Honoring The Great Man AND His Family

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The Pink Flamingo is getting a little annoyed with the extreme of the far right who now think it is acceptable to denigrate the daughters of George W. Bush.

From Democrats for Sale comes the tale of a Great Man being rewarded for his service to the country.

“…The Reflections of Hope Award honors a living person or active organization whose conduct exemplifies in an extraordinary fashion two core beliefs of the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation: that hope can survive and blossom despite the tragedy and chaos of political violence and that, even in environments marred by such violence, peaceful approaches provide the best answers to human problems.

“Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager and the myriad projects they have undertaken in their young careers, including the Global Health Corps and UNICEF’s Next Generation, exemplify the core mission of this award and the Memorial & Museum,” said John Richels, Trustee Chairman, Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation. “As we prepare a new generation of leaders, we think it is appropriate that the Bush daughters be here to represent the leadership shown by their parents and in their own work in some of our country’s darkest days and help us continue to educate about the senselessness of terrorism and violence.”

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum will honor the Bush Family, represented by Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager, at a reception and dinner on April 20, 2011, a day after the nation marks the 16th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The reception and dinner will be at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City….”

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Sharon wrote:

“…It is no wonder with parents like George W. and Laura Bush that their two daughters are involved in giving back just like their parents.  The media had a lot to say about these two daughters who were college students but today they have grown into two young women who are making their parents very proud.  This award couldn’t be given to a finer family than the Bush Family.

My youngest daughter and I were in the audience on February 19th, 2001when President Bush came to Oklahoma City to dedicate the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Museum.  We have toured it several times since as family has come to Oklahoma to visit.  The reaction you get from this Memorial and Musem brings tears to your eyes when you see each of the cubicles dedicated to a person who lost their life that horrible day on April 19th, 1995.  Right before you enter the room, you see how the explosion blew in the wall of the Journal Record building which houses the Museum across from the National Memorial.  All the debris from the bomb was left in place.

President Bush that day talked about how one of the agents who had been with his Dad was lost in the bombing and how hard it was to be in that room with the cubicles and see the pictures and the items their families had placed with the pictures.  Remember sitting there thinking, we elected the right man to be President — no doubt about it.

Little did we realize that in less than seven months on September 11th, 2001, terrorists would strike America killing over 3,000 people in strikes in New York City at the World Trade Center, at our Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania.  Those were horrible days but when the President spoke at the Memorial Service in DC, you knew he was the right man at this point of time in the history of our country.  He had strong support from his family especially his wife which he needed as he went in several hours from President to to a wartime President on that fateful day.

Finished reading his book, ‘Decision Points’ several weeks ago — best book of this type I have ever read.  Have read plenty of books over the years about the people who make the decision that affect all of us, but President Bush’s book was different — didn’t want to put it down even though I knew the outcome.  You feel you are right there as the talks about the events of his Presidency and his life. He truly was the face of 9/11 as President, Commander in Chief, and Compassionate Leader to console those who lost so much that day….”

Perhaps the most exciting part of all of this is the fact that The Great Man is finally stepping out of the shadows and almost self-imposed exile of the first two years after leaving office.  The other day, in Florida, he said:

“…On stage, Bush told stories about entertaining dignitaries from Japan and Russia before telling a poignant story about his desire to help kids in impoverished, AIDS-ridden sections of Africa. At times, his points were punctuated by a meditative silence in the audience that Bush could jolt back with a bit of self-deprecating wit.

Bush said to be successful, leaders need to be optimistic. They need to ground themselves in faith and surround themselves with smart, talented people. But a leader also has to be able to take criticism.

“You could lose and people will say, ‘What a pathetic candidate,'” Bush said. “Or you could win and people will say, ‘What a pathetic president.'”

Bush told the audience that at one point that he was “damn sure” he wouldn’t become president, despite the support of his father, George H.W. Bush, the 41st president. Bush talked about how it was inspirational to be raised by a powerful man who still had time for his family.

So what does Bush miss most about the presidency? A high school student seemed to have stumped Bush with the question as he searched for an answer by saying things like he misses a White House chef who could make him enchiladas at any hour. Earlier in the speech he’d made a joke about how his wife, Laura, has told him his new domestic policy platform consists of dishes and yard work.

“I guess I’m just a content guy,” Bush said….”

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