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ecoalex Donating Member (718 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-10-05 01:10 PM
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87. There was no smear, Cindy may have had a change of heart, she did change
I don't see that Drudge did misquote Ms Sheehan from the Vacaville , Ca. newspaper her home town that carried her quote in April of 2004. Let's be honest, credibility is important, emotions are not rational.Factually Cindy did say what was quoted by Drudge, as much as you may not like it, Sheehan had a change of heart, all Drudge was saying, a fact..

http://www.thereporter.com/search/ci_2923921 Article Launched: 06/24/2004 06:00:00 AM

in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.

"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."

The meeting didn't last long, but in their time with Bush, Cindy spoke about Casey and asked the president to make her son's sacrifice count for something. They also spoke of their faith.

While meeting with Bush, as well as Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, was an honor, it was almost a tangent benefit of the trip. The Sheehans said they enjoyed meeting the other families of fallen soldiers, sharing stories, contact information, grief and support.

For some, grief was still visceral and raw, while for others it had melted into the background of their lives, the pain as common as breathing. Cindy said she saw her reflection in the troubled eyes of each.

"It's hard to lose a son," she said. "But we (all) lost a son in the Iraqi war."

The trip had one benefit that none of the Sheehans expected.

For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.

For the first time in 11 weeks, they felt whole again.

"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said.


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