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O/T My President!

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  1. Shooting Jack

    Shooting Jack Active Member

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    Very impressive and touching !
    God Bless America AND OUR PRESIDENT !!!!




    PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE STORY.
    NO MATTER WHAT YOUR PERCEPTION IS OF HIM, YOU WON'T REGRET IT.



    Story by: Bruce Vincent



    For those of us who sometimes find ourselves having doubts about our President, here is an excellent piece worth every minute it takes to read it.
    This story is from Bruce Vincent of Libby , Montana who had gone to the White House with others to receive an award from the President.



    He writes: I've written the following narrative to chronicle the day of the award ceremony in DC. I'm still working on a press release but the White House press corps has yet to provide a photo to go with it.



    When the photo comes I'll ship it out. When you get done reading this you'll understand the dilemma I face in telling this story beyond my circle of close friends.



    Stepping into the Oval Office, each of us was introduced to the President and Mrs. Bush. We shook hands and participated in small talk. When the President was told that we were from Libby , Montana , I reminded him that Marc Racicot is our native son and the President offered his warm thoughts about Governor Racicot. I have to tell you, I was blown away by two things upon entering the office.



    First, the Oval Office sense of 'place' is unreal. The President later shared a story of Russian President Putin entering the room prepared to tackle the President in a tough negotiation and upon entering, the atheist muttered his first words to the President and they were 'Oh, my God.' I concurred. I could feel the history in my bones.



    Second, the man that inhabits the office engaged me with a firm handshake and a look that can only be described as penetrating. Warm, alive, fully engaged, disarmingly penetrating. I was admittedly concerned about meeting the man. I think all of us have an inner hope that the most powerful man in our country is worthy of the responsibility and authority that we bestow upon them through our vote. I admit that part of me was afraid that I would be let down by the moment -- that the person and the place could not meet the lofty expectations of my fantasy world.




    This says nothing about my esteem for President Bush but just my practical realization that reality may not match my 'dream'. Once inside the office, President Bush got right down to business and, standing in front of his desk, handed out the awards one at a time while posing for photos with the winners and Mrs. Bush. With the mission accomplished, the President and Mrs. Bush relaxed and initiated a lengthy, informal conversation about a number of things with our entire small group.



    He and the First Lady talked about such things as the rug in the office. It is traditionally designed by the First Lady to make a statement about the President, and Mrs. Bush chose a brilliant yellow sunburst pattern to reflect 'hope.' President Bush talked about the absolute need to believe that with hard work and faith in God there is every reason to start each day in the Oval Office with hope. He and the First Lady were asked about the impact of the Presidency on their marriage and, with an arm casually wrapped around Laura, he said that he thought the place may be hard on weak marriages but that it had the ability to make strong marriages even stronger and that he was blessed with a strong one.



    After about 30 or 35 minutes, it was time to go. By then we were all relaxed and I felt as if I had just had an excellent visit with a friend. The President and First Lady made one more pass down the line of awardees, shaking hands and offering congratulations.



    When the President shook my hand I said, 'Thank you Mr. President and God bless you and your family.' He was already in motion to the next person in line, but he stopped abruptly turned fully back to me, gave me a piercing look, renewed the vigor of his handshake and said, 'Thank you and God bless you and yours as well.' On our way out of the office we were to leave by the glass doors on the west side of the office. I was the last person in the exit line.


    As I shook his hand one final time, President Bush said, 'I'll be sure to tell Marc hello and give him your regards.' I then did something that surprised even me. I said to him, 'Mr. President, I know you are a busy man and your time is precious. I also know you to be a man of strong faith and I have a favor to ask of you.' As he shook my hand he looked me in the eye and said, 'Just name it.' I told him that my step-Mom was at that moment in a hospital in Kalispell , Montana , having a tumor removed from her skull and it would mean a great deal to me if he would consider adding her to his prayers that day. He grabbed me by the arm and took me back toward his desk as he said, 'So that's it.I could tell that something is weighing heavy on your heart today . I could see it in your eyes. Th is explains it .'



    From the top drawer of his desk he retrieved a pen and a note card with his seal on it and asked, 'How do you spell her name?' He then jotted a note to her while discussing the importance of family and the strength of prayer. When he handed me the card, he asked about the surgery and the prognosis. I told him we were hoping that it is not a recurrence of an earlier cancer and that, if it is, that they can get it all with this surgery. He said, 'If it's okay with you, we'll take care of the prayer right now. Would you pray with me? ' I told him yes and he turned to the staff that remained in the office and hand motioned the folks to step back or leave. He said, 'Bruce and I would like some private time for a prayer.'



    As they left he turned back to me and took my hands in his. I was prepared to do a traditional prayer stance -- standing with each other with heads bowed. Instead, he reached for my head with his right hand and pulling gently forward, he placed my head on his shoulder. With his left arm on my mid-back, he pulled me to him in a prayerful embrace. He started to pray softly. I started to cry. He continued his prayer for Loretta and for God's perfect will to be done. I cried some more. My body shook a bit as I cried and he just held tighter. He closed by asking God's blessing on Loretta and the family during the coming months.



    I stepped away from our embrace, wiped my eyes, swiped at the tears I'd left on his shoulder, and looked into the eyes of our president. I thanked him as best I could and told him that me and my family would continue praying for him and his. As I write this account down and reflect upon what it means, I have to tell you that all I really know is that his simple act left me humbled and believing. I so hoped that the man I thought him to be was the man that he is. I know that our nation needs a man such as this in the Oval Office. George W. Bush is the real deal. I've read Internet stories about the President praying with troops in hospitals and other such uplifting accounts. Each time I read them I hoped them to be true and not an Internet perpetuated myth. This one, I know to be true. I was there. He is real. He has a pile of incredible stuff on his plate each day -- and yet he is tuned in so well to the here and now that he 'sensed' something heavy on my heart. He took time out of his life to care, to share, and to seek God's blessing for my family in a simple man-to-man, father-to-father, son-to-son, husband-to-husband, Christian- to-Christian prayerful embrace. He's not what I had hoped he would be. He is, in fact, so very, very much more.



    NOTE: If you decide to forward this story... please do not add to it. Let Mr. Vincent's encounter stand as he wrote it.



    Snopes says it is true. Jackie B.
     
  2. puablo

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    Very touching story...I have always admired our president. In my opinion, he is without a doubt the right man, at the right time for the toughest job in the world.
    He may not be the eloquent speaker in the world, but I can take him for his word. God bless him. puablo
     
  3. Luckyman

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    Thank you for sharing that Shooting Jack!!! History will prove that GW Bush was one of the best presidents we have ever had...There is more character in what he flushes down the toilet every morning than the entire Dumbocrat party!!!
     
  4. Paladin

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    deckart/sammie said; "I can't think"

    Yep,,we know.
     
  5. Shooting Coach

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    No President is popular after a war winds down. Truman was almost impeached because he did not immediately get troops out of Europe and Asia after WWII ended.
     
  6. Luckyman

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    Let's see now...He liberated 2 countries from dictatorships the like of which haven't been seen since Hitler and Stalin..Oh yeah that's right that is what has kept us safe since 9/11!!! Has two of the worst terrorist organizations in Al Quaida and the Taliban in disarray and unable to function...Oh yeah did I mention that is what has kept us attack free since 9/11...Passed legislation AKA "Patriot Act" that has already proven to have stopped several terrorist attacks here and abroad as well as completely reformed tired policy CIA and FBI had been following under good-ol-slick willie that led to 9/11...Saved the economy from a recession after the Clinton bubble burst and has restored some moral and ethical standard to the White-house...I almost forgot, has the Israeli's and Palestinians talking about peace for the first time...and...Has put every other wacko in the world on notice that you will not F with the U.S on my watch!!!! The exact opposite of Slick Willie!!!

    Like I said before Deckfart....There is more character in what he flushed down the toilet this morning than the entire Dumbocrat party combined!!!!
     
  7. Paladin

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    Bush's approval is at 38%, per Rasmussen, the most accurate pollster in the nation.
     
  8. Luckyman

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    War has effected the approval rating of every president that was part of a war...Talk to me about his approval rating 10 years from now when we can actually see how the decisions he made during his presidency effected the future of our country!
     
  9. Paladin

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    Luckman, I'm on your side, believe me. The Rasmussen numbers I linked was a direct response to the "25% and less" post.
     
  10. Shooting Jack

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    Devil, Apparently you have a different snopes than I do. Some of it was not verifiable as they were the only two there. Are you insinuating that because he told the truth about the rest that he had to lie about something. Your habit maybe but not everyone's. According to what I read, the rest was verified. Jackie B.
     
  11. Luckyman

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    I know Paladin...I was addressing Deviladvocate...Like history has proven in the past all the great presidents always made the toughest decisions and sending a country to war has to be the hardest decision of all....Oh yeah Hillary, Bill, John Kerry, John Edwards and and and...All voted to go to war and that Saddam was an imminent threat to the U.S. Funny how all that changes...
     
  12. Luckyman

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    Ahhhhmen! Gmag!! You said it!
     
  13. chessney

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    Too bad you seen your last Rep. pres. for a while...Ziggy
     
  14. Luckyman

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    Hey Ziggy! Care to wager? It will be easy money!!!!!!!
     
  15. chessney

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    Lucky: I think your name won't hold up for ya this time!
    Deck: do you think when they start the pres.debates,McCain will go against Bush's policy's. That is why there will be a Dem. in the white house! ...Ziggy
     
  16. Luckyman

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    Hey Ziggy and Deckfart you both can cry in eachothers arms when the GOP reigns for another 8 years!!! or Move to France! I think everyone on this site would prefer the latter!!! You are both a couple of anti-american Cut-and Run P@&*sy's just like the Dumbocrats you vote for that have no clue!!!!
     
  17. Luckyman

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    It's not like Ziggy and Deckfart are completely ignorant! They just know so much about what isn't so....
     
  18. Luckyman

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    I own more guns than you would probably care to know and can probably out shoot you liberal ass any day of the week!! Anytime anywhere!!! I love trolling for liberal morons like you...You stupidity makes you easy targets!
     
  19. Luckyman

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    BTW....I do....and...you should be!!
     
  20. KenC

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    Anyway, back on topic...

    That story put a knot in my throat.
     
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