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JAN'S NEWSLETTER . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . JANUARY 29, 2003
We hope to have our Newsletter going again soon, if we can ever
get finished with "undecorating" the houses for Christmas. We
wanted to send you the piece below, which was sent to us by a
good friend. As he said, we "hope you like it as much as I do
.... Even if you've already seen it, I think it's worth a
Whether you do or do not like George W. Bush as our President,
this message reveals some interesting plateau's he has reached.
First, an observation. Have you noticed a difference in the
salute given by our military men and women as President Bush
Most folks would not notice anything, but those of us who have
served in the military see it right away.
Next time pay 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 many years, though it is a customary
courtesy to the Commander-in-Chief.
You see, soldiers aren't required to turn and face the President
as they salute. They are only required to salute.
Why is such respect afforded to President Bush?
The following incident from Major General Van Antwerp may give
us an insight. Gen. Antwerp is president of the Officers'
He lost nearly all his staff when the Pentagon was attacked
September 11th. His executive officer LTC Brian Birdwell was
badly burned and in the hospital when President Bush visited
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. The injured soldier returned the salute out of respect
to his President .... a Soldiers' President.
Congressman JC Watts said, "Character is doing the right thing
when nobody is looking."
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 clips, 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. 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 sit .. right when he got to the
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.
Moments later the President reemerged from the helicopter and
out onto the steps. The Marine was standing at attention, the
President leaned over and tapped him on the arm. The startled
Marine turned his body toward the President and received his
returned salute! This is a true act of respect for our military
people by our President!
President George W. Bush. The man who admitted to having a
drinking problem in younger years, whose happy-go-lucky
lifestyle led him to mediocre grades in college and came within
a hair's breadth of losing the election in November.
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 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.
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
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 onto 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
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
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
Pray for his protection and that of his family.
Our President needs Christians and God fearing people, Democrats
and Republicans alike,to be praying for him. Eventually there
could literally be millions of people praying for him, and for
our Great Country ....
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