In her new book And the Good News Is …: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, President George W. Bush’s former press secretary Dana Perino shares a number of stories that show just how much Bush loves the military.
One of the stories, however, was more painful and unique than the others.
During an unannounced visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bush was confronted by a mother who was sitting at her dying son’s bedside. She screamed at the president, asking him why her child was in this position and his wasn’t. Instead of fighting back, Bush sat silently and absorbed every word she said.
When Bush and Perino returned to the helicopter, he sat looking out the window. Then he turned to her and said, “That mama sure was mad at me.”
Then, he added a sentence that Perino would never forget: “And I don’t blame her one bit.”
A president like Obama would never admit weakness like this, but Bush wasn’t about to stand up to a mother of a veteran. He had so much respect for veterans that he was able to admit fault in himself for them.
We miss you, President Bush!