Bush, away on yet another vacation (this time to the “Shh-I’m-Really-Not-A-Texan-But-A-Scion-Of-The-Old-East-Coast-Establishment” family homestead in Maine), tried to head off the inevitable “Fiddling while Rome burns” criticism by meeting with the families of five Maine soldiers who died in Iraq. Here’s the report from the Kennebec Journal, a local paper.
From the paper:
One anti-war widow said she used the opportunity to voice her objections to Bush’s policies. “I said it’s time to stop the bleeding,” said Hildi Halley, whose husband, Army National Guard Capt. Patrick Damon, died June 15 in Afghanistan. “It’s time to swallow our pride and find a solution.”
She said Bush responded by saying “there was no point in us having a philosophical discussion about the pros and cons of the war.”
“…as President, you’re here to serve the people. And the people are not being served with this war.'”
She added: “I told him, `It’s time as a Christian to put our pride behind us.”
Thank you, Mrs. Halley.