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All That For A Flag?

Yes Michelle.  For unlike your husband, other Presidents know the price purchased for its colors.



Which man is treating her like a human being? Which man is not afraid to touch someone who has sacrificed for our country? Which one treats her like she has a communicable disease? A photo really can say a thousand words. None of those words support the lump of flesh on the left.
 OT, but....

Boq, there's a "moon buggy" race going on in Huntsville and the Rican contingenmt seems to be doing quite well. You can read about it here
 One is acting in a fatherly fashion.  One is looking down his nose & sneering.  Her smile pretty much lays her feelings out, it says "neener neener dubya likes me better!".
One really cares, the other only uses nice words - written by others. You pick which is which
That is quite the snazzy leg that Soldier has!  BRAVO ZULU, SOLDIER! 

To be fair, as much as it pains me to do it, we don't know the exact context of that photo.  What was just said?  Does Barry have that look on his face due to shock or disgust because of what happened to her? And many people feel awkward around amputees, unsure of what to do and how to act, so in this case I can't really fault Barry for his woodeness. 

My gut tells me that Mr. Bush is much more open and relaxed among the great stinking unwashed masses (thank you, Sen. Reid), than Mr. Obama is.  He is more open, more compassionate, more sincerly concerned with others and their wellbeing than Mr. Obama, too.

OK, now, even though it is close to 0300, I think I need a shot of scotch to take the taste of that first paragraph out of my mouth.


She twice the man that that slouching, feckless piece of crap will ever be.
The woman in the photo is 1st LT Melissa Stockwell, and she led the Pledge of Allegiance at the Bush Library dedication, where this photo was taken.  She is a remarkable woman warrior who can probably kick the butt of anyone here!

From Wikipedia:

"A first lieutenant, she was the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq War. She lost her left leg when a roadside bomb exploded when she was leading a convoy in Baghdad.  For her service in Iraq she was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Following her retirement from the military she works as a prosthetist and has been on the board of directors of the Wounded Warrior Project since 2005."
"She subsequently became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics. She competed in three swimming events, the 100 m butterfly, 100 m freestyle, and 400 m freestyle, at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, and finished sixth, fifth, and fourth in her heats, respectively. She was the U.S. team's flag bearer at the closing ceremonies.
Turning to triathlon after the Beijing Paralympics, Stockwell was selected to represent the USA in the 2010 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Budapest. She won the Women's TRI-2 (above knee amputee) class, then successfully defended her TRI-2 World Champion title in 2011 and 2012. She is a multiple US National Paratriathlon Champion in her classification, and was named USAT Paratriathlete of the Year in 2010[ and 2011. As of January 2013 Stockwell is at the top of the ITU's rankings in the women's TRI-2 class.
Stockwell is a Level 1 USAT Triathlon coach and co-founder of Dare2Tri, a Chicago-based triathlon club specifically for athletes with disability."

She has certaily earned my salute, and I guess she is comfortable wtth a hug from the Commander in Chief who sent her to war.  I guess she is just being polite to the other guy.

 If I was laying in a hospital bed recovering from my combat wounds, I know which one I'd prefer to visit me, and which one I'd still respect for having sent me into harm's way.
"I guess she is just being polite to the other guy" That's not a "guy" I won't go into what I think he is. But that's not a "guy" President Bush is a guy. I'm a guy. There are many of us. But that lump is not one of us.
Two of the three would be a pleasure to meet.
Had a strange reaction to that picture.
I teared up at what she has suffered for her country, while smiling at how well she has adjusted to it, and at how comfortable she is with being hugged and kissed by the man who sent her to war, yet loves her for having gone.

Is that the king of run-ons, or what?

The JEF just looks like an awkward dork...
Not the first time Mr. Bush and Lt. Stockwell have met

"The photo was taken of President Bush and First Lieutenant Melissa Stockwell U.S. Army Retired during festivities after the Warrior 100K Ride. According to her bio, Stockwell was on deployment on April 13, 2004 when the HUMVEE she was in "was hit by a roadside bomb and Melissa suffered the loss of her left leg above the knee."
That photo makes me tear up for a number of reasons.
Then President Bush visited LT Stockwell while she was recovering from her wounds. She swore she would one day dance, and President Bush swore he would dance with her. That's the story behind the pictiure Joe in NorCal linked above.

It would appear that 1LT Stockwell and GW Bush have maintained their friendship since.
She appears to be pretty scrappy - swimming in the Paraolympics, getting into Ironman competitons, lord knows what else.  Not to mention she is, um, photogenic as all get out. 
 I must say that I love her new leg!
 What can one say....picture(s) says it all.  I may not have always agreed with W, but he did bring respect back to the Office of the President - this current president (lower case on purpose), not so much, hell, he and Mooch have has destroyed the office and this country in the eyes of our allies, and given comfort to our enemies.  Providing Aid and Comfort to Our Enemies, thought that was a capital offense under the UCMJ, and as CIC, isn't he governed by the UCMJ (yea -right).
 Two of the people in this picture have guts, honor, are patriotic, proud to be Americans, and have proven leadership skills....

the other is the President.