Fw: A Christian President!

wbwhite wbwhite at MADBBS.COM
Sun Feb 2 16:54:59 MST 2003

Great post, Sue.  Thanks.  These details speak volumes about the man we
are fortunate to have at the helm during this time of crisis.  I was
skeptical of him during the nomination process.   But as the the
campaign progressed, I realized we had a most worthy leader.   He has
the mantle of destiny upon him, and he has consistently met the test.  I
am thankful.


Sue Rojas wrote:

> This is interesting. An article from my dad. Sue
>  A Christian as a President...
> Whether you do, or do not, like George W. Bush as our President, this
> message reveals some interesting plateaus he has reached.
> First, an observation. 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 those of us who have served in the
> military see  it right away.
> Next time pay close attention 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 a 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 the previous administration. Our soldiers were
> forced to obey his 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 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
> September 11. His executive officer LTC Brian Birdwell was badly
> burned
> and was 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 almost 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," (My favorite quote of all time). The
> nation and world learned some of what our last President did when
> nobody
> was looking. That President has been disbarred, 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 salute -- fully.
> On Special Report with Brit Hume, 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 Maine 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 that the president was walking, decided it wanted to sit just
> when he got to the steps. The president pulled on its leash, but the
> stubborn Scottie persisted in sitting. 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.
> 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 2000.
> 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 the likes
> of  Roosevelt, Churchill, Lincoln, and Washington. The weight of the
> world was on his shoulders, and the responsibility of a generation was
> on his soul.
> 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.
> And after you have prayed, send this to everyone on your e-mail list.
> Our President needs Christians, Democrats and Republicans alike, to be
> praying for him. As this makes the e-mail rounds, eventually there
> could
> literally be millions of people praying for him, and for our Great
> Country.
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