President Bush Fulfilled a Promise to Jog with a Wounded Vet-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
The eRumor circulates with a picture of President George W. Bush jogging with a man who has an artificial leg.
The accompanying text says the jogger with the president is Mike McNaughton, who was wounded while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
He says that President Bush visited him in the hospital and told Michael that when he could run a mile, they would do it together.
We don’t know about the president calling him every month, but the story is true.
According to the White House, President and Mrs. Bush visited Michael at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. on January 17, 2004.
That was when the president wished him a speedy recovery so they might run together.
Then on April 14, 2004, the two jogged a mile on the South Lawn of the White House.
Attached is a picture of one of my best friends in the Army, Mike
McNaughton. We were privates together in 1990-1994. He stepped on a
landmine in Afghanistan Christmas 2002. President Bush came to visit
the wounded in the hospital. He told Mike that when he could run a
mile, that they would go on a run together. True to his word, he called
Mike every month or so to see how he was doing. Well, last week they
went on the run, 1 mile with the president. Not something you’ll see in
the news, but seeing the president taking the time to say thank you to
the wounded and to give hope to one of my best friends was one of the
greatest/best things I have seen in my life. It almost sounds like a
corny email chain letter, but god bless him.
CPT Justin P. Dodge, MD
Flight Surgeon, 1-2 AVN RGT
Medical Corps, U.S. Army