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Posted: 3/28/2002 5:46:46 AM EDT
> Subject: Why and How the Military Salutes President Bush > > 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 military people see it right away. Watch: 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 > the 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 Bill Clinton's entire Presidency. Our > soldiers were forced to obey Clinton's 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 he gets 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 Sept.11. His executive officer LTC Brian > Birdwell > was badly burned and 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 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. 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 Marine One 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,
Link Posted: 3/28/2002 5:47:31 AM EDT
continued, > the Marine at the gangway saluted and held his salute. The Scottie the > President was walking decided it wanted to squat right when he got to > steps. The > president pulled on its' leash, but the stubborn Scottie persisted in > squatting. 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 would.
Link Posted: 3/28/2002 6:09:43 AM EDT
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