Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Trouble With Harry

The Trouble With Harry
By Rick Moran

If I were George Bush right about now, I'd wrap my arms around Harry Reid and give him a great big kiss on the cheek. And I might even consider sending Speaker Pelosi a dozen roses, thanking her for playing her part to perfection in this Democratic Party defeatist extravaganza.

The Democrats are handing the President the one thing he desperately needed in order to maintain the surge, veto the Iraq supplemental with its timetables and withdrawal stipulations, and unite the Republicans as they haven't been since the election last November: a political club with which to beat his opponents and re-energize support for the war among his base.



Anonymous PO'd Vet said...

File this under "Incredible Bush Stories"
Joyce May writes in the Cove Herald of Copperas Cove, Tex, about a Vietnam veteran named Bill Thomas who decided to give Bush one of the three Purple Hearts that he received in Vietnam.

"Thomas said he and his wife came up with the unprecedented idea to present the president with the Purple Heart over breakfast one morning a few months ago as they discussed the verbal attacks, both foreign and domestic, the commander in chief has withstood during his time in office.

"'We feel like emotional wounds and scars are as hard to carry as physical wounds,' Thomas said. . . .

"Thomas said he drew up a citation and he and his wife signed it before dropping it and the medal off with Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, to forward to President Bush.

"Carter later called Thomas to inform him that the president was very moved by the gesture and would like the couple to present it in person."

And that's what happened on Monday, in the Oval Office. Why exactly Bush felt that was appropriate is a pretty good question.

"'He said he didn't feel like he had earned it,' Thomas said."

Can you believe he had the guy brought in to present the Purple Heart to him? Why does Bush dishonor so many brave veterans like this?

1:09 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Pod Vet--Your lack of sophistication is showing. Appearing with the President is considered a high honor. The ordinary American has small chance of face-time with him.

Many people go and have their picture taken with him--or some such small souvenir is given--at the occasion and those things are often handed down to next generations, one after the other. After some time, they can become quite valuable.

It was a terribly complimentary gesture which was gracious and kind of President Bush to acknowledge them personally. Think of YOUR favorite President; wouldn't you'd be thrilled to meet him?

You see, Pod Vet (and I think you're very young--and not a vet...) you only wrote what you wrote to besmirch President Bush--and you're too naive to realize how completely you fell on your face. Go read an etiquette book and realize what good old-fashioned manners are.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Hey, pal, the alternative is getting a form letter thank you, at best a 3 minute phone call - and that would be the end of it. Go look up p-r-o-t-o-c-o-l.....

4:34 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

pov-I have to agree with Donal and bobcat, you have no class.
The Thomas's were offering moral support and President Bush treated the gesture and the Thomas's with great respect. To you it may seem a small thing, but Pres. Bush saw the heart behind it and reached a hand of thanks to the sentiment.
You are obviously young, immature and thoughtless. Go home and grow up, why don't you?


5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo, Pod boy, Aside from the visit of a life time, an invitation to the White House from the worlds most powerful man, the President of the Untied States, the fact that a veteran, a combat veteran such as Mr.Thomas,has choosen to bestow a medal for wounds suffered in combat on his former Commader-in-Chief, as is any veterans right after he has been acknowleged by his country and the military is a very honor for the President. I t would be a very high honor for anyone. Someone who has 'faced the guns'' and lived is a person quite unlike anyone else and for such a person to see honor and worth in a civilan,say, and part with something like a Purple Heart medal is not a dis-honoe to any other vet,past or present. It is the perogitive of the recipient of the medal and it is something you're likely never to uunderstand. I hope someday you might. In the mean time I'd suggest you look up the United States Military Chain of Command. You'll find it informitive. J'Mac.

5:14 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

Verity, note that the leftist troll hijacks the thread with off-topic bull. He apparently has nothing to say on the article that you posted, but instead views your site as his own personal megaphone. That he has no concept of manners is obvious by his actions.

As for Harry Reid, he has guaranteed himself a brutal re-election campaign, if he even gets to run again. I also predict all kinds of whining across the leftist blogosphere declaring that "Reid doesn't speak for me!" as they continue to talk out of both sides of their mouths. This kind of thing is the hari-kari that the hate-America leftist base has been slobbering for. That it causes them to lose power is immaterial, because they're still thinking that protests and throwing bombs are the way to express themselves politically.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the point that pod is making is not that the guy gave bush his medal or even went to the WH. What is truly galling about this story is that W accepted a Purple Heart for "emotional wounds and scars". 6 years ago, we couldnt have written a more inane scenario. Can you imagine if Clinton did the same thing? I think your collective heads would have exploded with rage.

6:56 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Thanks InRussetShadows/TMW/J'MAC I knew you guys would back me up.

Mr. Anon--who doesn't have the guts to use his own name, yeah throwing the gift back in their face would've felt so much better! I can just hear the news "Bush rejects combat soldier's gift". No, they'd say that Bush thought himself too good for it. Anon. ANY WAY he handled it would've been deemed wrong by you people--it would be a total set up by the MSM.

As it was, the President handled it the most gracious way possible; he accepted the gift in the spirit in which it was meant and, no doubt, had a little ceremony, a little reception--and he made that family feel like their sacrifice was truly honored.

Russet Shadows--you're right, as always. This was nothing but politics to Anon. and Pod Vet. Thank God the President knows how to graciously conduct himself!

TMW, Very funny spanking!

J'MAC, you're right as always and you're really the very soul of patriotism. I'd feel like hell if I tried to give the President one of the most precious gifts I had and he turned it down!

7:36 PM  
Anonymous PO'd Vet said...

President Bush is truly gracious to receive the Purple Heart for taking the slings and arrows from those meanies. He deserves a Purple Heart for his heroism. And a Bronze Star for his bravery in the line of Democratic fire.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

It's not a matter of deserves or not deserves, thread hijacker. You see, the President respected the vet's sacrifice and his gift. What, are you going to turn down a purple heart holder's gift? He even tried to dissuade the vet, politely saying that he [Bush] didn't deserve it.

It all goes back to respect -- respect for the giver, respect for the gift. You speak like people have no humanity, and look at everything in political terms!

Come out of the basement, hijacker. There's a great big world out here with real people in it.

5:08 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

In RussetShadows is right, Pod Vet (why don't you lefties have any damned manners?) By inviting the vet to the White House, President Bush is not thinking about whether or not HE deserves it. No, he's honoring and acknowledging the man who did.

Also, there IS a great deal of formal protocol involved when the 'regular folk' interface with the White House. President Bush was only doing the proper thing.

(Russet Shadows: Wouldya teach these Neaderthals not to drag their knuckles? Sheesh!)

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