Monday, December 22, 2008

Character vs. Image

Character has been defined as, "Who you are when no one is looking." In our day and age that has been replaced with, "How you look on TV?" or "How you look for the camera and the paparazzi?"

Say what you will about President Bush, his foreign policies, the war on terror, Guantanamo Bay, etc. but this story gives us a glimpse into his heart:

Washington Times - EXCLUSIVE: Bush, Cheney comforted troops privately

Here is a sampling...

...the size and scope of Mr. Bush's and Mr. Cheney's private endeavors to meet with wounded soliders and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort.

Mr. Bush, for instance, has sent personal letters to the families of every one of the more than 4,000 troops who have died in the two wars, an enormous personal effort that consumed hours of his time and escaped public notice. The task, along with meeting family members of troops killed in action, has been so wrenching - balancing the anger, grief and pride of families coping with the loss symbolized by a flag-draped coffin -

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