12/23/2008 (1:14 pm)
As if anticipating my criticism today of George W. Bush’s Evangelical impulses run amok, the Washington Times ran a story yesterday detailing a covert, White House operation involving both the President and the Vice President in efforts to visit as many servicemen and their families as possible to comfort them over losses sustained in war, out of the view of cameras.
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…
… 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.
This stands in stark contrast to President Clinton’s poll-driven agenda, and to President-elect Obama’s avoidance of wounded soldiers in Germany when he learned that the media would not be allowed to accompany him.
Hat tip to Jeff Emmanuel at Red State, who observes:
Whatever problems and disagreements we all may have with President Bush (and I have more than my share, starting with ‘04-’06 Iraq, ‘07 Israel, ‘07-’08 North Korea and Iran, TARP, immigration, NCLB, the Auto Bailout, and many, many more), there’s one fact which all who are not blinded by the most irrational form of Bush Derangement Syndrome can agree on: a very good man is leaving the White House in just under a month.
5 Comments »
Comment by Nick
I saw this yesterday on Gateway Pundit. He kind of missed the mark a little in my estimation by blaming Bush/Cheney for killing off the GOP.
Comment by RM
The cliche is that history will judge him. However, the left’s focus on defining and controlling how history is recorded, in my view, will prevent an accurate view of Mr. Bush for decades, if ever.
However, the thrust of current events are such, and his successor stands in such stark contrast to the man, that the country may discover what it has vilified for years and lost sooner than we think.
Comment by RL
Focusing on President Bush’s failings, as I tend to do, makes it easy to forget how much worse things could be.
Merry Christmas, all.
Comment by Marc
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Comment by Georg Felis
The first Bush covert operation that the New York Times did not break on the front page before the election. Gee, I wonder why…