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Essays to Mullings ( Inside President Bush's Visit to Washington Hospital Center)
Rich Galen's Mullings ^ | 9/26/01

Posted on 09/26/2001 6:46:03 AM PDT by Gumption County

(Rich Galen shares this letter written to him by a reader of Mullings...)

Rich,

This says a lot about Bush. I just received it from my brother. I thought you might appreciate it. It's sort of ironic for me to forward it to you since I'm usually forwarding your columns to him. :-)

Best wishes,
Jennifer Laycock

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Jenn
Thought you would like to hear a story about the President. I think it is very telling how people act when there are no cameras or reporters around. I am sure that the President did not expect this to be reported.

Rob

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Howdy.

The article was written for OCF (Officer Christian Fellowship) about the President's visit to one of the military officers injured during the Pentagon attack.

Subject: Pentagon Update/Vignette

I just came from an informal, outdoor memorial service that MG Van Antwerp gave for the two ladies from ACSIM that were lost last week. It was quite moving. The families were there and it was clear that this meant a lot to them. The General has a sincere way of sharing his own faith that helps lift everyone's spirits.

What I wanted to share, however, was a vignette General Van related about the President and the general's executive officer who was badly burned over 50% of his body. General Van said that the President visited LTC Brian Birdwell at Washington Hospital Center. He spent time talking with Brian. He prayed with Brian. And then as he was getting ready to leave, he went to the foot Brian's bed and saluted Brian.

The President then held that salute as Brian, with burned and bandaged arms, ever so slowly returned the salute.

It wasn't hard to picture the scene in my mind, and I think it says a lot about our Commander-in-Chief.


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Amen.
1 posted on 09/26/2001 6:46:03 AM PDT by Gumption County
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To: Gumption County
bttt
2 posted on 09/26/2001 6:49:46 AM PDT by Gumption County
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To: Gumption County
Thanks. GC. That story brought tears to my eyes.
3 posted on 09/26/2001 6:52:11 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Gumption County
Salute bump
4 posted on 09/26/2001 6:52:17 AM PDT by homegroan
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To: Miss Marple, rintense
FY reading pleasure...
5 posted on 09/26/2001 6:53:39 AM PDT by Gumption County
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To: Gumption County
Thank you for flagging me. I will link this to some other threads.

Character is what one does when no one is watching.

6 posted on 09/26/2001 7:08:59 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple
Thanks for calling me over here, MM. This is great.
7 posted on 09/26/2001 7:53:10 AM PDT by CheneyChick
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To: Gumption County
Thank-you for posting this. What a wonderful President we have.
8 posted on 09/26/2001 7:54:20 AM PDT by WIMom
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To: Miss Marple
Amazing. A president who doesn't insist on getting his mug in front of video cameras to show the world his "good deeds!" President Bush talked with the wounded man, prayed with him and saluted him - all without first ensuring that pictures would be prominently spashed all over CNN. Thank God for this man.
9 posted on 09/26/2001 7:55:40 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Miss Marple
Good idea. I noticed that Laura's eyes were very red as they left the hospital.
10 posted on 09/26/2001 7:56:27 AM PDT by SmartBlonde
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To: Miss Marple
God bless President Bush and protect him. Thanks Miss Marple.
11 posted on 09/26/2001 8:03:53 AM PDT by swheats
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To: Miss Marple
Thank you for bringing people over to read this telling and inspirational article...

You have a large and loyal "following"...

8^)

12 posted on 09/26/2001 8:10:55 AM PDT by Gumption County
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To: Gumption County, ohioWfan, mtngrl@vrwc
I just bawled off all of my freshly-applied mascara!! ;-) I think I can't admire the president anymore and then he goes and does something like this--he's amazing!! he has such a way with people- knowing exactly what they need.
13 posted on 09/26/2001 8:39:48 AM PDT by lawgirl
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To: Gumption County
What a beautiful action from this really good man. Thank you for posting this account. I shall add it to my lasting memeories of him.
14 posted on 09/26/2001 10:23:58 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: Gumption County, lawgirl, Miss Marple, marylina, GretchenEE, kayak, faith, mtngrl@vrwc, JulieRNR21
Rush shared this story with deep admiration today, and I wept as I heard it. I agree with you, lawgirl. Just when you think you can't admire him any more than you do, you find out that he's even more admirable than you previously thought!

I have said this a thousand times about this President, but I THANK GOD that he called
George W. Bush to lead this country through this dark hour!

15 posted on 09/26/2001 12:27:50 PM PDT by ohioWfan
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To: ohioWfan
I also heard Rush talk about this story this afternoon. A caller added that for the President, the Commander in Chief, the highest ranking officer to initiate the salute was a sign of our President according high honor to LTC Birdwell as usually lower ranking initiates the salute.

I thank God every day that we have decent, honorable, disciplined and dedicated President George W. Bush!

16 posted on 09/26/2001 12:59:48 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: Gumption County
Thanks for posting this - I heard Rush read it. It's the kind of thing I'll bet our President does all the time.

He bends his knee to the Lord, and is not too proud to show honor to a brave wounded officer.

17 posted on 09/26/2001 1:12:17 PM PDT by mombonn
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To: JulieRNR21
I love this man. The first time I watched him speak during the campaign I saw the goodness in him. I've always held that the mirror to the soul is in the eyes. And if you've noticed you can see all his emotions in his eyes. It is apparent he grew up with the reflection of his parents love. Again, my eyes are welling up with pride in this man our President.
18 posted on 09/26/2001 1:26:13 PM PDT by Patriotic Bostonian
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To: Patriotic Bostonian
Yes....he has a special goodness that shines through his eyes. Unfortunately, I've never seen him in person but I have some gorgeous pictures of him & Laura taken by a friend who got very close to them during the campaign.

I love him too.

19 posted on 09/26/2001 1:47:37 PM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: JulieRNR21
OH! I hadn't even thought about the fact that the lower rank person salutes first...**sniff sniff**
20 posted on 09/26/2001 1:56:08 PM PDT by lawgirl
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To: Gumption County
Thanks. This story made my day. BTTT
21 posted on 09/26/2001 2:20:56 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: Gumption County
BTTT.

I imagine God speaking saying "In that day I will raise up my servant, George W. Bush....."

I am grateful for him too.

22 posted on 09/26/2001 3:13:26 PM PDT by Josephine
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To: Gumption County
Beautiful story! Not unexpected - now. Our President is simply a great man.

Hope many many see/hear about this story though. The mainstream media won't relay it. Or, if they do, I will be very very surprised.

23 posted on 09/26/2001 4:19:25 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: ohioWfan
thank you for flagging me to this thread!
24 posted on 09/26/2001 4:42:28 PM PDT by GretchenEE
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To: ohioWfan
Dittos.
25 posted on 09/26/2001 5:04:07 PM PDT by LiberteeBell
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To: Gumption County
The only time a higher ranking officer salutes you is when you're dead. Unless your Commander in Chief is George W. Bush. What class this man has! He just showed a lot of respect for an injured warrior. Reminds me of the scene in the movie when Patton knelt and kissed the forehead of a wounded soldier.
26 posted on 09/26/2001 5:17:53 PM PDT by Terry Mross
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To: ohioWfan
Thanks so much for the flag, ohio. This is a very moving story. He is such a humble man, and everyone he meets is touched by him.
27 posted on 09/26/2001 6:48:49 PM PDT by marylina
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To: Gumption County
I'll bet this lovely and touching event was only one of many, but we will never hear about the others, because President Bush does not have to brag, flaunt his good deeds, or have the media fawning over him to record his every move. God bless our Prez!
28 posted on 09/26/2001 7:05:43 PM PDT by Nea Wood
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To: Nea Wood
When President Bush (then Governor Bush) in a primary debate cited Jesus Christ as his favorite "philosopher", I knew he was someone special.

The media thought it was a pander to religious voters, but I knew that in incuring the wrath of the media for little gain (he was the front runner, surely not a place in the race that called for taking risks) he was demonstrating great courage and authenticity.

The good man simply could not contain himself - he just had to share his love of Christ with all that were listening.

(As an aside - I never enjoyed Candidate Bush more than when he was talking about education and not leaving one child behind. The love really flowed through him. You knew he meant it.)

29 posted on 09/26/2001 7:58:04 PM PDT by Gumption County
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