Bill and Georgia Thomas reported they were elated Monday when they met in the Oval Office with President George W. Bush to present him with a Purple Heart.
“We were just absolutely bowled over. Without reservation, it was one of the highlights of our life. He was such a gracious host,” Thomas said. “It was just an incredible, incredible experience.”
The couple was able to meet with President Bush for about 20 minutes to present him with one of three Purple Hearts that Bill Thomas received during his service in Vietnam.
Wait, wait, it gets better.
Thomas said he and his wife came up with the unprecedented idea to present the president with the Purple Heart over breakfast one morning a few months ago as they discussed the verbal attacks, both foreign and domestic, the commander in chief has withstood during his time in office.
“We feel like emotional wounds and scars are as hard to carry as physical wounds,” Thomas said.
“He said he didn’t feel like he had earned it,” Thomas said, noting the president looked thinner in person than on television.
Really? And yet…he took it.
I wonder if any mention was made of this:
It seems like only a few short years ago that the Republicans were busy mocking the Purple Heart by suggesting that all three of John Kerry’s were unearned. Mouth-breathers like the above decorated themselves with “Purple Heart bandaids” to make fun of the military honor. You can hardly blame them though; what else were they supposed to do, considering their guy not only avoided serving in Vietnam by getting a cushy Air National Guard assignment in Texas, but didn’t even bother showing up for that, either. The other members of the Triumvirate, Cheney and Rove, also didn’t go to Vietnam, citing “better things to do”.
So now a Vietnam vet has given his Purple Heart medal to a guy who has avoided serving in Vietnam, mocked recipients of the Purple Heart and, for the trifecta, started another Vietnam. Perhaps Mr. Thomas can replace his missing medal with this one:
Republicans always insist we support the troops. Why on earth do the troops support them?