February 11, 2010

I'd post similar stuff about other politicians, except...

...except that I haven't seen any, since the days when President Bush used to visit our wounded and the families of the slain. (Like Governor Palin, he made no attempt to get publicity out of it.)

by Brigadier General (R) Anthony J. Tata, Palin Visits Walter Reed: Our Wounded Warriors Unite Us:

...Military men and women are nimble, used to changed plans, and the governor is a woman who knows what is important and accordingly makes on-the-fly course corrections as well. She upended her Sunday calendar, postponing a book event in Iowa, so that she could see our wounded at Walter Reed. She blew into the foyer at Walter Reed with her father, mother, aunt, husband and infant son, and she was quickly in Soldiers' rooms, sitting with them, hugging the wounded, chatting with the families, holding the children, signing her books, giving away every ounce of energy she had in every room. I was impressed.

As the leader of thousands of troops in combat, I've been honored to visit hundreds of wounded and had the privilege of burying too many friends and fellow warriors. Accordingly, my "insincerity detector" is pretty good and I give Governor Palin high marks. She was in the moment with those Soldiers and families. All wrapped in one person, she was leader, mother, friend, grateful American, and grieving parent.

Indeed, she slipped emotionally between comments such as, "I can see my son in you," and "I can't thank you enough for everything you've given to our great country." Her son, Track, is an active duty Soldier in the combat infantry brigade in Alaska. Clearly, she could see her son in these Soldiers because he had been driving around Iraq leading the commander's security team into the most dangerous areas, and she had been living every mother's impossibly difficult job to pray for the best and know that the worst was possible. She has walked a mile in their shoes.

Hers were quiet words, spoken in the confines of a small hospital room with the wounded Soldier, his or her family present, and perhaps Todd Palin or Chuck Heath, the governor's father, in the background....

Can you even imagine Mit Romney acting like that? He's a fine gentleman, and all, but...

Another interesting bit. She's not the only person who's "the real deal":

..The good people at the USO Metro began working with Walter Reed staff to secure a visitation time. Other VIPs were moving through the hospital that weekend with Jon Stewart and Bruce Springsteen being two of the most notable. It was Kennedy Center Honors night and what many Americans do not realize is that several film, television, and music industry stars regularly pass through with no fanfare. Jason Acuna ("Wee-Man") was a recent big hit with the wounded troops and their families...

Posted by John Weidner at February 11, 2010 8:09 AM
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