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|Subject: Re: Father Of Fallen Marine Upset...||Date: 10/10/2012 8:29 AM|
|Author: LurkerMom||Number: 1822815 of 2111932|
I lost a lot of respect for G.W.Bush when he refused to meet face to face with Cindy Sheehan, even when she was camped at the foot of his driveway. I realize that she was an activist, but she also was the mother of a fallen soldier. Bush could have at least walked to the end of his driveway and talked to her for a moment, or better yet invite her in for a cup of coffee. It would have been the classy thing to do.
Even if Cindy Sheehan had ranted and raved at Bush for a couple of minutes, would that have been such a heavy price to pay, especially when compared to the price that Army Specialist Casey Sheehan paid?
Bush handled the situation like a coward in my opinion.
Bush had met with Cindy Sheehan in June 2004. Later she became political, recanted her story about meeting with him. She lost her creditability. Sheehan discovered the media and became a pawn for the left/dems and later dumped by them when she was no longer useful.
I am not going to look for my old posts on Cindy Sheehan, but I did sympathized with her and felt bad for her when the left used her and then spit her out. It is a matter of our opinions, but I believed President Bush did the right thing. He refused to become another pawn through Sheehan and be used for propaganda for the left.
"Bush already had met with Mrs. Sheehan and a delegation of grieving military families in June 2004, two months after Casey's death. After that meeting, Sheehan initially stated that the President had shown himself to be a caring individual of deep religious convictions. “I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,” Sheehan declared at the time. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith." She concluded by saying, "That was the gift the President gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together."
"By August of 2005, however, Mrs. Sheehan had changed her story entirely. She stated in a radio broadcast: "Looking back, all I can say is that the meeting with Bush was one of the most disgusting experiences in my life." She referred to the President as the "Führer" and characterized America’s invasion of Iraq as "blatant genocide."
"According to the accounts of several advisers, Bush and his aides concluded that it would be a mistake to yield to Sheehan's demand for a second meeting with Bush to discuss the death of her son, Casey, who was killed in Iraq at the age of 24 last year when his Army battalion was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire. The president had made it clear, going back at least to a California railroad swing during his 2000 campaign, that he does not care to meet with protesters or to reward them.
White House officials maintain that Sheehan may have discredited herself with statements about impeachment, her insistence on a withdrawal from Iraq, her mixing of her cause with that of the Palestinians, and her accusation that Bush "killed" her son. If Sheehan has lost credibility with the public, the "peace mom" might turn out to be only a summer sensation."
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