Skip to comments.NEWSWEEK STORY: "I'm So Sorry" [Newsweek supports Bush over meeting with grieving families]
Posted on 08/14/2005 8:53:24 AM PDT by nwrep
Aug. 22, 2005 issue - The grieving room was arranged like a doctor's office. The families and loved ones of 33 soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan were summoned to a large waiting area at Fort Bragg, N.C. For three hours, they were rotated through five private rooms, where they met with President George W. Bush, accompanied by two Secret Service men and a photographer. Because the walls were thin, the families awaiting their turn could hear the crying inside.
President Bush was wearing "a huge smile," but his eyes were red and he looked drained by the time he got to the last widow, Crystal Owen, a third-grade schoolteacher who had lost her husband in Iraq. "Tell me about Mike," he said immediately. "I don't want my husband's death to be in vain," she told him. The president apologized repeatedly for her husband's death. When Owen began to cry, Bush grabbed her hands. "Don't worry, don't worry," he said, though his choking voice suggested that he had worries of his own. The president and the widow hugged. "It felt like he could have been my dad," Owen recalled to NEWSWEEK. "It was like we were old friends. It almost makes me sad. In a way, I wish he weren't the president, just so I could talk to him all the time."
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Quite the contrast to the image Sheehan is trying to put forth.
Very good piece.
Notice how it's graded by readers very lowly (2.5 out of 5, based on 191 votes so far). Obviously the fringe left is very upset with this article so is trying to stuff the ballot box.
Be on your guard. They must be hunting for another way to smear him.
I voted on it and the total # of votes didn't change. Also it only allowed me to give it a 4.5!
I would say that Sheehan is a liar. A publicity-seeking liar who is at home in front of fawning hangers-on and others who admire her "professional victim" status. That lady needs to go away with whatever nonexistent dignity she has left.
It told me that I rated it 5, but it didn't increment the counter. Oh well.
As the parent of a Gulf War Vet, I feel very blessed that he came home unscarred. If he had not come home, I hope I would have shown the same courage and grace that he did when he left to fight on behalf of the USA. To do less would have dishonored him.
In her public grief, Mrs. Sheehan's disdain for President Bush diminishes her son's honor. I feel so very sorry for her and that she is being exploited by the media in such a tawdry way.
It didn't change when I voted either. I think they are only counting the votes less than 3.
Right you are. I'm wearing my tinfoil cap also. ;)
Agreed. Newsweek must be hemorraging subscribers after that Koran-in-the-toilet fiasco. No doubt that once their subscriber-levels are back to normal, they'll revert back to their Tired-Old-Media selves.
There were "nuances" throughout - i.e. The Big Smile and the "Sobbing"
My guess is that they feel Cindy is going too far to be effective any longer.
The President is a Good man with a good heart. Anyone that claims otherwise has an agenda that is absent of Truth.
Our president is meeting with more families than any other president ever has in time of war, to my knowledge.
This article states that apparently Able Danger puts Atta in Prague with an Iraqi intel officer.
I hadn't heard that before; has anyone else heard this?
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