Friday, August 26, 2005

American Soldiers Deserve This Type of Communication From The President, Now.

Wishful thinking from Scrappleface via Southern Conservative

Leak: Draft of Bush Answer to Cindy Sheehan
by Scott Ott

(2005-08-24) -- An internal White House memo, leaked today, indicates how President George Bush initially planned to address Cindy Sheehan's question: What "noble cause" did my son die for?

The draft memo includes suggestions from White House communications staff, followed by several paragraphs apparently handwritten by the president.

While handwriting experts from CBS News continue to pore over the document to verify its authenticity, here is the text of the president's alleged response to the grieving Mom whose protest has captured the hearts of
America's journalists.

Dear Mrs. Sheehan,

You have asked me to identify the noble cause for which your son died. I have not answered you personally out of respect for the nobility of your son's sacrifice.

Being president forces me into the spotlight, but I would rather stand in the shadows of men like Casey Sheehan. Directing national attention on my response to your protest creates a distraction from what matters.

The focus of our attention, and our admiration, should rest on people like Casey Sheehan, who stand in the breach when evil threatens to break out and consume a helpless people. The running story on the news networks should be the valiant efforts of our troops -- the merchants of mercy who export freedom and import honor. They trade their own lives for the sake of others.

As a result, we live in a nation where a woman can camp outside of the president's house and verbally attack the president for weeks on end without fear of prison, torture or death. And the number of nations where such protest is possible has multiplied thanks to the work of our military.

You ask for what noble cause your son died? In a sense he died so that people like you, who passionately oppose government policies, can freely express that opposition. As you camp in Crawford, you should take off your shoes, for you stand on holy ground. This land was bought with the blood of men like your son.

Now, 25 million Iraqis cry out to enjoy the life you take for granted. Most of them will never use their freedom to denigrate the sacrifice of those who paid for it. But once liberty is enshrined in law, they will be free to do so.

And when the Iraqis finally escape their incarceration, hope will spread throughout that enslaved region of the world, eventually making us all safer and more free. The key is in the lock of the prison door. Bold men risk everything to turn it.

Mrs. Sheehan, everyone dies. But few experience the bittersweet glory of death with a purpose -- death that sets people free and produces ripples of liberty hundreds of years into the future.

Casey Sheehan died that freedom might triumph over bondage, hope over despair, prosperity over misery. He died restoring justice and mercy. He lived and died to help to destroy the last stubborn vestiges of the Dark Ages.

To paraphrase President Lincoln, the world will little note nor long remember what you and I say here. But it can never forget what Casey Sheehan did during his brief turn on earth. If we are wise, we will take increased devotion to that cause for which he gave the last full measure of devotion.

Our brave warriors have blazed a trail. They have entrusted the completion of the task to those of us they left behind. Let's, you and I, resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain. Let's finish the work that they have thus far so nobly advanced.


George W. Bush


Anonymous Chronoserpent said...


Just, Wow.

I wonder if this really is what the President wanted to say...

8/26/2005 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Dr. Forbush said...

You should realize that this is from a satire web page. Check out

8/26/2005 04:27:00 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Like You said...

Hello Dr. Forbush,

Yes, that's why he's linked at the top of the post. It's in grey - may be hard to read.

Despite this being semi-serious, I really do believe this White House has done a LOUSY job of getting the message out, staying on message, and fighting back when appropriate.

That's the reason I started this blog. "Where Have You Gone Ronald Reagan" is a call for more of Reagan's communication style.


8/26/2005 05:14:00 PM  
Blogger Chuck Wade said...

I thought it was fairly clear that by the title of the post as well as the "wishful thinking" line at the very beginning that this letter was a satire. Keep up the good work bohemian.

8/26/2005 07:24:00 PM  

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