George and Laura Bush’s visit to Fort Hood

Posted by: ST on November 12, 2009 at 10:03 am

In the aftermath of last week’s horrifying attack on Fort Hood, which left 14 dead – including an unborn baby – former President George Bush and his wife Laura held a secret visit with those who were wounded in the attack, and their families. It wasn’t widely reported in the press … because that’s the way they wanted it:

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura secretly visited Fort Hood last night and spent “considerable time” consoling those who were wounded in Thursday’s shooting spree, Fox News has learned.

The Bushes entered and departed the sprawling military facility in secret, having told the base commander they did not want press coverage of their visit, a source told Fox News.

The couple was described as “deeply concerned” about military families on Fort Hood after Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan allegedly opened fire on soldiers and civilians, killing 13 and wounding 38.

The Bushes, who have a 1,600-acre property known as Prairie Chapel Ranch less than 30 miles from Fort Hood in central Texas, spent between one and two hours visiting the wounded and their families.

I suspect the bond some wartime Presidents have with the troops they commanded never goes away, even long after they’ve left office. Such appears to be the case with President Bush, who every once in a while during his administration could be seen with his eyes misting up while talking about soldiers and their families, and the sacrifices they were making in these uncertain and dangerous times. He did so, for example, at the 2004 Republican National Convention, marveling at how so many military families he had spoken to had told them that they were praying for him, even though it was he who had sent their sons and daughters off to war.

This kind, heartfelt gesture from the Bushes was not lost on the liberal bloggers at the Hillbuzz blog, who admittedly made fun of President Bush for years (via Gay Patriot):

If you have been reading us for any length of time, you know that we used to make fun of “Dubya” nearly every day…parroting the same comedic bits we heard in our Democrat circles, where Bush is still, to this day, lampooned as a chimp, a bumbling idiot, and a poor, clumsy public speaker.

Oh, how we RAILED against Bush in 2000…and how we RAILED against the surge in support Bush received post-9/11 when he went to Ground Zero and stood there with his bullhorn in the ruins on that hideous day.

We were convinced that ANYONE who was president would have done what Bush did, and would have set that right tone of leadership in the wake of that disaster. President Gore, President Perot, President Nader, you name it. ANYONE, we assumed, would have filled that role perfectly.

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The Bushes went and met privately with these families for HOURS, hugging them, holding them, comforting them.

If there are any of you out there with any connection at all to the Bushes, we implore you to give them our thanks…you tell them that a bunch of gay Hillary guys in Boystown, Chicago were wrong about the Bushes…and are deeply, deeply sorry for any jokes we told about them in the past, any bad thoughts we had about these good, good people.

You may be as surprised by this as we are ourselves, but from this day forward George W. and Laura Bush are now on the same list for us as the Clintons, Geraldine Ferraro, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and the other political figures we keep in our hearts and never allow anyone to badmouth.

Criticize their policies academically and intelligently and discuss the Bush presidency in historical and political terms…but you mess with the Bushes personally and, from this day forward, you’ll answer to us.

This has me missing George Dubya, and I’m not the only one. Caroline Glick writes:

It hurts to hear about an American President who cares deeply and sincerely about wounded soldiers and soldiers murdered in a terrorist attack and know that he is not the American President. It isn’t so much that I miss Bush personally. I had a lot of criticism about his policies – particularly in his last two years in office after he effectively abdicated his leadership of global affairs to Condoleezza Rice and the permanent bureaucracy in Washington.

But at least you always knew that Bush loved America and that he loved Americans. You knew that he valued America’s allies even if he didn’t always do right by them. You knew that his values were American values.

And you knew that even though you couldn’t depend on him to make an eloquent, soaring speech, that when it came to his commitment to the war on terrorism and honoring and respecting our men and women in uniform his heart always was and is in the right place, something I suspect that most in the military understood and greatly appreciated – and still do.

For the latest on the finger-pointing and missed signals that led to this terrorist attack, click here.

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  1. listing starboard says:

    The troops are probably better off NOT having our current America hating excuse of a POTUS visit with them.

  2. dprosental says:

    Dubya may not have been the best president this country has ever had, but it becomes more clear every day that he was not the worst. He is a man of compassion, a man who truly loves this country, and Laura Bush will probably go down in history as our greatest first lady.

  3. Joseph Brown says:

    The Bushes with their quiet visit to Fort Hood exude class, unlike the present president.

  4. Carol says:

    Am I wrong, or was there no mention of our current potus visiting Ft. Hood for the memorial until it was announced former President Bush and Laura had already visited?
    I heard nothing about his plans until the Bushs made the news by their caring visit.
    May G-d bless both, and the wounded soldiers and the families of those who suffer by the hand of what was supposed to be one of their own.
    May the murderer burn in h***.

  5. kareling says:

    Thank you for posting this, Sister. What a contrast to the mob of press who followed Obama’s every move on his recent midnight visit to Dover.

  6. MarkJ says:

    To paraphrase that famous Texas saying, “George W. Bush is the real deal: big hat and lots of cattle too.”

  7. LC Gregory says:

    I don’t know which surprises me less – that the Bushes did this, with intentionally no press coverage for it, or that Obama didn’t.

    As a conservative, I had my share of disputes with the Bush White House on policy (Immigration? Harriet Miers, anyone?) but I just KNEW that GWB was, at his core, a decent man. His care for the troops under his command was evident from Day 1. I’m glad to see these guys on the left realize the same thing.

  8. yo says:

    he knew the cops in cambridge were racists before he even heard what happened

    he heard the gunman was screaming ali oxbar but he can’t figure out why

    yeah, i know i spelt it wrong. on purpose

  9. Great White Rat says:

    Contrast that with Obama – who refused to meet with wounded troops in Germany during last year’s campaign unless he could bring along the media.

    It’s truly said that character is defined by what you do when no one is looking.

    As for Hillbuzz – I’m not completely surprised here. I won’t agree with them often, but last year they did impress me with their intellectual honesty. To that we can now add humility. It’s going to take cooperation between conservatives and non-statist liberals like them to get America moving in the right direction again.

  10. Bill says:

    I know many active duty military personnel who have been in the military since 911. They all have been to Iraq at least 2 times now and some 3 times. And some are in Afghanistan now. They all thell me they loved George Bush and just hate Obama.

    The reason: George Bush pushed for victory from the military to destroy our enemies and Obama pushes (needs) defeat from the military to placate his far-left liberal leaning loony political base.

    Stay tuned as Obama searches for a sure-fire method to ensure defeat in Afghanistan.

  11. Kate says:

    Perhaps some of those on the left are realizing the damage that can be done with insults. You would think the touchy-feely left would know better than sling mud. It was something we fought against during the civil rights struggle in this country. Social justice is largely based on social goodness to others….think about that before you say an unkind word, left or right.

    As the Lord would say, you are forgiven, go and sin no more….

  12. Mad Monica says:

    I agree with this post and the others on the web who have finally seen just what kind of man Bush was. No, he was not a perfect president, but there has never been any time when someone could claim he didn’t love this country and the men and women who serve it.

    The current president doesn’t give me that feeling. In fact, he gives me the heebie jeebies quite often because it has become very clear to me that rather than loving this country and its military and veterans, he feels much the opposite.

    Claim what you will Obama supporters. But never has a president treated the troops with more disdain and disrespect than Obama. And it’s starting to become clear to others as well.

    I think it’s gonna be a bumpy ride for Obama lovers and the hard left this next few years. I can’t wait.

  13. nina says:

    BO hates the military. He is a communist,son of communists. I am not surprised at his reaction. Finally the country is waking up.

  14. Carlos says:

    And who is surprised this Chicago Machine thug and his band of merry thieves and felonious tax cheats have no class?

  15. Kate says:

    Dealing with people who have no class is a no win situation…they are cocky and aggressive. I have seen my share of this kind of people. They press their issue with no deference of how anyone else might feel. It’s all about them and all the great things they can do and how everyone else is woefully inadequate. (sort of sounds like the congress today)

  16. voter says:

    George W. Bush was a good President. American citizens who were determined to destroy him will go down in history as the most disgraceful people a free society ever produced. I could, and did, always depend on him to give an honest and intelligent, pro USA speech and that is all that matters in a leader.