Over Four Thousand


Is the number of letters President Bush has personally written to the families of our brave troops who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq.

President Bush headed to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Monday to meet with wounded soldiers ahead of the Christmas holiday, but that’s only the latest activity in a wide-ranging effort the president has made to comfort the families of the fallen.

According to The Washington Times, the self-described “comforter in chief” said it’s his duty as president to try to help as “best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish.”

The Times notes that people familiar with Bush’s routine say he has written letters personally to every one of the families of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq. The task has taken a toll, and Bush has relied on his wife, Laura, for emotional support, he said.

“I lean on the Almighty and Laura,” the president told the Times. “She has been very reassuring, very calming.”

Vice President Cheney has also met with family members of soldiers who have died.

Bush has met with more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans, often during private sessions, White House spokesman Carlton Carroll told the newspaper.

The Times said the first lady was in on many of those meetings and also felt the heart-wrenching pain of such moments.

I have no doubt that the loss of those serving our country has weighed heavily on all our previous presidents, but it strikes me that the way this particular president has dealt with this burden – very personally and privately, with little media attention – speaks volumes about the kind of man he really is.  Not the evil, murdering tyrant that BDS-suffering liberals and anti-American types shout about in large bullying groups and mumble about under their breath when on their own, but a decent, caring man who, despite his flaws, has brought a measure of dignity to the office that his predecessor left behind on a couch in his personal study.

I also have no doubt that once President Bush is “fairly out” as John Adams wrote, he will be a much happier man.  Still carrying the burden of his decisions perhaps, but with the small comfort of knowing that he did what he did because he believed it was best for America.


1 Comment

  1. Personally and privately is how these meetings should be handled. The President has never tried to use these situations for political gain. I too think that he will be much happier as a civilian, but I also think that by June the country will be missing him greatly.

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