Friday, April 27, 2007

Tried to post a comment to the Froomkin column from Thursday, but the comment has not been posted. Perhaps I cussed over at the Post site at some point. I wouldn't put it past me.

Here is the item from Froomkin's column:

Bush Gets a Purple Heart

Joyce May writes in the Cove Herald of Copperas Cove, Tex, about a Vietnam veteran named Bill Thomas who decided to give Bush one of the three Purple Hearts that he received in Vietnam.

"Thomas said he and his wife came up with the unprecedented idea to present the president with the Purple Heart over breakfast one morning a few months ago as they discussed the verbal attacks, both foreign and domestic, the commander in chief has withstood during his time in office.

"'We feel like emotional wounds and scars are as hard to carry as physical wounds,' Thomas said. . . .

"Thomas said he drew up a citation and he and his wife signed it before dropping it and the medal off with Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, to forward to President Bush.

"Carter later called Thomas to inform him that the president was very moved by the gesture and would like the couple to present it in person."

And that's what happened on Monday, in the Oval Office. Why exactly Bush felt that was appropriate is a pretty good question.

"'He said he didn't feel like he had earned it,' Thomas said."

But "not earning it" didn't stop him from accepting it! He's so cute, isn't he?

Anyway, this was the comment I posted this morning:
It looks like a comment I submitted yesterday has disappeared. Since my ego is too big to let that happen, I will try to re-create it. While outrage has lost its meaning in relation to the Bush Administration, this Purple Heart stunt is actually outrageous. Here is a man who is accepting a medal that he himself did not earn, a medal that was awarded in a war in which he did not serve (defending Texas from the Commie hoarde doesn't count), and he is accepting it at a time of war, a war which he started for his own faulty reasons, a war in which those who are serving are being wounded and killed and are earning their Purple Hearts, a war which he refuses to end, therefore ensuring that more Purple Hearts will be awarded. And do not forget the mockery on display at the '04 convention, where Kerry's Purple Heart was sneered at by those attending. There must be someone in the White House who consciously and deliberately comes up with these outrages, although I can't understand why.

Can't keep me down, Post! Can't keep me down!


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