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Air Force One will be leaving a few minutes late…
September 2, 2008, 6:17 pm
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[…] the President was 15 minutes behind schedule.

That’s a big slip for something so tightly choreographed, but very few people know why it happened. Here’s why.

On Dec. 10, 2006, our son, Shawn, was a paratrooper deployed on the outskirts of Baghdad . He was supposed to spend the night in camp, but when a fellow soldier became ill Shawn volunteered to take his place on a nighttime patrol–in the convoy’s most exposed position as turret gunner in the lead Humvee. He was killed instantly with two other soldiers when an IED ripped through their vehicle.

[…] When the speech was over and the President was working the crowd line, I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned to see a White House staff member. She asked me and my wife to come with her, because the President wanted to meet us.

[…] A short time later, the Secret Service opened the door and President Bush walked in. I thought we might get to shake his hand as he went through. But instead, he walked up to my wife with his arms wide, pulled her in for a hug and a kiss, and said, “I wish I could heal the hole in your heart.” He then grabbed me for a hug, as well as each of our sons. Then he turned and said, “Everybody out.”

A few seconds later, the four of us were completely alone behind closed doors with the President of the United States and not a Secret Service agent in sight.

I strongly encourage you to read the whole store at Blackfive’s.

Our nation thanks you and your family for your sacrifice, Spc. Murphy.  Godspeed.

H/T to DrewM. (@Ace’s) via Blackfive via Seamus.

Update: Forgot to mention one other thing Drew said:

Immigration, spending and a bunch of other issues aside, I think we’re going to miss this guy more than we realize.

Exactly.


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