by John Hawkins | October 20, 2004 9:52 pm
Are you sick and tired of listening to people compare George Bush to Hitler? Do you want to do something to fight back against all the demonization? Well, let me tell you how to do it.
Take these links I’m about to give you and send them out to your friends.
Bush pauses to comfort teen
“…Lynn Faulkner, his daughter, Ashley, and their neighbor, Linda Prince, eagerly waited to shake the president’s hand Tuesday at the Golden Lamb Inn. He worked the line at a steady campaign pace, smiling, nodding and signing autographs until Prince spoke:
This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11.”
Bush stopped and turned back.
“He changed from being the leader of the free world to being a father, a husband and a man,” Faulkner said. “He looked right at her and said, ‘How are you doing?’ He reached out with his hand and pulled her into his chest.”
Faulkner snapped one frame with his camera.
“I could hear her say, ‘I’m OK,’ ” he said. “That’s more emotion than she has shown in 21/2 years. Then he said, ‘I can see you have a father who loves you very much.’ ”
“And I said, ‘I do, Mr. President, but I miss her mother every day.’ It was a special moment.”
Special for Lynn Faulkner because the Golden Lamb was the place he and his wife, Wendy Faulkner, celebrated their anniversary every year until she died in the south tower of the World Trade Center, where she had traveled for business.
…”The way he was holding me, with my head against his chest, it felt like he was trying to protect me,” Ashley said. “I thought, ‘Here is the most powerful guy in the world, and he wants to make sure I’m safe.’ I definitely had a couple of tears in my eyes, which is pretty unusual for me.”
President Bush spoke to Lindsey Yeskoo, the wife of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, after delivering a speech in Shanghai
…(Bush) gave a tremendous, candid yet heartening speech, and then was escorted down to the floor to meet the crowds. Everyone was of course behind a tight rope, and there were Secret Service men and security everywhere. There was no way he could meet all, but he sure did a great job of shaking hands with as many as possible.
…Anyway, the three kids and I were in the very front row, and had an extraordinary experience with President Bush. Bush came along and shook Chris’s hand first, noticing that he was all dressed up, and said, “You’re looking sharp today, boy!” Chris was SO PROUD and SO PLEASED at the recognition (if only GW had known what a struggle I’d had to get him to wear a jacket and a tie!). Then he shook my hand and I told him how much we value his strong leadership at this time, that we are 100% behind him. He went on and took the girls’ hands and talked to them.
Then I leaned over and mentioned that we pray for him every day. He stopped dead in his tracks (a definite security NO-NO . . . the SS men got REALLY antsy). He searched my eyes as if to see how much I really meant what I was saying. Then he gave me the most amazing and unexpected personal response, Paul said for a good 20-30 seconds.
He told me what the effect has been on him, waking up every day of the crisis and knowing within himself that he is being faithfully prayed for. He almost pleaded with me not to give up, but to persist with it, for this is only the beginning. Then he looked me even more squarely in my eyes, and gave me a very personal and specific series of instructions about the very things he most needs prayer for, on behalf of himself and of the nation.
He urged me that the threat against America is very great, and that one of our focuses in prayer to God needs to be “the shielding of America” . . . and wisdom for him as he leads the country through this time. I don’t know why, but as I looked straight back at him directly into his face, he let me see for those brief moments a tiny part of the agony he himself is going through, and the weariness. He finished the conversation by putting his hand on my right shoulder, almost as if it were the close of a commissioning, but affectionate too in a brotherly sort of way.
…Needless to say, the whole experience was unforgettable. I cannot begin to tell you how deeply it has affected me. Certainly, I do not think I have ever prayed for a leader or government or nation (or world!) so extensively has I have done since then. It was really quite an unusual and unexpected and powerful encounter.”
Bush Takes Private Time With Man To Pray
“On our way out of the office we were to leave by the glass doors on the west side of the office. I was the last person in the exit line.
As I shook his hand one final time … I then did something that surprised even me. I said to him, ‘Mr. President, I know you are a busy man and your time is precious. I also know you to be a man of strong faith and I have a favor to ask you.’ As he shook my hand he looked me in the eye and said, ‘Just name it.’
“I told him that my step-Mom was at that moment in a hospital having a tumor removed from her skull and it would mean a great deal to me if he would consider adding her to his prayers that day. He grabbed me by the arm and took me back toward his desk as he said, ‘So that’s it. I could tell that something is weighing heavy on your heart today. I could see it in your eyes. This explains it.’ From the top drawer of his desk he retrieved a pen and a note card with his seal on it and asked, ‘How do you spell her name?’
He then jotted a note to her while discussing the importance of family and the strength of prayer. “When he handed me the card, he asked about the surgery and the prognosis. I told him we were hoping that it is not a recurrence of an earlier cancer and that if it is they can get it all with this surgery. He said, ‘If it’s okay with you, we’ll take care of the prayer right now. Would you pray with me?’
I told him yes and he turned to the staff that remained in the office and hand motioned the folks to step back or leave.
He said, ‘Bruce and I would like some private time for a prayer.’
“As they left he turned back to me and took my hands in his. I was prepared to do a traditional prayer stance standing with each other with heads bowed. Instead, he reached for my head with his right hand and pulling gently forward, he placed my head on his shoulder. With his left arm on my mid back, he pulled me to him in a prayerful embrace. He started to pray softly. I started to cry. He continued his prayer for Loretta and for God’s perfect will to be done. I cried some more. My body shook a bit as I cried and he just held tighter. He closed by asking God’s blessing on Loretta and the family during the coming months.
“I stepped away from our embrace, wiped my eyes, swiped at the tears I’d left on his shoulder, and looked into the eyes of our President.
I thanked him as best I could and told him that my family and I would cntinue praying for him and his family. He has a pile of incredible stuff on his plate each day and yet he is tuned in so well to the here and now that he ‘sensed’ something heavy on my heart. He took time out of his life to care, to share, and to seek God’s blessing for my family…”
President Bush jogs with a serviceman who lost a leg in Afghanistan
“On 9 January 2003, 31-year-old Staff Sergeant Mike McNaughton of Denham Springs, Louisiana, a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard, was serving with the 769th Engineer Battalion in Afghanistan, scouting for land mines. Suddenly, according to Sgt. McNaughton, “I closed my eyes for a second going up in the air and then landing on the ground, and that’s when I just — I knew exactly what happened.” Sgt. McNaughton had stepped on an anti-personnel mine, and in the resulting blast he lost his right leg, as well as the middle and ring fingers of his right hand and a chunk of his left leg.
…While recuperating at Walter Reed, Sgt. McNaughton was honored to receive a visit from President Bush. One of the subjects of common interest they discussed was running, and the President extended an invitation to Sgt. McNaughton to come running with him once he was up and about.
….April 2004, Sgt. McNaughton and his family made the trip to Washington, and — true to his word — the President went for a run with him. According to Baton Rouge television station WAFB, Sgt. McNaughton described his return visit with President Bush thusly:
“It rained a little bit. I didn’t care if it was storming or lightning all around, I didn’t care. It was nice to run with him.
“He has a weight room upstairs, in the White House. We worked out for about 45 minutes, we tried different equipment. He said I couldn’t do it, so I had to prove him wrong.
“This goes back to my military training. I never once stopped something and said I can’t do it or quit. Just because I lost my leg, why should I start now?”
Sergeant McNaughton says the president was more interested with his new leg than even his own children. McNaughton says the president couldn’t stop looking at it or asking questions about it.”
Mourning Families Touched by President
“…. (W)hen the (Ron Ginther) was killed by mortar fire last month, Donna Ginther worried how she would carry on without her husband. She was terrified her daughter would grow up to be a different adult without Ginther to lead the way.
Donna Ginther told President George W. Bush about her fears Wednesday when he met with families of fallen servicemen following a speech to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
“When I told him that, he pressed his forehead against mine and said, `You can do it, and we’ll all help you through it,”‘ she said.
Donna Ginther took his words to heart.
“It wasn’t something he was saying to make me feel better. Like trying to pacify me and walk away and forget it,” she said. “He wasn’t afraid to touch you. It wasn’t like he was better than us. He kissed us. He cried with us. When I was crying, he cried.”
Ron Payne of Lakeland was just as taken with Bush.
Payne lost his son, 23-year-old Ron Payne, last month during an ambush in Afghanistan.
Payne saw a sensitive president when Bush tried to comfort a distraught father during his meeting with grieving families.
“President Bush just kept hugging him and hugging him,” Payne said. “He came across as very personable, a caring man. I didn’t see any politics in any of this. I was very, very impressed.” Bush talked separately with each of the 10 families, going over the contributions of young men like the 6-foot-7 Ron Payne who played basketball for Mulberry High.
Bush posed for pictures and signed autographs. Payne gave him a photo of his son, and Bush took it with him. The president said he was going to put it in his library.
“He was very compassionate with everyone,” Payne said. “He said, `I want to cry with you, laugh with you. Take as much time as you need. We’ll shed tears. If you want to, laugh. I’m here for you.”
Lakeland’s Kathy Seymour, Ron Payne’s mother, was overwhelmed by Bush’s gesture of support.
The mother had gone to Tampa not knowing what she might say, admitting beforehand that she was torn about the role of American military in the Middle East.
“He (Bush) just hugged me, patted me on the back and told me to hang in there. And said he was sorry for my loss . . .,” Seymour said. “A lot of the mothers cried. And wives, they cried. Nobody yelled. Nobody was angry. In fact it went really well.”
Seymour said she was touched by Bush’s sincerity, concern and sympathy. And his teary eyes.
“I feel a little bit better now,” she said.
Bush also managed to lighten Donna Ginther’s burden.
He did it by not only offering help but by making her daughter happy.
President Bush made his way over to Alayna and…said he hoped she had a happy birthday.
After listening to President Bush talk about fighting terrorists on their turf, Donna Ginther said she better understood why her husband was so determined to go to Iraq because he also thought it might prevent another 9/11.
“She (Alayna) was telling me on the way home, `I’m so proud of Daddy,” and I said, `Yes, he’s a hero,” Donna Ginther said. “And she said, `I’m proud of him because he let us meet the president.’
“I said, `He sent (Bush) right to us, and she said, `He knew we needed somebody like him in our lives.’ And it’s true.”
George W. Bush saluted an Army officer who had been badly injured during the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon
“As you may know, the President and Mrs. Bush visited the Washington Burn Center on Friday 14 September. Among those they visited was LTC Brian Birdwell, who was badly burned in the Pentagon attack. Mrs. Bush went into Brian’s room, spoke to him for about a minute, all the time as if they had been long acquaintances. She then turned to Brian’s wife Mel, who at this time had been at the hospital for probably 2 1/2 days, and apparently, according to Mel herself, was dirty, grimy and had blood on her shirt.
Mrs. Bush hugged Mel for what Mel said seemed like an eternity, just as if Mel were one of her closest family members.
Mrs. Bush then told Brian and Mel that there was “someone” there to see him.
The President then walked in, stood by Brian’s bedside, asked Brian how he was doing, told him that he was very proud of them both and that they were his heroes.
The President then saluted Brian. Now, at this point in time, Brian is bandaged up pretty well. His hands are burned very badly as well as the back of him from the head down. His movements were very restricted.
Upon seeing the President saluting him, Brian began to slowly return the salute, taking, from the accounts so far, about 15-20 seconds to get his hand up to his head.
During all of this, 15-20 seconds, President Bush never moved, never dropped his salute. The President dropped his salute only when Brian was finished with his, and then gave Mel a huge hug for what also probably seemed like an eternity.
Pray for our leadership. Thank God for what we are, have, and will be.
As a note to those of you who might not be familiar with military protocol, the subordinate normally initiates a salute and will hold it until the superior officer returns the salute.
In the above incident, President Bush acted in the role of the subordinate to show his respect and high regard for the injured man.
…Birdwell’s older brother, Wade, also confirmed the story via e-mail:
“I cannot tell you how grateful and truly proud I am that when Brian started to return that salute, despite his wounds, the president held his salute firmly and thereby permitted my brother the honor of demonstrating his and the true character of so very many others of our fighting men and women. Indeed, you should know that it was this very character that likely saved Brian’s life in the first place. As Brian crawled through the fire, certain brave men and women pulled him from the carnage, carried him out to the parking lot, then into the adjoining street.”
These are just a few little stories, but I think they tell you a lot about the man…..
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