later, but I just want to say that, although Gem may have been alone when she passed on, in a larger sense we’ll always be with her — and she with us. I’m rarely at a loss for words, but this is one of those times when I don’t think I could ever get out what’s in my heart.


34 posted on 08/01/2007 5:40:25 PM PDT by Wolfstar (If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow in Flanders fields.)
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Beautiful tribute tonight to our dear friend.


35 posted on 08/01/2007 5:42:50 PM PDT by mystery-ak (My Son, My Soldier, My Hero........God Speed Jonathan......)
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Terribly sad news; I can hardly string these words together... My memories of Gretchen will always be of a welcoming friend with a true, kind heart. Her smile came through in her words.
My thoughts and prayers are with Mark and all of Gretchen’s family and her friends.
Rest in Peace Gretchen.


36 posted on 08/01/2007 5:44:20 PM PDT by ozbushkin (From the Great Southern Land)
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives for a joint news conference with Israel's Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni in Jerusalem August 1, 2007.


With Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni

37 posted on 08/01/2007 5:45:37 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice speaks during a press conference with Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak, not seen, after their meeting in Jerusalem, Wednesday Aug. 1, 2007.


Nice photo of Condi.

38 posted on 08/01/2007 5:49:24 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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President Bush walks from the White House to Blair House for a going away party for budget director Rob Portman in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.


39 posted on 08/01/2007 5:51:55 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Prayers and love from me, jonny...and I have a message to thank you from onyx.

She wants you to know how much she appreciates this wonderful thread you have made in Gretchen’s memory.

sleuth


40 posted on 08/01/2007 5:53:22 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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President Bush's top political adviser Karl Rove, left, and counselor to the president Ed Gillespie, enter the Blair House for a going away party for budget director Rob Portman in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.


President Bush walks back to the White House after attending a going away party for budget director Rob Portman in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007.

41 posted on 08/01/2007 5:54:08 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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God rest your gentle soul, Gretchen. We miss you ... (tears)

42 posted on 08/01/2007 5:55:36 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Gretchen’s Thumper All Clear...Perfect,Jonny!


43 posted on 08/01/2007 5:58:13 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (Heart Shape Here) JESUS. ..and my Bro and FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: silent_jonny

Thank you so much for posting that..

God bless our dear Gretchen.


44 posted on 08/01/2007 6:01:00 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet -Fred'08)
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Thank you jonny. Gretchen was a dear friend. A saintly lady. She helped me a lot. May she rest in peace.


45 posted on 08/01/2007 6:02:11 PM PDT by tommix2
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High Delivery game:
to play use mouse to move balloon aim for rutter...catch the flowers & see what happens!
Sorry, I don’t know how to make the titled tags...

http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/high.htm


46 posted on 08/01/2007 6:03:04 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (Heart Shape Here) JESUS. ..and my Bro and FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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Hi, Dolly :)

I KNOW this must have been difficult for you to do.

I was okay until I posted the all clear ... the bottom fell out then ... been sobbing for 10 minutes, lol

47 posted on 08/01/2007 6:07:13 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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Oops, aim rutter for string on balloon,rather...


48 posted on 08/01/2007 6:07:37 PM PDT by Majie Purple (I (Heart Shape Here) JESUS. ..and my Bro and FRee Republic! &The Friends/FRiends I've met here!)
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To: silent_jonny

We love you jonny. Hugs, hugs, hugs to you dear friend.


49 posted on 08/01/2007 6:08:14 PM PDT by SnarlinCubBear ("Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil." -- Thomas Mann)
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To: Jemian

Evening :)


50 posted on 08/01/2007 6:08:21 PM PDT by silent_jonny (We'll meet you on that beautiful shore, Gretchen)
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