Brief shining moments of character
Very, very rarely, our politicians let their guards down and accidentally venture outside the huge spin machines that run modern politics.
One such event happened yesterday with Teresa Heinz Kerry’s interview with USA Today:
“Well, you know, I don’t know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don’t know that she’s ever had a real job — I mean, since she’s been grown up.”
Nevermind that Laura Bush was a school teacher and a librarian for years, I want to focus on something else.
If Mrs. Bush wasn’t working oustide the home, as Ms. Kerry assumed, then she was doing what…nothing? No. She would have been a stay at home mom – a job that is far more difficult and far more noble than any other job.
In Mrs. Kerry’s world, this wouldn’t count as a “real job”. Kerry looks down at those people who decide that their families are more important than a corporate career. Stay at home mom’s don’t have real jobs, according to Kerry.
This was a bright shining light into the character of both John & Teresa Kerry. This is the perspective they come from. Kids? That’s what nannies are for. Traditional family values? Who needs em?! This is such a liberal to the core view I don’t even know if there’s a word for it.
For comparison, I want to point out a moment shines a bright light on President Bush’s true character. In the first part of the year, the President was signing autographs and working the “rope line” in Lebanon, Ohio. A woman spoke up as the President passed:
“This girl lost her mother on 9/11,” Prince told the president.
Then everything changed.
“The president’s entire expression transformed,” Mr. Faulkner told me on Sunday. “He turned and came back against the flow and his eyes locked on Ashley’s. His face showed a man who was no longer the president, he was a father and a husband.” President Bush made his way back to Ashley and he embraced the 15-yeal old young woman. “She snuggled in with the president just like she did when she was a little girl with her dad,” Mr. Faulkner said. “I know it’s hard,” Mr. Faulkner heard the president tell his daughter. “I’m okay,” Ashley told the president. The embrace continued.
Mr. Faulkner had his Kodak digital camera with him and debated on invading this very private moment between his daughter and the leader of the free world. “For 20-30 seconds the president belonged exclusively to Ashley,” Lynn Faulkner told me. So he decided to capture the moment without invading Ashley and the president’s privacy. He held up his digital camera, not even aiming with his eye and with one click snapped just one picture. It showed in detail the face of a compassionate man who just happens to be the president comforting a young woman who lost her mother in the 9/11 attacks on America.
Mr. Faulkner told me that he saw tears in his daughter’s eyes, and saw emotion that he hadn’t seen from his daughter in 2 ½ years. Ashley told her dad, “The way he was holding me, with my head against his chest, it felt like he was trying to protect me, he wanted to make sure that I was safe.” That feeling is captured in a very clear way in this moving unscripted photo. It’s the only photo of this special embrace as the press corps had already been ushered back on the bus. And the photo was never meant for publication.
Mr. Bush was caught in a moment that was never intended for the public. You can see tears in his eyes and tears in the eyes of the little girl. It certainly says a lot about just who George Bush is.