Monday, August 08, 2005

Idiot Bush Calls Cindy Sheehan “Mom”

Cindy Sheehan's son Casey was killed in Iraq last year at age 24. Ms. Sheehan wants to confront President Bush and ask him, “Why did you kill my son? What did he die for?” Ms. Sheehan is camping-out down the road from the President's Crawford, TX ranch. Not too long ago, the president's minders would have sent thugs down that winding road to strong-arm Ms. Sheehan into understanding she should vamoose. But the President is in such bad odor these days that his advisors have seen the wisdom of sending senior officials to reason with Ms. Sheehan. Saturday afternoon, national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley and deputy WH chief of staff Joe Hagin hotfooted it down the road to have a confab. However, Ms. Sheehan is adamant. She's staying at her improvised camp-site until President Bush meets with her. The Prez would do well to set up a meet with Ms Sheehan ASAP, because she's already talked to a reporter from The Associated Press, CBS was taping a segment on her, she had appeared on CNN, and this morning she is appearing live on ABC. And her cell phone is alive with reporters from all over asking for interviews. Cindy Sheehan already has divulged a piece of information that has not hit the news shows from families of other soldiers killed in Iraq. And it may be the most interesting bit of info to come out of this standoff. Two months after her son Casey's death, Ms Sheehan and her family met with President Bush. The Prez holds these sessions regularly when he travels around the country. He uses them as photo-ops and tries to wring every ounce of human-interest sentimentality he can squeeze from the encounters. But we've never heard details about how the President conducts himself during these meetings. Until now. The NYT reported this morning re the Bush meeting with Ms. Sheehan, “Mr. Bush did not know her son's name when she and her family met with him in June 2004 at Fort Lewis. Mr. Bush, she said, acted as if he were at a party and behaved disrespectfully toward her by referring to her as 'Mom' throughout the meeting.” In another revealing exchange, Cindy Sheehan said Bush said he couldn't imagine what it was like to lose a loved one like an aunt or uncle. Ms. Sheehan told Mr. Bush that Casey was her son, and that she thought he could imagine what it would be like since he has two daughters and that he should think about what it would be like sending them off to war. Ms. Sheehan said, “Trust me, you don't want to go there.” Bush said, "You're right, I don't.” And Ms. Sheehan said, “Well, thanks for putting me there.” Here's what President George W. Bush should do. In fact, this is the only thing he can do to salvage any shred of credibility he may still have about the war in Iraq. Prez Bush should immediately meet with Cindy Sheehan. But before he ambles down that winding road to her camp-site, he should call up Donald Rumsfeld, tell him to ready the first boot-camp he can think of for two new recruits, because his twin daughters are signing up for duty in Iraq as soon they can be made ready and be deployed. After advising his daughters they are in the army now and he's proud as proud can be, then the President can meet with Casey Sheehan's mom and tell her all about his plans for Iraq and why her son died.

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