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Statement by President Bush (on loss of space shuttle Columbia)
Spaceflight Now ^

Posted on 02/01/2003 11:54:37 AM PST by McGruff

My fellow Americans, this day has brought terrible news and great sadness to our country. At 9:00 a.m. this morning, Mission Control in Houston lost contact with our Space Shuttle Columbia. A short time later, debris was seen falling from the skies above Texas. The Columbia is lost; there are no survivors.

On board was a crew of seven: Colonel Rick Husband; Lt. Colonel Michael Anderson; Commander Laurel Clark; Captain David Brown; Commander William McCool; Dr. Kalpana Chawla; and Ilan Ramon, a Colonel in the Israeli Air Force. These men and women assumed great risk in the service to all humanity.

In an age when space flight has come to seem almost routine, it is easy to overlook the dangers of travel by rocket, and the difficulties of navigating the fierce outer atmosphere of the Earth. These astronauts knew the dangers, and they faced them willingly, knowing they had a high and noble purpose in life. Because of their courage and daring and idealism, we will miss them all the more.

All Americans today are thinking, as well, of the families of these men and women who have been given this sudden shock and grief. You're not alone. Our entire nation grieves with you. And those you loved will always have the respect and gratitude of this country.

The cause in which they died will continue. Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on.

In the skies today we saw destruction and tragedy. Yet farther than we can see there is comfort and hope. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "Lift your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing."

The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home.

May God bless the grieving families, and may God continue to bless America.


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; columbiatragedy; feb12003; nasa; spaceshuttle; sts107
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1 posted on 02/01/2003 11:54:37 AM PST by McGruff
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2 posted on 02/01/2003 11:57:53 AM PST by McGruff (The shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home.)
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To: McGruff
In case anyone wants to print an STS-107 shuttle patch for prosperity -->CLICK
3 posted on 02/01/2003 12:02:17 PM PST by red-dawg (29 deg. , 35.338 min. N ; 98 deg. , 22.966 min. W.)
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To: McGruff
Gonna be tough for and PHC to do their annual joke show tonight.
4 posted on 02/01/2003 12:03:54 PM PST by billorites
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To: billorites
What I meant to say is that it will be difficult for Garrison Kiellor and Prarie Home Companion to do their annual joke show tonight.
5 posted on 02/01/2003 12:04:52 PM PST by billorites
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To: McGruff
Bump
6 posted on 02/01/2003 12:04:54 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tag Line Service Center: Get your Tag Lines Here! Wholesale! (Cheaper by the Dozen!) Inquire Within)
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To: McGruff
Screw those a$$holes at DU. It was a wonderful speech.
7 posted on 02/01/2003 12:05:44 PM PST by Xenalyte
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To: McGruff
Thanks for the post and the pic.

What our President said, and how he said it, was very moving.

I thank the Lord for him.

8 posted on 02/01/2003 12:05:53 PM PST by jwfiv
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To: McGruff; All
In honor of the Columbia astronauts, would someone please post the official NASA picture of them, on this and every thread about this tragedy? Their faces deserve to be remembered. Thanks...
10 posted on 02/01/2003 12:11:15 PM PST by FBD (May God be with the families of "Columbia")
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To: Dark Templar; OliveBranch
They're all het up because it took five hours for him to show up. I mean, really. If he'd spoken immediately, they would have crucified him for speaking prematurely.

And even worse . . . one thread over there says that Dubya's sedated or tranquilized. The poster claims to be able to tell from his pupils and the speed of his blinks that he's on Valium.

Ill-bred vultures.

Except for OliveBranch, of course, who has demonstrated pure class and sensitivity today.
11 posted on 02/01/2003 12:12:27 PM PST by Xenalyte
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To: Xenalyte
He was having trouble holding back the tears when he stepped away from the microphone.
12 posted on 02/01/2003 12:15:54 PM PST by lady lawyer
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To: jwfiv
I second that emotion. Those words of faith came from his own heart.

We scarce deserve such a man as our President.
14 posted on 02/01/2003 12:18:46 PM PST by exit82
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To: McGruff
"The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home." - President George W Bush, 1 February 2003

Once again President Bush is called upon to provide comfort to a shocked and saddened nation. May God Bless America and our President.

16 posted on 02/01/2003 12:21:09 PM PST by Darlin' (May God Bless and comfort the families and friends of all onboard)
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To: McGruff
A beautiful speech. My wife, who listens to our liberal friends and is not a great Bush admirer, thought so too. And she commented with approval that it's been a long time since a U.S. president openly spoke about God like that.
17 posted on 02/01/2003 12:22:17 PM PST by Cicero
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To: Darlin'
For a guy who's supposed to be such an illiterate and inarticulate dunce, he sure comes up with some of the most beautiful and poignant words.
18 posted on 02/01/2003 12:24:53 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (The LMDC can go to hell)
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19 posted on 02/01/2003 12:25:29 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: McGruff
Thanks so much for posting the President's words. I have been waiting for someone to post them. His quoting of the scripture from Isaiah really touched me. I was holding it together up until then. Really lost it after that. Such a sad time....
20 posted on 02/01/2003 12:26:20 PM PST by TXLady
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To: exit82
You are absolutely correct. For a nation like this, with all its problems, with all of its brutishness and sin, to have a person like this with his integrity, decency, and spiritual sensitivity, is an indication of God's rich mercy to our people. God bless President Bush, and God bless the families of our lost heroes.
21 posted on 02/01/2003 12:28:58 PM PST by My2Cents ("...The bombing begins in 5 minutes.")
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To: McGruff
What's next (and you know it's coming) is someone like, say, oh, Peter Jennings or Dan Rather or Matty Lauer or the Perky One making a point of letting us know that the first shuttle disaster occurred during the Reagan (read: Republican) administration and this one today during the Bush (read: really evil, war-mongering, fascist, far-right wing) administration.

 

22 posted on 02/01/2003 12:29:41 PM PST by Fintan (Flintstone vitamins lead to conservatism.)
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To: McGruff
The cause in which they died will continue.

Ad astera per aspera...

23 posted on 02/01/2003 12:35:26 PM PST by eclectic
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To: NYC GOP Chick
"For a guy who's supposed to be such an illiterate and inarticulate dunce, he sure comes up with some of the most beautiful and poignant words."

Yes, he does and you know every word he speaks is genuinly heartfelt. I feel certain that it was the President who added the part about the Creator.

24 posted on 02/01/2003 12:39:12 PM PST by Darlin' (May God Bless and comfort the families and friends of all onboard)
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To: McGruff
A very moving speech from the President and how tactful of him to quote from the Old Testament.

God bless him and all who mourn the seven souls lost today.

25 posted on 02/01/2003 12:39:13 PM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: Churchillspirit
Everybody dies. They became shooting stars. Very sad.
26 posted on 02/01/2003 12:40:31 PM PST by calljack
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To: Darlin'
Whenever he speaks of God and other religious stuff, I know it's from his heart.
27 posted on 02/01/2003 12:42:33 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (The LMDC can go to hell)
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To: McGruff
I was in shock until I saw President Bush and then I just wanted to bawl. You could tell he was very sad---he sounded completely heartbroken. His speech was very soothing and I am so glad that he is president at this time. He is such a good "mourner in chief" at times like these- unlike his predecessor. I really hate to have this happen in his presidency.
28 posted on 02/01/2003 12:48:35 PM PST by lawgirl (FREEP Congress--we need Bush's judicial nominees approved!)
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To: McGruff
Amen. Thanks for posting this transcript.
29 posted on 02/01/2003 12:50:49 PM PST by NonValueAdded (... yet we can pray that all are safely home)
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To: red-dawg
Thank you for posting that copy of the shuttle patch. I'm going to display it proudly, along with the photo of the crew.

God rest their braves souls...

31 posted on 02/01/2003 12:54:14 PM PST by dittomom
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To: Fintan
I believe that the priorities of the previous administration UNDERFUNDED the necessary technology for our Space Defence and specifically the technology needs at NASA.

This tragedy is just like 9-11 in that aspect.

The holes that the clintongs created with their evil socialist programs... are showing up EVERY TIME we have a national tragedy.

Bush could not even have asked for more money for NASA and Technology without facing a bunch of CRAP from the DEMS... until about 3 weeks ago... when the dems tried to keep us from even forming a new operating resolution... in the senate.

DEATH is the pricetag that we pay and which is coming due as a result of liberalism, electing democrats in general, and Bill and Hillary Clinton- Tom Dasshole and the like, specifically.

liberalism kills.

32 posted on 02/01/2003 1:00:35 PM PST by Robert_Paulson2 (clintonsgotusbytheballs?)
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To: Xenalyte
I shudder to think of Billzebubba fielding an event like this, rushing through some pap his handlers wrote for him as quickly as possible so he could get back to his intern.
33 posted on 02/01/2003 1:00:45 PM PST by steve-b
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While my first thoughts were for the crew and their families, a thought shortly after was how GW was going to handle it. I said a short prayer for him, because everyone--and I mean everyone--who was around for the last time this happened would compare his statements to those of Reagan. That was a tough act to follow.

I think the President did fine.
34 posted on 02/01/2003 1:03:26 PM PST by Vermont Lt
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To: onebox
He certainly has seen his share of tragedy as President during these 2 years-that's for sure.
36 posted on 02/01/2003 1:21:31 PM PST by MasonGal
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To: MasonGal
He certainly has seen his share of tragedy as President during these 2 years-that's for sure.

Thanks to all the piles of RAT dung the Raping Rhodes Scholar left behind. From terrorism to the economy, X42 knowingly placed the future of 280 million people in peril in exchange for satisfaction of his gluttonous lust for power and sexual gratification.

37 posted on 02/01/2003 1:38:58 PM PST by DaBroasta (Demand That Helen Thomas Wear a Burqa)
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To: Xenalyte
That's why earlier today I enjoyed driving ahead of and honking at someone in a bigger SUV who had "IMPEACH BUSH" and "HAIL TO THE THIEF" stickers on his car. After hearing GWB on the radio, I had to make the guy see clearly my "BUSH 2004 - Leadership Integrity Morality" and especially the "Dont Mess with Texas" sticker on my SUV! Anyone who still has stickers as that guy did, and who still questions the leadership of this President is hopeless. A liberal talk show host on LA's KFI said that while he disagrees with GWB's policies, he was impressed by the President's genuine emotion on TV today.
38 posted on 02/01/2003 1:40:35 PM PST by Moonmad27 ("I am not a number...")
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To: jwfiv
My sentaments exactly.



39 posted on 02/01/2003 1:46:08 PM PST by jos65
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To: Darlin'
"Once again President Bush is called upon to provide comfort to a shocked and saddened nation."

Make that two shocked and saddened nations. His choice of scripture was from the Old Testament. A thoughtful message that both the U.S. and Israel can be comforted by. A class act, our President.

40 posted on 02/01/2003 1:47:06 PM PST by CarolAnn
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To: McGruff; All
Video and Audio now up at the White House web page here
41 posted on 02/01/2003 1:48:26 PM PST by NonValueAdded (... yet we can pray that all are safely home)
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To: McGruff
"The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home.

I cried when he said this. I thought it was beautiful.
42 posted on 02/01/2003 1:59:27 PM PST by dixierose (American by birth, Southern by the grace of God)
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To: CarolAnn
Yes, indeed, and thank you for reminding me. With God's blessing both nations will be strengthened by this terrible tragedy.
"Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are --
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." -Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Ulysses

43 posted on 02/01/2003 2:09:06 PM PST by Darlin' (May God Bless and comfort the families and friends of all onboard)
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To: McGruff
President Bush anticipating confrontation w/ Iraq, did a GREAT job 2d in his speech with the focus on Columbia & Crew
44 posted on 02/01/2003 2:47:51 PM PST by aquaEm~
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To: Xenalyte
Screw those a$$holes at DU. It was a wonderful speech.

OMG..WHAT did they find to ridicule about the President's statement?

Was his comfort too much for them? ~ Or did the President's faith upset them?

45 posted on 02/01/2003 2:50:13 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia (May God bless President Bush and our troops)
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To: Right_in_Virginia
OMG..WHAT did they find to ridicule about the President's statement? Was his comfort too much for them? ~ Or did the President's faith upset them?

Let's see here . . .

"He can't keep his superstitious, mindless religious belief system to himself? He has to shove our face into it at every possible moment? He can't keep his mouth shut?"

"He had an almost panicked look on his face. Real shook up. I'll bet he didn't figure on all of this tough stuff when he schemed his way into the white house."

"Expression were so tranqilized, but I got right up to my 31 inch screen and his pupils were dialated to the size of dimes and he was blinking his eyes so rapidly that I thought he was going to lift off...."

"They use Ritalin on him . . . they sneak it into his JD."

"I just can't stomach seeing video images of him, stills are bad enough - but I can't imagine someone so cold and so self-absorbed crying about anything, except perhaps at having to curb his alcohol intake while in public. Speaking of which, I imagine he'll return to Camp David tonight to really tie one on. He had a rough day, having his holiday disturbed and such."

"I got up within 2 feet of a 31 inch television to see his eyes and there was not even a liquid glaze on the surface of his eye, All there was were pupils with a thin line of iris around it. He was blinkining so frantically that nay tears would have been running all over his face if he had been teary eyed. The blinking was the kind caused by extremely dry eyes from medication, or contact lenses. "

"I think that the preaching and Biblical quotations were just another way to pander to the religious right. He didn't look like he meant what he said, or was even aware of what he was saying."

"Just bizarre, which seems par for the course with this incredible imbecile."

"It was so rehearsed and so dead, no human response at all. The extensive biblical quote was quite offensive to me. He sounded more like a preacher than a president."

"I actually felt moved when I heard Reagan after the Challenger blew up, but this was bland, banal, and emotionless."
46 posted on 02/01/2003 3:02:57 PM PST by Xenalyte
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To: Right_in_Virginia
BTW, those are unedited.
47 posted on 02/01/2003 3:04:30 PM PST by Xenalyte
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To: Xenalyte
anddd...if GW didn't speak to t/ tragedy..they'd still have complaints
48 posted on 02/01/2003 3:11:49 PM PST by aquaEm~
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To: billorites
What I meant to say is that it will be difficult for Garrison Kiellor and Prarie Home Companion to do their annual joke show tonight.

You think Garrison Keillor has anything but contempt for those astronauts? The joke show is taking place right now as scheduled.

49 posted on 02/01/2003 3:12:40 PM PST by Timesink (I offered her a ring, she gave me the finger)
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To: aquaEm~
anddd...if GW didn't speak to t/ tragedy..they'd still have complaints

Oh, they were all hot and bothered that it took him five hours to speak. Many maintained that if Big Billy were still president, he'd have stopped what he was doing to offer our nation's condolences.
50 posted on 02/01/2003 3:14:58 PM PST by Xenalyte
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