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#705193 - 10/09/01 02:23 PM The Man
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Registered: 05/24/01
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This was passed on to me by a friend, thought I'd like to share it with you:

Subject: "THE MAN!"
From a USAF L/Col

I just witnessed something I don't think I'll ever forget.

I was down near
the cafeteria in the Pentagon meeting a friend for lunch and I see a very
large crowd of people inside. I walk in and soon find myself standing less
than three feet away from our Commander-in-Chief and right beside the
Secretary of Defense (and a bunch of Secret Service folks).

President Bush was walking around shaking hands and thanking all of us for
what we do. He kept saying to people "Don't Worry" -- as if to say, I've got it under control. He must have shaken 1000 hands or more. What particularly struck me was his presence - not a particularly large man in stature, but he had an aura of a giant - a smile on his face, yet you can sense he was a man on a mission - a man of purpose and conviction - there was just this feeling that he is THE MAN, and he is in charge - he had a quiet confidence that was deafening!

Then, a group of folks just behind me started singing God Bless America and, in no time, the entire room - which was packed - was singing the song.

It was enough to give anyone goose bumps. If there was a dry eye in the place,
I couldn't see it (probably because my eyes weren't too dry). It was just one of those once in a life time experiences that I shall never forget.
After God Bless America, there were a few chants of "USA - USA- USA", followed by a lot of applause.

When President Bush finally made his way toward the entrance, he turned with his confident smile and waved at everyone, and the room just erupted in cheers and whistles and applause. I've been to professional football games here the noise wasn't that loud. It was just such a wonderful experience -
and it made me:

1) So very happy that George W. Bush is our president and Commander-in-Chief.
2) So proud to be an American.

Just thought I'd share.

Lt. Col Rick Jones HQ USAF/ILMY
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#705194 - 10/09/01 06:58 PM Re: The Man
Rick Offline
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What a wonderful story! I second the colonel's summation.

#705195 - 10/10/01 06:32 PM Re: The Man
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That was a wonderful letter, and from what I understand it is how the men and women in the military feel in general.
Life isn't measured by the breaths you take. Life is measured by the things that left you breathless


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