Perino Shares a Touching George W. Bush Story That NPR Cut From Interview
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"One of the reasons I wrote the book was because some of these stories about President Bush ... they don't get told enough," Perino explained.
She said that the story took place when Bush went to visit 25 injured soldiers at Bethesda Naval Hospital - now called Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Perino said that Bush visited a wounded Marine who had not opened his eyes since his Humvee was hit by an IED in Iraq. Although he was unconscious, his family members were overjoyed to see the commander-in-chief.
"As he asked the military aide to read the Purple Heart [commendation], we all stood at attention," Perino explained. "At the end of it, [the soldier's son] grabbed the president's jacket and he said, 'What's a Purple Heart?' And the president got down on his knee and he said, 'Well, the Purple Heart is for your dad because he's brave and courageous. And he loves you and he loves this country, and I hope you always remember that.'"
Perino said that at that moment, she saw the soldier's eyes open. Bush ran to the side of the bed and pressed his forehead to the wounded warrior's. He asked the aide to read the Purple Heart commendation again to the Marine who had just woken up.
She added that NPR did not include that touching story in the interview, but instead another story about a distraught military mother who berated Bush during that same wounded warriors visit.
"And he stood and took it. And then he told me on the chopper on the way home, 'That momma sure was mad at me. And I don't blame her a bit.' And he looked out the window and one tear rolled down his face and he didn't flick it away."
"And that's the full story and it's one of the reasons I wanted to write this book, because some of these good stories about President Bush can't be told."
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