A Day In The Life, A Moment, And Getting Yelled At By A Mom *Open Thread*

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I know this isn’t the weekend yet, and there are lots of stories of note this week. But frankly, all of the turmoil this week – from the continued unveiling of Clinton Scandals to Lynch’s confirmation, and on and on, is making me a little cranky. But feel free to discuss those in the Comments below.

Dana PerinoMy good buddy (teehee!), Dana Perino, has a new book out, “And The Good News Is…Lessons and Advice From The Bright Side” I pre-ordered my copy and am anxiously awaiting it. Thanks to that pre-order, I have already been able to read a bonus chapter about her beautiful dog, Jasper (he is even more beautiful in person than he is on tv, I might add). (Photo: Charleston Animal Society)

Thankfully, Perino is sharing some of her stories now, including a very powerful one from The Daily Signal, “Why George W. Bush Let a Soldier’s Mom Yell at Him.”

You all know that I was absolutely not a fan of George Bush when he was in office. Of course, now cluing in to how the MSM controls the message, I realize he was not as bad as I thought he was. Not that I agreed with all of his choices, including going to war in Iraq, but many Democrats DID vote for it, including Hillary.

To digress for a moment, I heard a Democrat apologist on Fox News a few nights ago make the claim that Obama did NOT vote for the Iraq War. Of COURSE he didn’t – he wasn’t in the US SENATE then! Wow, amazing the BS these people have made their truth.). So, yeah, I have had to revise my opinion of Bush some, and accept that even though he was not my cup of tea, he loved, and loves, this country in a way our current Commander in Chief does not appear to do.

Which leads me to the piece Perino had in the Daily Signal. Now, I will warn you, I literally had tears in my eyes as I finished reading this, so forewarned is forearmed:

[…] He regularly visited patients at Walter Reed military hospital near the White House. These stops were unannounced because of security concerns and hassles for the hospital staff that come with a full blown presidential visit.

We started in the intensive care unit. The Chief Naval Officer (CNO) briefed the president on our way into the hospital about the first patient we’d see. He was a young Marine who had been injured when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb. After his rescue, he was flown to Landstuhl U.S. Air Force Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany. At his bedside were his parents, wife, and five-year-old son.

[…]

After he visited with them for a bit, the president turned to the military aide and said, “Okay, let’s do the presentation.” The wounded soldier was being awarded the Purple Heart, given to troops that suffer wounds in combat.

Everyone stood silently while the military aide in a low and steady voice presented the award. At the end of it, the Marine’s little boy tugged on the president’s jacket and asked, “What’s a Purple Heart?”

The president got down on one knee and pulled the little boy closer to him. He said, “It’s an award for your dad, because he is very brave and courageous, and because he loves his country so much. And I hope you know how much he loves you and your mom, too.”

If that was where the visit ended, that would have been enough. But you know that isn’t all there is to this story:

As he hugged the boy, there was a commotion from the medical staff as they moved toward the bed.

The Marine had just opened his eyes. I could see him from where I stood.

The CNO held the medical team back and said, “Hold on, guys. I think he wants the president.”

The president jumped up and rushed over to the side of the bed. He cupped the Marine’s face in his hands. They locked eyes, and after a couple of moments the president, without breaking eye contact, said to the military aide, “Read it again.”

So we stood silently as the military aide presented the Marine with the award for a second time. The president had tears dripping from his eyes onto the Marine’s face. As the presentation ended, the president rested his forehead on the Marine’s for a moment.

Perino followed up on that Marine to see how he did. Sadly, he passed away not a week after President Bush was there.

Most families and wounded warriors were delighted to see President Bush there. But as the title of the article and this post would indicate, not everyone was happy to see Bush:

[…] But there were exceptions. One mom and dad of a dying soldier from the Caribbean were devastated, the mom beside herself with grief. She yelled at the president, wanting to know why it was her child and not his who lay in that hospital bed.

Her husband tried to calm her and I noticed the president wasn’t in a hurry to leave—he tried offering comfort but then just stood and took it, like he expected and needed to hear the anguish, to try to soak up some of her suffering if he could.

Later as we rode back on Marine One to the White House, no one spoke.

But as the helicopter took off, the president looked at me and said, “That mama sure was mad at me.” Then he turned to look out the window of the helicopter. “And I don’t blame her a bit.”

One tear slipped out the side of his eye and down his face. He didn’t wipe it away, and we flew back to the White House. (Click here to read the rest of this powerful piece.)

Reading the entire story, from beginning to end, paints such a different picture of this man I used to hate. Perino noted at the outset that there was no media at these events because of the invasiveness for these injured warriors and their families. The number of patients he saw in one day – 25 – was a lot. Take it from someone who was a hospital chaplain. That is a lot of people, a lot of emotion, to take on in one day.

What Perino’s story reveals about Bush is a depth of compassion, love, and comfort for others the media, and certainly the DNC, tried to conceal. Regardless, those who experienced it firsthand knew the truth, and now, so do we. I admit, I am seeing Bush in a whole new light now. How about you?

This is an Open Thread.

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42 Responses to “A Day In The Life, A Moment, And Getting Yelled At By A Mom *Open Thread*”

  1. HELENK3 Says:

    Being a dem at the time he was in office, I totally disliked him. The msm did nothing to change my opinion.
    since he left office, I now see a picture of a genuinely caring man who really loves his country.
    I still do not agree with his decision to go into Iraq, but now I willing to understand that he had info that we did not.

    Seeing the difference between Bush and backtrack as men is a real eye opener.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Exactly, Helen – seeing the two men side by side, there really is no comparison. It seems clear that, even if we didn’t like or agree with Bush’s actions (and again, PLENTY of Dems signed off on the war in Iraq as I noted in the post), he genuinely loves this country, AND our military. That is not something I have seen a lot of from Obama, not by a long shot.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      We can now see that there was much more to George W. Bush than we knew. I still think he was wrong to invade Iraq and if he hadn’t made the mistake of having Cheney as his VP perhaps he wouldn’t have done that. Who knows.

      We’ve learned since the days that we were Dems that you cannot trust the media and so we are now able to see many of their deceptions as we couldn’t/wouldn’t/didn’t back then.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Well said, Marge. Yes, we have learned a whole lot since then, seen the underbelly of the MSM in ways that still astound me, especially since they continue in their duplicitous ways.

        You know, I always thought claims by Reps that there was a liberal bias in the media was a bunch of hooey. But then I took off those ideological rose-colored glasses, and what I saw wasn’t pretty, not one bit…

        Thankfully, there are a few out there who are decent and good (liek Attkisson), but sadly, their numbers are few and far between, it seems…

  2. HELENK3 Says:

    A Friday getaway

    http://www.space.com/29197-hubble-space-telescope-25th-birthday-photo.html

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Isn’t it amazing that the Hubble is STILL transmitting? It is just incredible, and these images are just magical. Thank you!

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    More proof that Obama’s “word” is worth nothing.

    Obama Breaks Promise on 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide

    When he was running for office in 2008 Obama professed his:

    firmly held conviction that the Armenian Genocide is not an allegation, a personal opinion, or a point of view, but rather a widely documented fact supported by an overwhelming body of historical evidence. The facts are undeniable…. [A]s President I will recognize the Armenian Genocide…. America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian Genocide and responds forcefully to all genocides. I intend to be that president.”

    Since taking office, Obama has refused to stand by his word. On Tuesday, April 21, the White House announced that it would again, for the seventh year since Obama’s pledge, not use the word “genocide,” disappointing many human rights activists.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/2015/raymond-ibrahim/obama-breaks-promise-on-100th-anniversary-of-armenian-genocide/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      No surprise – there is even a cartoon for his b.s.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What in the hell is wrong with him?? Why does he REFUSE to acknowledge realities like this? Does he think people don’t see through him?

      I am literally SMH at this nonsense of his…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    NYT Reporter: Clinton Officials Lied About a Meeting Taking Place, Unaware of Photo Evidence

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Can you believe that? What am I saying, I am sure you can.

      When I heard this, I assumed the Clintons would then say, “Oh, wait, you meant THAT meeting? Yeah, sure, that one happened. I thought you were talking about some other back room deal that absolutely didn’t happen…”

      And yet, the Dems will continue to support her no matter what. I reckon it will take Hillary actually being thrown in jail before people would realize maybe she wasn’t a good choice. But even then, no doubt some hardliners would still vote for her convinced it was just the Right Wing attack machine that did that to her.

      Ugh.

  5. HELENK3 Says:

    since hearing about bill and hillary and the uranium deal and Russia, I keep thinking about these people. where is the difference?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_and_Ethel_Rosenberg

  6. HELENK3 Says:

    a short break for an lesson in new english

    http://expandedconsciousness.com/2015/04/20/urban-dictionary-words-portmanteau/

  7. kinthenorthwest Says:

    OK Amy You need to warn Us all…Wow …That was so powerfully beautiful.
    I like you thought GW was the —————President ever…H3LL I counted the days and probably the minutes until we would be rid of him.
    I have come to really admire GW, Especially his HONEST PATRIOTIC LOVE for America and Americans.(Capitalized on purpose). Laura and George are the real thing, not some phony. GW was not afraid of having the buck stop at his desk, regardless of what the reason for the buck was.
    I heard that another reason GW and even his wife visited like that was so that there would not be all the press..GW and Laura did many many visits to the VA Hospitals and other military facilities unknown to the general public during his two terms.(I hear they still do many that we do not know about ).
    Again thanks for the story.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Hey! I warned you! I said I got tears in my eyes reading Dana’s piece (btw – did you notice her high heels? You know how tall I am – now you know how short she is! Teehee!).

      I have to say, I have had to have a change of attitude abt Bush. I have learned a lot abt him AND Laura since Bush left office. I had NO idea how much work Laura AND George have done on behalf of women and Afghanistan until just a few yrs ago.

      But there is no doubt that both of them love our military and will continue to support them, both active and veterans…

      • kinthenorthwest Says:

        Dang she is a shorty tee hee…(maybe shorter than my baby who is 4’11” in Shoes). Boy Looking back at the picture Suzi looks really Tall LOL… 😉
        Every time they criticize GW’s reaction to 9/11 with the children in front, I want to scream. Anyone with brains understands that GW was trying to protect the children’s emotions as much as he could.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          LOL – I know, right? She is so nice in person, and FUNNY, too. She is just like she seems to be on tv.

          Exactly. I was one of those people once. Now I understand he was trying not to freak out those poor little kids by telling them the nation was under attack -buh bye! Yeah – he did what he did for a reason…

  8. HELENK3 Says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/239983-white-house-mulls-fusion-cell-group-for-hostage-families

    took long enough

  9. HELENK3 Says:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2015/04/22/dont-miss-fox-news-tangled-clinton-web-friday-10p-et

    sneak peek at news special to air tonight at 10

  10. HELENK3 Says:

    not sure if this will show

    https://scontent-mia.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/11162520_10155478973450203_1761893153767321284_n.jpg?oh=85400ea33bbf3be77d947e4fe6530af7&oe=559DCBD4

  11. HELENK3 Says:

    University of Florida suspends fraternity after members allegedly spat at, insulted veterans – @ERINDREWKENT
    see original on twitter.com

    good

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      GOOD – they should be suspended. That was APPALLING the behavior those young punks demonstrated toward wounded warriors and the even their service animals. Just abhorrent the lack of respect and regard for those who put their lives on the line for those morons to urinate off balconies at these veterans, urinate on the Flag, throw things at them, spit at them, and on and on.

      The veterans, of course, did not respond in kind because they are decent human beings. These punks are not…

  12. HELENK3 Says:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/240007-goodbye-doj-eric-holder-is-free

    everyone break into a chorus of “Hit the Road Jack”

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Okay, I usually try not to go after the First Ladies, but Michelle made a number of gaffes in ONE speech/Q&A. WOW: http://www.westernjournalism.com/michelle-obama-freezes-when-asked-a-question-every-married-woman-should-be-able-to-answer/

  14. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/alert-white-house-teams-up-with-soros-for-disturbing-2016-plan-spread-this-everywhere/

    this does not look good

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No, it most definitely does not. This is why the Dems focused so much on the Koch Brothers – so no one would be looking at what THEY were doing…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Just another example of the fact that if Dems didn’t have double standards they would have no standards at all. Billionaire Liberals like Soros and Steyner helping Dems is just dandy. But “conservatives” like the Koch Brothers are evil for doing the same thing on the right.

        I am so tired of the sheer hypocrisy of the left!

  15. HELENK3 Says:

    http://soopermexican.com/2015/04/24/iraq-war-veteran-marine-posts-awesome-response-to-despicable-frat-that-insulted-wounded-warriors/

    awesome response to the snot nosed brats that insulted our vets

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just for Foxy

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

    Jonah Goldberg on the Clinton Industrial Complex

    Clinton Restoration Could Be in Jeopardy

    By now, you may have heard about Peter Schweizer’s book, “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich.”

    The book isn’t even out yet, and Clinton’s team is already sheltering in place like Churchill’s cabinet during the Blitz. That’s in part because Schweizer, a conservative author and dogged investigative journalist, has teamed up with notorious right-wing rags The New York Times and The Washington Post to essentially re-report and expand on allegations made in the book.

    Because it would be absurd to claim that these papers are part of the “vast right-wing conspiracy” — which won’t stop flacks from saying it — they are much better equipped to drop the payload over the target.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2015/04/24/clinton-restoration-could-be-in-jeopardy-n1989684/page/full

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Love him. And yeah, it IS absurd to claim that the NY Times and WaPo are conservative, but as Greg Gutfeld said the other day, Media Matters is claiming they are in “cahoots” with Fox News. Yeah. Right. Just to demonstrate the lengths to which the Clinton Machine will go to weasel out of things.

      HOW did I support her so much just 7 – 8 yrs ago?!?!!?!

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary believes “you” have to change “your” religious beliefs to accommodate abortion. Do you really think that will fly Hillary?

    How long before she’s explaining what she “really” meant by that remark? Or sending Chelsea out to explain.

    Hillary Clinton on expanding access to abortion: ‘Religious beliefs … have to be changed’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj1T1gP4Q9M&feature=player_

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I was stunned when I read an article abt this at Daily Caller yesterday. I had to re-read it to see that what I thought I was seeing was what I was seeing.

      This speaks VOLUMES, doesn’t it? And you know she is not talking abt MUSLIMS, but CHRISTIANS here. What the hell??

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I think that politicians sometimes forget when they are speaking to “their” people that there are a lot of people who haven’t drunk the Kool Aid and never will. Thus they something the base, who’s religion is abortion, believes and then find themselves in trouble with the rest, the majority of Americans.

        The fact that she would even say this is repulsive.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I think you are absolutely right, Marge. They do forget that these things are recorded and covered. Sometimes, they actually make the light of day.

          And no doubt this is repulsive. Even when I was a hard core Dem, I thought abortions should be “safe, legal, and rare,” as Clinton used to say, and then, as early as possible. Now that more and more is known scientifically abt the development of fetuses, it is harder to support even that. But this 20 week thing is obscene. Unless the life of the mother is in jeopardy, I simply cannot understand that at ALL.

          Ethics and morality seem to be in short supply for the Dems these days, and sadly, too many seem all too happy to embrace that mentality…

          • kenoshamarge Says:

            When people are willing to support the “aborting” of 7 pound “fetuses” there is something seriously wrong with them. So wrong I want nothing to do with them. Their worship of the great “god” abortion is obscene. If that is the most important issue to women, then we as a gender have much to answer for.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            Marge, I could not agree more. It is obscene and abhorrent. TO even CONSIDER “aborting” a 7 lb fetus is not abortion, but infanticide, if you ask me.

            And you are so right – it this is what matters most to women, we have a lot of ‘splaining to do…

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