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Bloviating Zeppelin: The President Took A Jog On Tuesday

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The President Took A Jog On Tuesday

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer Tue Jun 27, 6:36 PM ET

President Bush took a jog Tuesday with a soldier who lost part of both legs in Iraq, following through on a bedside promise even the president had doubts about at the time.

Despite a slight drizzle, Bush and Staff Sgt. Christian Bagge took a slow jog around a spongy track that circles the White House's South Lawn. About halfway through their approximately half-mile run, Bush and Bagge paused briefly for reporters.

"He ran the president into the ground, I might add," Bush said, as the two gripped hands in an emotional, lengthy shake. "But I'm proud of you. I'm proud of your strength, proud of your character."

The president met the soldier on a New Year's Day visit to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where Bagge had been recuperating from his injuries for months. Bagge, now 23 and a native of Eugene, Ore., was in a convoy hit by roadside bombs a year ago in the remote Iraq desert south of Kirkuk.

Bagge's left leg was amputated just above the ankle, and his right leg ends just above the knee.
He told Bush during their January visit that he wanted to run with him. Bush was an avid runner who had mostly traded the activity for mountain biking in the last couple of years because of knee problems.

"I looked at him, like, you know, there's an optimistic person," Bush said. "It's an amazing sight for me to be running with a guy who, last time I saw him, was in bed wondering whether or not — I was wondering whether or not he'd ever get out of bed."

But, the president added, in tribute to the hard work Bagge did to realize this goal, "There was no doubt in his mind that he would."

"It's a privilege," commented Bagge, who had changed in the Oval Office into a special set of prosthetic legs that he uses to jog.

And then the pair took off for the remainder of their run.


Simply tired of the negativity, I believed it was time to point out: there are positive things in our lives and in our nation.



Blogger Bushwack said...

Ok BZ That was one of the better storiees I've heard in a long time. Thanks.

Wed Jun 28, 06:28:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

I wholeheartedly concur, Bushwack! A small piece, but positively inspiring, nevertheless. Every once in a while, I just have to know that something good IS happening in this country -- though you would never know by the DEM.

Wed Jun 28, 06:43:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...


Off the topic: anyone but me notice that Robosquirrel's "People Covered In Fish" blog is completely gone and shows as a totally white screen?

Anyone have any word?


Wed Jun 28, 07:52:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

Thanks for that, Bushwack!

BZ, yes, I noticed that too. I wondered if he just quit, or if he ticked of Google and got wiped out. Is that possible?

Wed Jun 28, 08:43:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

Sorry, my bad! Forgot whose blog I was on. Sheesh!

Wed Jun 28, 08:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Gayle: no, you're correct, you're on the right blog. I had asked the question and, far as I can tell, you answered it with regard to Robosquirrel's presence on the net. He's gone and I don't know why -- I didn't see anything about it pre-announced on his blog.

I know he recently got a new assignment. Maybe he's just super busy and decided that, logically, blogging just took too much time.


Wed Jun 28, 10:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Dionne said...

This is just another reason I love this man. Awesome story and great for a post. I love that pic!!

Wed Jun 28, 11:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

LMC: He did the right thing for the right reason. No doubting our President Bush has Heart.


Thu Jun 29, 01:06:00 PM PDT  

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