George W Bush – A purple heart ceremony, a caring President
President George W. Bush was well known for his respect and honor for Americans- including the Secret Service agents who guarded him. He was particularly respectful to the Military that keeps America safe. One story told by his former Press Secretary, Dana Perino, in her new book “And the Good News is,” is an example of his caring nature.
When the President of the United States asked a military aide to redo a Purple Heart ceremony for a young marine.
The President was scheduled to see 25 patients at Walter Reed Hospital in 2005. Some of the men were in serious condition. The first patient they were to see was a young Marine who had been wounded by a roadside bomb, according to the Chief Naval Officer.
“What’s his prognosis?” the president asked.
“Well, we don’t know sir, because he’s not opened his eyes since he arrived, so we haven’t been able to communicate with him. But no matter what, Mr. President, he has a long road ahead of him,” said the CNO.
The purple heart ceremony ended, and the President took the time to tell the young Marine’s son how “brave and courageous” his father was. The family was excited to have the President of the United States in attendance.
“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.'”
Perino wrote that the president started to cry during the ceremony.
“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 Marine’s for a moment.
Now everyone was crying, and for so many reasons: the sacrifice; the pain and suffering; the love of country; the belief in the mission; and the witnessing of a relationship between a soldier and his Commander in Chief that the rest of us could never fully grasp. (In writing this book, I contacted several military aides who helped me track down the name of the Marine. I hoped for news that he had survived. He did not. He died during surgery six days after the president’s visit. He is buried at Arlington Cemetery and is survived by his wife and their three children.)” Dana Perino
In so many books by former White House employees, President George W. Bush is shown to be a caring, honoring man who loved his county and its people. Regardless of his mistakes while in office, the fact that he treated others with dignity and respect lives on in the lives of those who knew him. The current resident of the White House is just the opposite, and exhibits abject hatred for America and our military.
When November 2016 rolls around, America, remember this scene, and vote for person with an honoring, respectful nature. America will cease to exist if you do not.