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D.C. Chapter Invited to Meet President Bush at White House Troop Support Event (Photos)
Photos by TgslTakoma and Mrs. Trooprally | Tuesday, September 18, 2007 | Kristinn

Posted on 09/18/2007 4:00:20 PM PDT by kristinn

Freeper in the house

President with Angelwood
President Bush and Angelwood

Mr. Trooprally - Blue Star dad
Mr. Trooprally

Mrs. Trooprally - Blue Star mom
Mrs. Trooprally

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Front: Angelwood, tgslTakoma; debm29palms. Middle: Kristinn, Flib, Mr. Trooprally, ponsdorf. Back: Laura Youngblood.

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President and Mrs. Bush

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Vice President Cheney and Angelwood

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Angelwood, Karen Hughes, Mrs. Trooprally

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SEcretary of State Rice

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President Bush with military families.

Members of the D.C. Chapter of FreeRepublic.com were invited to the White House today for an event for troop support organizations with President Bush. Other groups included Vets for Freedom (in the beige polo shirts), Families United for Our Troops and Their Mission (in the red polos shirts), Move America Forward, Gathering of Eagles, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

It was a beautiful and moving day. The President spent what seemed like two hours meeting with everyone who wanted to speak with him. There were many Gold and Blue Star parents there who wanted to tell the President they still support the mission.

During the President's speech, the crowd erupted in to a loud, boisterous chant of "USA! USA! USA!" Yep, the Freeper table started it, LOL!

The Presidents' speech:

President Bush Meets with Military Support Organizations

South Lawn

9:07 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thanks for coming. Laura and I are honored to welcome you here to the South Lawn. Welcome to the people's house. (Applause.) First, I'd like to thank Katy Benko for singing the national anthem. It's not only a beautiful morning to sing the national anthem, it's a beautiful setting in which to sing the national anthem. Katy's husband, Ryan, is deployed to Iraq. Katy, make sure you email him and tell him how appreciative we are of your service, and tell him how appreciative all of us are of your voice. (Applause.)

Laura and I want to thank the members of our -- my administration for joining us. Mr. Vice President, we're really thrilled you're here. Thank you for coming, sir. (Applause.) Secretary of State Condi Rice is with us today. Madam Secretary, appreciate you being here. (Applause.) Secretary Jim Nicholson of the Veterans Affairs Administration; thanks for coming, Jim. (Applause.)

For you veterans who are here, there is no more solemn obligation by your government to make sure you have all it takes to -- for your health care, and for your support. I feel a very strong obligation, since it was my decision that committed young men and women into combat, to make sure our veterans who are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan get all the help this government can possibly provide. (Applause.)

I appreciate the Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren, for joining us; the Secretary of the Navy, Don Winter; General "Hoss" Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Sandee. By the way, General Cartwright is a Marine. (Applause.) I'm not playing to the crowd or anything. (Laughter.)

I want to welcome members of this crowd who have lost a loved one in this war against terror. Our hearts go out to you. We love you. The best way to honor the sacrifices that your loved one made, as well as the sacrifice you have made, is to accomplish the mission, is to achieve the peace. (Applause.)

Laura and I welcome the families who have got a loved one overseas, whether it be in Iraq or Afghanistan, fighting these extremists and terrorists. The best way to honor your loved one is to make sure that he or she has the full support of the United States government as you accomplish the mission that we have set. (Applause.) By the way, for the loved ones here, I fully understand the best way to sustain a volunteer army is to make sure you're happy -- (laughter) -- is to make sure you've got good housing; to make sure that you've got good health care; to make sure that you understand that we know that you're in this fight along with your husband or wife or son or daughter. And that's exactly how this administration feels. (Applause.)

For the veterans who are here, for those of you who are veterans in Iraq and Afghanistan, thank you for volunteering in the face of danger. (Applause.) And for the people who aren't veterans yet, still remain on active duty, thanks for wearing the uniform of the greatest country on the face of the Earth. We're proud of you. (Applause.)

I want to thank the service organizations and those who have come together to support our families and our troops. I can't tell you how important it is for organizations like the Vets for Freedom or the VFW or the American Legion and other groups to -- Gold Star Mothers, got you, okay, thank you -- Blue Star Mothers, Gold Star Mothers, all the mothers, yes. (Applause.) Every day is Mother's Day as far as your concerned, isn't it? (Laughter.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Don't forget the dads.

THE PRESIDENT: And the dads, yes. I knew this was going to happen. (Laughter.) Yes, the wives; okay, fine. (Laughter.) Everybody is supporting our troops. I want to thank you for doing it. (Applause.)

It's important people hear from you. It's important people hear your voice. And I want to thank you for organizing. I want to thank you not only for the grassroots support of our families, I want to thank you for going up to Capitol Hill. And here's a message I hope you deliver: The Commander-in-Chief wants to succeed -- (applause) -- and the Commander-in-Chief takes seriously the recommendations of our military commanders. General Petraeus came back to the United States to deliver the recommendations he made to me. Inherent in his recommendations is, one, his belief we're succeeding, his belief we will succeed, and I ask the United States Congress to support the troop levels and the strategies I have embraced. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. When the history books are finally written about this chapter in the war against extremists and radicals, they will recognize certain truths: one, that we recognize that if we were to retreat from the Middle East the enemy would not be content to remain where they are, but they would follow us here. We recognize that the best way to protect our homeland is to defeat an enemy overseas so we do not have to face them here on the streets of America. And we recognize that liberty is powerful, that liberty will yield the peace that we want for generations to come; that will recognize that this generation of Americans did the hard work now, so that future generations could live in security and peace.

And so on this beautiful morning we thank you for your steadfast resolve, we appreciate your support of those brave souls who have volunteered in the face of the danger. We ask for God's blessings on the families and our troop in harm's way. And we thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts. God bless you all. (Applause.)

END 9:15 A.M. EDT


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aar; bush; bush41; dcchapter; freepers; homefrontheroes; militaryfamilies; thankyou; walterreed
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Sorry to post and run again, but I'm off to meet with some of the Gold Star parents I went to Iraq with last November who are here in D.C. They were at the White House today and later went to Capitol Hill.
1 posted on 09/18/2007 4:00:24 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: BufordP
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Katie Benko sang the National Anthem at the White House today for us and the President.
2 posted on 09/18/2007 4:01:59 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

totally awesome - what a great payment for your dedication folks!


3 posted on 09/18/2007 4:02:36 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: kristinn

Yahoooooooooooo - go FREEPERS!!!!!


4 posted on 09/18/2007 4:02:44 PM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Ping to the boss.


5 posted on 09/18/2007 4:03:26 PM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: kristinn

This is just wonderful.


6 posted on 09/18/2007 4:03:34 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: kristinn

Thanks for the post Kristinn,
Was waiting for these pictrues, have some blue star Mothers from Vegas there who were at the breakfast, will save this for them.
A great bunch of gals, hopefully you met some of them.
God Bless and thanks for all you do.


7 posted on 09/18/2007 4:08:36 PM PDT by sweetiepiezer (Do not lick envelopes from China.........)
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To: kristinn

Well done. President Bush has always fulfilled the promise of returning honor and dignity to the White House and Oval Office. What a thrill to meet him!

G


8 posted on 09/18/2007 4:09:18 PM PDT by GRRRRR (The Libtards are spoiling for a big fight!)
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To: kristinn

I can hear much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the democrats,the old media,the moonbats,but,I repeat myself;)


9 posted on 09/18/2007 4:13:38 PM PDT by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served,to keep us free)
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To: kristinn

What a wonderful opportunity! Well done you guys.


10 posted on 09/18/2007 4:14:16 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: kristinn; All
AWESOME!!!!

Thanks to all of you for being there and representing, and great pictures, too!

11 posted on 09/18/2007 4:14:55 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (FRED!)
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To: kristinn

BEYOND AWESOME!


12 posted on 09/18/2007 4:17:00 PM PDT by DrDeb
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To: kristinn

Congratulations, Kristinn


13 posted on 09/18/2007 4:17:26 PM PDT by wastedyears (George Orwell was a clairvoyant.)
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To: kristinn

This post made my day! Is this for real? Yes, I checked the date. This is stupendous. Thank you Kristinn.


14 posted on 09/18/2007 4:19:15 PM PDT by tommix2
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To: kristinn

Very, very cool. Kudos to you and all the freepers who attended!!


15 posted on 09/18/2007 4:20:33 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: kristinn

Congratulations, you make us all proud. ..


16 posted on 09/18/2007 4:20:44 PM PDT by Tarpon
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To: kristinn

Great news.


17 posted on 09/18/2007 4:21:43 PM PDT by freekitty (May the eagles long fly over our beautiful and free American sky.)
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To: kristinn; Angelwood; tgslTakoma; trooprally; All; DC Chapter

Woo hoo!! Congratulations DC Chapter!! Great job!!


18 posted on 09/18/2007 4:23:25 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: kristinn

Great!


19 posted on 09/18/2007 4:23:36 PM PDT by lysie
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To: kristinn
Couldn’t happen to a finer bunch of folks. You guys are awesome.
20 posted on 09/18/2007 4:23:42 PM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: kristinn

Y’all suck. You slink off to the Whitehouse and leave Pop behind? No wonder I couldn’t raise Deborah on the cellphone! And doing it on the Whitehouse lawn? I’ll bet I’m the only one who has a degree in Horticulture on FR! No kiddin’.

I’ve narrowly missed two opportunities to meet the President. One was due to a change in schedule, the other was some sort of miscommunication (the Whitehouse called me, but never emailed me the info). Ah well. I get dressed up, but no one takes me anywhere. My Mom says I clean up well.


21 posted on 09/18/2007 4:27:10 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: kristinn

Outstanding!


22 posted on 09/18/2007 4:27:49 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: kristinn

You and the DC Chapter deserved every bit of today. How awesome this is! I am so happy for you all- your dedication, especially to the folks at Walter Reed every Friday night, should be recognized.

God bless you, everyone!


23 posted on 09/18/2007 4:27:57 PM PDT by exit82 (Major General, Armchair Warriors USA)
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To: 1 Olgoat; 103198; 10Ring; 11Bush; 1stbn27; 2ndClassCitizen; 2SterlingConservatives; 2yearlurker; ...

!


24 posted on 09/18/2007 4:28:07 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn
Bravo and well-earned!
25 posted on 09/18/2007 4:30:28 PM PDT by Shqipo (Anonymous Sedition is a helluva read....)
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To: kristinn

What great pictures! What a moving speech! Thanks for the great post.


26 posted on 09/18/2007 4:31:41 PM PDT by reportgirl73 (I wish I had a clever tagline....)
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To: kristinn
Good evening kristinn.

Outstanding report.

Thank you for sharing.

27 posted on 09/18/2007 4:31:54 PM PDT by Mrs.Nooseman (Proudly supporting our Troops and Allies!!!!)
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To: freema

Freema, Deborah was getting into trouble up in D.C., see? Graphic pictures and all. Shameless! It’s George Bush’s fault!


28 posted on 09/18/2007 4:32:44 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: kristinn
Wow, thanks again for all your hard work kristinn, I know the President loved meeting you all.
29 posted on 09/18/2007 4:34:47 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: kristinn
I still have my original Anglewood button from the Clinton freeps, when I was a Lurker.
30 posted on 09/18/2007 4:35:16 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: kristinn
Thank you, kristinn, with all my heart ................ FRegards
31 posted on 09/18/2007 4:36:10 PM PDT by gonzo (My Mother never understood the irony of calling me a 'son-of-a-bitch' ...)
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To: Little Bill
Angelwood, me dumb.
32 posted on 09/18/2007 4:36:57 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: kristinn; JustAmy; mtngrl@vrwc; gracie1; Mama_Bear; jkphoto; notpoliticallycorewrecked; ...

Ping. The DC Chapter goes to the White House, meets the President, VP and cabinet officers.


33 posted on 09/18/2007 4:37:52 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: tgslTakoma; trooprally; kristinn

How cool is that? I am so jealous.


34 posted on 09/18/2007 4:39:22 PM PDT by gate2wire
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To: kristinn; All

Well this deserves a HUGE BTTT to the DC Chapter - I am truly happy to hear such good news! Congrats, now I’m going back to read the After Report! :)


35 posted on 09/18/2007 4:39:23 PM PDT by Libertina
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Just thought of something... Wonder how this invitation will shake up Bill O’Reilly’s ignorant comment that our patriotic FR is a “hate group”? ROTFLOL


36 posted on 09/18/2007 4:41:20 PM PDT by Libertina
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To: kristinn

What an honor. Wish I was there!


37 posted on 09/18/2007 4:43:27 PM PDT by nevs911
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To: trooprally

What???No cigar?

38 posted on 09/18/2007 4:44:02 PM PDT by gate2wire
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To: kristinn

Fantastic report; DC Chapter, you’re the coolest!


39 posted on 09/18/2007 4:44:12 PM PDT by \/\/ayne (I regret that I have but one subscription cancellation notice to give to my local newspaper.)
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To: kristinn; StarCMC; Bethbg79; EsmeraldaA; MoJo2001; Kathy in Alaska; Brad's Gramma; laurenmarlowe; ..

Home Front Heroes from the D.C. Chapter at the White House.


40 posted on 09/18/2007 4:46:00 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: kristinn

WOW DUDE! Did they know how hard you worked for them?, Cause I sure know.....


41 posted on 09/18/2007 4:47:05 PM PDT by cmsgop (Hillary's Milkshake is better than Your's, She could teach you, but you would rather go blind.......)
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To: kristinn; Recovering Ex-hippie; Taxman; freema

Whoo-Hoo DC Chapter you guys ROCK!! Great story!


42 posted on 09/18/2007 4:47:54 PM PDT by Chieftain (RIP Texas Cowboy and Cheif Negotiator, we miss you.)
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To: kristinn

This is so AWESOME! Congratulations!


43 posted on 09/18/2007 4:48:14 PM PDT by pattty (Duncan Hunter 2008!)
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To: kristinn

Wow! That had to be really awesome.


44 posted on 09/18/2007 4:48:52 PM PDT by Spiff
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To: Libertina

LOL - Hey O’Reilly - FREEPERS got invited to meet the PRESIDENT!!!!! (In case you didn’t know it Bill - Freepers are patriotic!)


45 posted on 09/18/2007 4:49:04 PM PDT by Enterprise (Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!)
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To: kristinn

Wow! You guys and gals rock! We all would have loved to be there.

Congratulations.


46 posted on 09/18/2007 4:50:09 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Jim Robinson; kristinn; tgslTakoma; Angelwood; trooprally; DC Chapter

Just WOW! What a great morning! You all deserve it after the terrific work you do so tirelessly.

And our President recognizes what you are doing - as Leader he is asking you to keep on keeping on.


47 posted on 09/18/2007 4:50:48 PM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: kristinn

Kristinn et Al.....

I am so proud of you guys. I am very jealous of your great opportunity but know in my heart that the continuous effort made resulted in this great opportuity. I have not sustained that effort.

Good things do happen to super good people.


48 posted on 09/18/2007 4:50:53 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Hillary's color is yellow.....how appropriate)
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To: kristinn; tgslTakoma; trooprally; BufordP
the crowd erupted in to a loud, boisterous chant of "USA! USA! USA!" Yep, the Freeper table started it, LOL!

ROTFL--what else can we expect??? This is awesome folks and I'm so glad all y'all had this incredible opportunity! But I'm a bit sad that "Flat BufordP" doesn't seem to have been able to make it. . . :-(

49 posted on 09/18/2007 4:51:07 PM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: kristinn

oh my goodness, this is so sweet, so precious. I’ve often thought how wonderful it would be if you DC patriots could be, somehow, rewarded for your patriotic dedication to this country. I’m so thrilled to see these pictures, to see your faces. I hope you can feel how I’m savoring this glorious moment.

Thank you for all you do, bless you for being there. I treasure your friendship.


50 posted on 09/18/2007 4:51:39 PM PDT by YaYa123
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