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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 01:46 AM
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Found it! Abraham Lincoln met with grieving mother twice...
Edited on Tue Aug-16-05 01:57 AM by lavenderdiva
I believe this may have been posted several days ago, but it is worth re-reading. Its that important, I feel.

link: http://www.libertyforum.org/showflat.php?Number=2938633...

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But it turns out there is historical precedent for a President to speak to a soldiers mother more than once.

Shortly after the battle of Gettysburg, Edward, the elderly White House usher, showed a careworn, tearful woman into Lincolns office. Her husband and both of her sons were in the Army, she explained, and she was finding it hard to survive. Could she have one of her sons back?

The way she told her story moved him. He stood by the fire, his head low, keeping a grip on his emotions. I have two and you have none, he murmured. He stepped over to his desk and composed an order that would secure her youngest sons discharge.

A few days later, Edward came to tell him, That woman, Mr. President, is here again and still crying.

Let her in.

The grief-stricken mother confronted him. She had found her sons regiment, she told Lincoln, only to be informed that he had just died of wounds suffered in the battle of Gettysburg. Could she not have her surviving son.

Again he said softly, I have two and you have none. He sat down to write out another order. She stood beside him, and as he wrote, she stroked his wild mane, shooting in all directions and showing gray tints, as a mother might stroke a childs. He stood up and thrust the order into her hands. He did not trust himself to say more than There! Then he hurried out of the room before he gave way to tears.


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JaneGat Donating Member (185 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 01:54 AM
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1. Here it is
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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 01:58 AM
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2. thank you so much!
I guess I still haven't really figured out the search function here on DU!
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JaneGat Donating Member (185 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 02:03 AM
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3. You're welcome.
It was a wonderful post and I'd saved it. Thanks for reposting, and glad I could help.
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tulsakatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 02:12 AM
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4. precedent
even if there weren't a precedent, I wouldn't think it would be a big deal to speak a member of a grieving family member more than once. That's just being a sensitive and compassionate person! And aren't these people supposed to be 'compassionate' conservatives?

Of course, I'm not a lawyer nor a political whiz either.........but it seems to me, it's just common sense!
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lavenderdiva Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-16-05 02:43 AM
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5. There you go again!
There you go thinking again, and trying to put logic where it doesn't fit! Stop it right now, do you hear? Stop it.

:sarcasm:

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