Unreported News for the Bush Haters
The left has a unexplicable visceral hatred of Bush. Bush was in Pendelton Tuesday. Some have mocked him for wearing a jacket with a presidential seal on it. Instapundit notes, those engaging in mockery were silent when Mr Clinton was President. Whatever, recall that in the pre-election noise and blather, people on the left decried Mr Bush sending those into the field "without a care". Well to all of you doubters, look at this (Hat tip: BlackFive):
President Bush came here for two reasons. To thank the Marines and sailors of Camp Pendleton for all they do, and to meet with the families of our fallen warriors. The first part was public. The second - and I believe far more important - was to meet privately with 170 family members who had lost a loved one. He forbade the press corps from viewing or photographing any of it.Well he does care. And he pays his respects, and doesn't delegate it. He doesn't have to run for office ever again. This is not a publicity stunt. It is just the right thing to do. This is exactly why our military will support this man until their last dying breath, and so will many of those who voted for him. He does do the right thing when its needful. He's not prescient, a prophet, or have a pipeline to God. Just a good man right where we need him.
The Plt Sgt Mitchell Paige Fieldhouse (a brand new $12.5m facility) has two basketball courts. One was curtained off and decks covered where he met with them together. Then, he met with the family members of each fallen Marine in the other gym individually. Having had the duty of a Casualty Assistance and Notification Officer many times in the past, I know how emotionally draining it is to talk to even one family at a time. When we put the President back on Marine One some three hours later, he was as somber and drained as I've ever seen him. It took an emotional toll on everyone involved.
Obviously, he did not have to make this visit. He could have delegated that task to anyone to do it for him.