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Stories of Respect
From and For President Bush-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor The message is one that
praises President George W. Bush for both acting respectfully toward
others and receiving respect from those around him. It says
that members of the honor guard show him a kind of respect that they
did not give to President Clinton. The message also relates a
warm story about President Bush's hospital visit with a soldier
severely injured in the attack on the Pentagon on September
11. It also says that a video clip shown on TV by Brit Hume
captured the president saluting one of the honor guard, an unusual
This eRumor is a mixture of Truth!,
Fiction!, and some facts that are unproven.
The story of the Marine honor guard showing more respect for
President Bush than for President Clinton is fiction. Whether
the Marines personally care for one president over the other is
secondary to doing their duty. We have that story
HERE for the
The story of President Bush's touching visit with LTC Brian Birdwell
in the hospital in Washington D.C. is true. We also have that
story posted. CLICK
HERE for the details.
The Brit Hume story is one that we have listed as unproven. We
have not been able to find any documentation for that one.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Have you noticed a difference in the salute given
by our military men and women as President Bush walks
by? Most folks would not notice anything, but military
people see it right away.
Watch: When President Bush leaves his helicopter
or Air Force One, the honor guards salute and face him
as he disembarks, then turn their faces towards him as
he passes by. They continue to salute his back as he
walks away. This kind of salute has not been seen in
the previous eight years, though it is customary
courtesy to the Commander-in-Chief. You see, soldiers
aren't required to turn and face the President as they
salute. They are not required to salute his back.
They are only required to salute. They can remain
face-forward the entire time. And that is what they
did during Bill Clinton's entire Presidency. Our
soldiers were forced to obey Clinton's orders, but
they were not forced to respect him. From their
salutes, we can surmise that they did not. Why is
such respect afforded to President Bush? He doesn't
even know how to bite his lower lip and not get
teary-eyed whenever he speaks!
The following incident from Major General Van
Antwerp may give us an insight. Gen. Antwerp is
president of the Officers' Christian Fellowship. He
lost nearly all his staff when the Pentagon was
attacked Sept. 11. His executive officer LTC Brian
Birdwell was badly burned and in the hospital when
President Bush visited him. Our President spent time
and prayed with Brian. As he was getting ready to
leave, he went to the foot of Brian's bed and saluted.
He held his salute until Brian was able to raise his
burned and bandaged arm, ever so slowly, in return.
The Commander-in-Chief never initiates a salute,
except in the case of a Congressional Medal of Honor
winner. The injured soldier did not have to return the
salute. But he did, out of respect to his President --
a Soldier's President.
Congressman JC Watts (R. Oklahoma) said,
"Character is doing the right thing when nobody is
looking." The nation and world learned some of what
our last President did when nobody was looking. That
President has been disbarred this week -- the worst
disgrace (other than imprisonment) to a lawyer. CNN
will have a difficult time shining his or his wife's
In this time of war and danger, I am so grateful
to have a President whom the soldiers salute -- fully.
On Special Report with Brit Hume (hosted by Jim
Angle), at the close of the show when they normally
have some funny video clip, they showed President Bush
and the First Lady on their way to Marine One to leave
for Camp David for the weekend. As the video starts,
the First Lady is leading the way into the helicopter
with the spaniel dog on the leash, and the president
is right behind her with the Scotty on the leash. As
the First Lady entered the chopper, the Marine at the
gangway saluted and held his salute. The Scottie, the
president was walking decided it wanted to squat right
when he got to steps. The president pulled on it's
leash, but the stubborn Scottie persisted in
squatting. The president bent down and scooped up the
pooch and entered Marine One.
After he entered, the Marine cut his salute and
returned to the position of attention. Moments later
the president reemerged from the helicopter and out
onto the steps. The Marine was standing at attention,
head and eyes straight ahead. The president leaned
over and tapped him on the left arm. The startled
Marine turned his body toward the president and
received his returned salute!
I was so impressed by this true act of respect
for our military people by our president! He really
does get it. Most any other person of his stature
would have just continued his journey, disregarding
the neglected return salute. Not George W. Bush. He is
earning the respect of the military community, not
expecting it -- as most have and would.
President George W. Bush -- the man who admitted
to having a drinking problem in younger years, and
whose happy-go-lucky lifestyle led him to mediocre
grades in college and an ill-fated oil venture, who
mangled syntax, and whose speaking mis-steps became
known as "Bushisms." He came within a hair's breadth
of losing the election in November. While votes were
counted and re-counted, Bush quietly but confidently
waited at his ranch.
Make no mistake, his orders were carried out, but
he stayed in the background, faithful and confident.
Bush named Jesus Christ as Lord of his life on public
TV. Not an oblique reference to being "born-again" or
having a "life change." He actually said the
un-PC-like phrase, "Jesus Christ!"
On September 11, he was thrust into a position
only known by Roosevelt, Churchill, Lincoln, and
Washington. The weight of the world was on his
shoulders, and the responsibility of a generation was
on his soul. So President George W. Bush walked to his
seat at the front of the National Cathedral just three
days after two of the most impressive symbols of
American capitalism and prosperity virtually
When the history of this time is written, it will
be acknowledged by friend and foe alike that President
George W. Bush came of age in that cathedral and
lifted a nation off its knees. In what was one of the
most impressive exhibitions of self-control in
presidential history, President George W. Bush was
able to deliver his remarks without losing his
resolve, focus, or confidence.
God's hand, which guided him through that
sliver-thin election, now rested fully on him. As he
walked back to his seat, the camera angle was
appropriate. He was virtually alone in the scene,
alone in that massive place with God, just him and the
Lord. Back at his seat, George H. Bush reached over
and took his son's hand. In that gesture his father
seemed to say, "I wish I could do this for you, son,
but I can't. You have to do this on your own."
President George W. Bush squeezed back and gave him a
look of peace that said, "I don't have to do it alone,
Dad. I've got help." What a blessing to have a
professing Christian as President.
Please take a moment after you read this to pray
for him. He truly does have the weight of the world on
his shoulders. Pray that God will sustain him and
give him wisdom and discernment in his decisions. Pray
for his protection and that of his family.
After you have prayed, send this to everyone on
your e-mail list. Our President needs Christians
around the world to be praying for him. As this makes
the e-mail rounds, eventually there could literally be
millions of people praying for him.
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