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Have you noticed a difference in the salute given by our military
men and women as President Bush walks by? Most folks would not
notice anything, but military people see it right away. Watch:
When President Bush leaves his helicopter or Air Force One, the
honor guards salute and face him as he disembarks, then turn their
faces towards him as he passes by. They continue to salute his
back as he walks away. This kind of salute has not been seen in
the previous eight years, though it is customary courtesy to the
Commander-in-Chief. You see, soldiers aren't required to turn
and face the President as they salute. They are not required to
salute his back. They are only required to salute. They can remain
face-forward the entire time. And that is what they did during
Bill Clinton's entire Presidency. Our soldiers were forced to
obey Clinton's orders, but they were not forced to respect him.
From their salutes, we can surmise that they did not. Why is such
respect afforded to President Bush? He doesn't even know how to
bite his lower lip and not get teary-eyed whenever he speaks!
The following incident from Major General Van Antwerp may
give us an insight. Gen. Antwerp is president of the Officers'
Christian Fellowship. He lost nearly all his staff when the
Pentagon was attacked Sept. 11. His executive officer LTC Brian
Birdwell was badly burned and in the hospital when President
Bush visited him. Our President spent time and prayed with Brian.
As he was getting ready to leave, he went to the foot of Brian's
bed and saluted. He held his salute until Brian was able to
raise his burned and bandaged arm, ever so slowly, in return.
The Commander-in-Chief never initiates a salute, except in the
case of a Congressional Medal of Honor winner. The injured soldier
did not have to return the salute. But he did, out of respect
to his President -a Soldiers' President. Congressman JC Watts
(R. Oklahoma) said, "Character is doing the right thing when
nobody is looking." The nation and world learned some of what
our last President did when nobody was looking. That President
has been disbarred this week-the worst disgrace (other than
imprisonment) to a lawyer. CNN will have a difficult time shining
his or his wife's tarnished images. In this time of war and
danger, I am so grateful to have a President whom the soldiers
On Special Report with Brit Hume, (hosted by Jim Angle this
evening), at the close of the show when they normally have some
funny video clip, they showed President Bush and the First Lady
on their way to Marine One to leave for Camp David for the weekend.
As the video starts, the First Lady is leading the way into
the helicopter with the spaniel dog on the leash, and the president
is right behind her with the Scotty on the leash. As the First
Lady entered the chopper, the Marine at the gangway saluted
and held his salute. The Scottie the president was walking decided
it wanted to squat right when he got to steps. The president
pulled on its' leash, but the stubborn Scottie persisted in
squatting. The president bent down and scooped up the pooch
and entered Marine One. After he entered, the Marine cut his
salute and returned to the position of attention. Moments later
the president reemerged from the helicopter and out onto the
steps. The Marine was standing at attention, head and eyes straight
ahead. The president leaned over and tapped him on the left
arm. The startled Marine turned his body toward the president
and received his returned salute! I was so impressed by this
true act of respect for our military people by our president!
He really does get it. Most any other person of his stature
would have just continued his journey, disregarding the neglected
return salute. Not George W. Bush. He is earning the respect
of the military community, not expecting it-as most have and
would. Our President George W. Bush The man who admitted
to having a drinking problem in younger years, and whose happy-go-lucky
lifestyle led him to mediocre grades in college and an ill-fated
oil venture. Who mangled syntax, and whose speaking missteps
became known as "Bushisms." He came within a hair's breadth
of losing the election in November. While votes were counted
and re-counted, Bush quietly but confidently waited at his ranch.
Make no mistake, his orders were carried out, but he stayed
in the background, faithful and confident. Bush named Jesus
Christ as Lord of his life on public TV. Not an Oblique reference
to being "born-again" or having a "life change." He actually
said the un-PC-like phrase, "Jesus Christ!" On September 11,
he was thrust into a position only known by Roosevelt, Churchill,
Lincoln, and Washington. The weight of the world was on his
shoulders, and the responsibility of a generation was on his
So President George W. Bush walked to his seat at the front
of the National Cathedral just three days after two of the most
impressive symbols of American capitalism and prosperity virtually
evaporated. When the history of this time is written, it will
be acknowledged by friend and foe alike that President George
W. Bush came of age in that cathedral and lifted a nation off
its knees. In what was one of the most impressive exhibitions
of self-control in presidential history, President George W.
Bush was able to deliver his remarks without losing his resolve,
focus, or confidence. God's hand, which guided him through that
sliver-thin election, now rested fully on him. As he walked
back to his seat, the camera angle was appropriate. He was virtually
alone in the scene, alone in that massive place with God, just
him and the Lord. Back at his seat, George H.Bush reached over
and took his son's hand. In that gesture his father seemed to
say, "I wish I could do this for you, son, but I can't. You
have to do this on your own." President George W. Bush squeezed
back and gave him a look of peace that said, "I don't have to
do it alone, Dad. I've got help." What a blessing to have a
professing Christian as President.
Please take a moment after you read this to "pray for him".
He truly does have the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Pray that God will sustain him and give him wisdom and discernment
in his decisions. Pray for his protection and that of his family.
After you have prayed, send this to everyone on your e-mail
list. Our President needs Christians around the world to be
praying for him. As this makes the e-mail rounds, eventually
there could literally be millions of people praying for him
If you like this, read RESPECT.