Monday, December 22, 2008

The best giving is giving when no one is looking.

Think whatever you want about President Bush and Vice President Cheney. They are class acts. I do not think the two new guys could ever develop or find real class unless the"photo op" presents itself and then that just defeats the purpose doesn't it?

I remember the Obama's trip to Europe. He did not visit a hospital with wounded American troops. He had something better to do.

I remember him giving the "Finger" to both, the soon to be Secretary of State and John McCain while campaigning.

That is why the Obama will never be a class act President.

Here is a story that sums up class compared to classless.

For much of the past seven years, President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have waged a clandestine operation inside the White House. It has involved thousands of military personnel, private presidential letters and meetings that were kept off their public calendars or sometimes left the news media in the dark.

Their mission: to comfort the families of soldiers who died fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to lift the spirits of those wounded in the service of their country.

On Monday, the president is set to make a more common public trip - with reporters in tow - to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, home to many of the wounded and a symbol of controversy earlier in his presidency over the quality of care the veterans were receiving.

But the size and scope of Mr. Bush's and Mr. Cheney's private endeavors to meet with wounded soldiers and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort.

Another thing interesting to me is I believe the Obama has no real sense of  duty or honor.
"People say, 'Why would you do that?'" the president said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Times on Friday. "And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be - to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish.

Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching - balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin - that the president often leaned on his wife, Laura, for emotional support.

"I lean on the Almighty and Laura," Mr. Bush said in the interview. "She has been very reassuring, very calming."

Behind every great man is a great woman.
Mr. Bush also has met privately with more than 500 families of troops killed in action and with more than 950 wounded veterans, according to White House spokesman Carlton Carroll. Many of those meetings were outside the presence of the news media at the White House or at private sessions during official travel stops, officials said.

The first lady said those private visits, many of which she also attended, took a heavy emotional toll, not just on the president, but on her as well.

Washington Times

I doubt the next first lady will be able to live up to the class level that Laura Bush has demonstrated in her eight years.

H/T PattyAnn


  1. Very true. My differences with Bush are legion on social and economic issues. But his conduct regarding the troops is without peer. That's because he is the type of person who perhaps mangles his words but keeps his heart right.

    Obama sadly is the opposite and it will show soon enough. If the press ain't there, neither is Obama.

  2. Anonymous14:33

    The incoming twits are not the brightest bulbs in the socket for sure.

    President Bush and Vice President Cheney are class acts.And their wifes are also.

    The incomimg worst lady will never match Laura Bush.


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