Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Commander in Chief's Speech

I just watched President Bush's speech. I'm really glad this man is my Commander in Chief. No only for what he says, but for what he does. Tonite was probably the best speech I have heard from him. I hope other Americans feel the same way.
My favorite parts were at the end...
"In this time of testing, our troops can know: The American people are behind you. Next week, our Nation has an opportunity to make sure that support is felt by every soldier, sailor, airman, coast guardsman, and Marine at every outpost across the world. This Fourth of July, I ask you to find a way to thank the men and women defending our freedom — by flying the flag … sending letters to our troops in the field … or helping the military family down the street. The Department of Defense has set up a website — AmericaSupportsYou.mil. You can go there to learn about private efforts in your own community. At this time when we celebrate our freedom, let us stand with the men and women who defend us all."
I have a great support system back home. Some other troops are not as lucky.
"To the soldiers in this hall, and our servicemen and women across the globe: I thank you for your courage under fire and your service to our Nation. I thank our military families — the burden of war falls especially hard on you." (emphasis added)
HouseholdSix can really attest to the difficult burden of war. I constantly admire her courage and dedication to raising SixPointFive without me around.
"I thank those of you who have re-enlisted in an hour when your country needs you. And to those watching tonight who are considering a military career, there is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces. We live in freedom because every generation has produced patriots willing to serve a cause greater than themselves. Those who serve today are taking their rightful place among the greatest generations that have worn our Nation's uniform. When the history of this period is written, the liberation of Afghanistan and the liberation of Iraq will be remembered as great turning points in the story of freedom."

He gets it. He's just a man and has his faults like we all do, but he understands. It was really nice to hear him say these closing words:
"Our enemies are brutal — but they are no match for the United States of America — and they are no match for the men and women of the United States military. Thank you. And may God bless America."

Thank you, Mr. President. And may God bless you, sir.