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    "Mom" can almost be pejorative, sometimes.  I hated it after I had my baby and all the nurses and doctors called all of us patients "moms."  It is like a pat on the head . . . but then again Dubya is the master of demeaning nicknames.

    And isn't GWB just the lamest fuck-up who ever came down the pike?  Such a wretched man.

    I think it's always apropos to contrast Dubya's treatment of Sheehan with Richard Nixon's treatment of the parents of Melvin Newlin (from Ambrose's Nixon: Volume Two 1962 - 1972:

    [Nixon] could be magnificent in the most difficult situations.  On March 19 [1969], he was scheduled to present a Medal of Honor to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Newlin of Wellesville, Ohio, whose son, Marine Pfc. Melvin Newlin,  had been killed in Vietnam at the age of eighteen.  Before the ceremony, Nixon read the citation andbroke down himself.  H said he couldn't possibly go through with it.  But when the Newlins came into the Oval Office, he pulled himself together.

    The President read the citation, then added impromptu remarks.  "This kind of remarkable courage never occurs as an accident," Nixon said, "but only when a young man has a fine family behind him."  In a sense, he went on, he was prsenting the medal to Newlin's parents, because they had "contributed so much to this fine young man."  Mrs. Newlin burst into tears and buried her head on her husband's shoulder.  Nixon reached out in a spontaneous gesture and gave her a comforting hug.

    "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." --President Eisenhower

    by rhubarb on Fri Aug 12, 2005 at 09:12:34 PM PDT

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