Though I did not see or hear the dialogue, when I heard of it, I was struck. Senator John McCain, a former Prisoner of War, admittedly, does not always agree with the President. However, today, this compassionate conservative offered his support.
In an interview aired on Fox News the Senator stated, “I have seen him, I have seen his care, and I have seen him grieve. And I’m sure he wouldn’t like to hear me say this, but I saw him afterwards. He was very, very grieved. And that’s the job of the President of the United States. He fully appreciates the tragedy of the loss of these brave young Americans.”
However, Cindy Sheehan does not believe that Mr. Bush cares.
• If you have not before, Please listen to Cindy and hear her plea. Look into her eyes; see her face, her tears, and her pain. Again, I offer the link to an advertisement paid for by the Gold Star Families for Peace. I think this a worthwhile viewing. The singular spokesperson is Cindy Sheehan. She speaks to the President and asks him to care as he has not in the past.
Mrs. Sheehan said the June 2004 meeting lasted ten minutes. Mrs. Sheehan was among a group of families meeting with Mr. Bush and Senator John McCain. She said of the President, “He called me Mom.” She states, that felt disrespectful. It created a distance and for this deeply grieving mother, for this person, Cindy, it was a show of insincerity.
Mrs. Sheehan offered she did not feel as though she was a unique person to this supposedly compassionate man. Cindy Sheehan wanted to have an opportunity to ask questions and to state her genuine concerns. This was not possible in the time or space allotted. Sheehan asserts reports of her sentiment and her appreciation for the “the gift of happiness,” were distorted.
Please refer to the original reference, as published in TheReporter.Com.
Bush, Sheehan’s share moments By David Henson/Staff Writer
Mrs. Sheehan believes the Reporter article misrepresented her and her feelings. It put forth an image that promoted the Bush war agenda. She states that does not want her story to be used as propaganda. The President needs no more proses. He has plenty advancing his intention to kill. She does not want her words to be among these.
However, the Sheehan situation is, in some cases, advancing the President’s cause. People are pouring into Crawford; many are coming to express their disapproval of the Sheehan family.
Matt Drudge, a man considered to be an “Internet gossip” is also gaining greater fame from the Sheehan story. Drudge is claiming that this protesting mother has “Changed her story on Bush.” Media Matters for America challenges his assertion. They are “Tracking a lie through the conservative media” and reporting on Cindy Sheehan “changed her story on Bush”?
There are so many liesThere are so many “lies,” “tall tales,” and “truths” in the wind. Mrs. Sheehan is only asking for an audience with the President, asking him to address some of these issues. Yet, her request for transparency and compassion are denied.
Mr. McCain speaks of compassion, his own and the President’s. Yet, he states in this Fox News interview he has no memory of Cindy Sheehan. This fascinates me. Was the meeting so meaningful that it was not memorable and if so, can we trust his recollections of the President? I would be interested in hearing Cindy Sheehan speak of the meeting again and this time, I would hope she would mention her impressions and interactions with Arizona Senator John McCain. These might be quite revealing.
WALLACE: Let me switch, if I can, to another subject: Cindy Sheehan, I suspect you know who she is?
WALLACE: The woman whose son was killed in Iraq last year, who’s now camped outside the president’s ranch. It’s clear that she has joined with some left-wing anti-war groups and has even taped a commercial, which we’re going to show later, in which she accuses the president of lying.
Question though: If you were the president, would you meet with her?
MCCAIN: I don’t know if I would or not, Chris, because he did already meet with her once, as you know. And that, I think, probably was sufficient. But this thing has blossomed.
Look, I’ve been with the president of the United States when he has met with the families of those brave young men and women who have sacrificed. I have seen his compassion. I have seen his love. I have seen his concern. So any charge of insensitivity or uncaring on the part of this president, is absolutely false. He cares and he grieves.
WALLACE: Now, I know you were on that campaign trip in June of 2004. Were you in the meeting with him when he met with Cindy Sheehan?
MCCAIN: I don’t — you know, I don’t remember her, because there was a number of families. We sort of met separately, but I did see him encounter and try to do his best to comfort these families, and I saw…
WALLACE: So when she talks about callous, jovial, acting like he was at a party?
MCCAIN: I have seen him, I have seen his care, and I have seen him grieve. And I’m sure he wouldn’t like to hear me say this, but I saw him afterwards. He was very, very grieved. And that’s the job of the president of the United States. He fully appreciates the tragedy of the loss of these brave young Americans.”
Does he? Does Senator McCain?
• Please read an excellent essay by Steve Soto, The Left Coaster. He offers a comprehensive study of The Real Reason Why Cindy Sheehan Is A Threat To The GOP