From: conservativetribune.com, by: editorial, on: May 23, 2015, see the article HERE.
I know that this is an old piece, but on this Memorial Day 2015, I thought that is was appropriate to remind our readers that there was a time when we had a president who genuinely cared for and respected our military. Say what you will about George W. Bush, the troops always knew that he loved them and suffered personally when they were killed or injured. This is a story of one of those occasions when how much he cared was graphically displayed. It was only one of many times that President Bush demonstrated his feelings for the men and women of our military and I’ll never forget that he wasn’t afraid of showing his emotions when faced with a flag-draped coffin or an injured soldier. I will always respect the man for that. Garnet92.
The liberal media has often covered up the respect and love former President George W. Bush showed for the troops under his command. Thankfully, we have former Bush administration members to set the record straight.
For Memorial Day, former press secretary Dana Perino shared a piece from her new book about her experiences with the former president and how he shed tears when visiting a VA hospital.
“News of America’s military men and women (who) were wounded and killed in Iraq and Afghanistan almost overwhelmed me on some days,” Perino wrote in the section, which was posted on Fox News’ website.
“I may have sounded strong when I was talking to the press, but sometimes I had to push my feelings way down in order to get any words out of my mouth to make statements and answer questions.”
She then talked about how the former president dealt with the troops.
“The hardest days were when President Bush went to visit the wounded or families of the fallen,” she wrote. “If it was tough for me, you can only imagine what it was like for the families and for a president who knew that his decisions led his troops into battles where they fought valiantly but were severely injured or lost their lives.”
She talked of the time that President Bush presented a Purple Heart to a comatose Marine, according to Fox News.
“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 warrior was being awarded the Purple Heart, given to troops who 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 young child 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.’”
Then, something amazing happened.
“As they hugged, there was a commotion from the medical staff as they moved toward the bed,” Perino wrote. “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 wounded warrior’s for a moment.”
Tragically, the Marine did not survive. However, it was moments like these that show just what a president George W. Bush was. He was faithful to his troops and treated them with the honor they deserved — much unlike our current president.
For all of his other faults, I will personally always revere President George W. Bush for the way he felt about and treated our members of the military. It’s a damn shame that the current occupier of the White House doesn’t have the same respect for our service members. He’s not fit to shine President Bush’s shoes – and that’s not a racist statement, it refers to a lack of class and character. Obama’s not a real man, he’s an empty suit, devoid of anything but personal glorification.