What a story:
“The troops were getting ornery, 300 of them sitting for over an hour, waiting – for no good reason, it seemed – to get in the chow line at the Bob Hope Dining Hall at Baghdad International Airport and get their turkey dinners.
“Finally, a visibly nervous U.S. administrator L. Paul Bremer III strode to the podium with Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the U.S. military commander in Iraq. The two dispensed a few quick words. Bremer then turned to Sanchez and said he had a Thanksgiving message from U.S. President George W. Bush. Bremer said the most ‘senior’ U.S. official among them should be the one to read it.
“Turning toward the stage backdrop, Bremer asked: ‘Is there anyone back there who’s more senior than us?’ Bremer’s hands, cradling the president’s speech, quavered.
“At that moment, Bush strode forth from the wings in an Army track suit emblazoned with a 1st Armored Division patch. The bored crowd shot immediately from their seats and whooped. As he surveyed the crowd, a tear dripped to the president’s cheek.
“‘I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere,’ Bush said, to another whoop. ‘Thanks for inviting me to dinner.’”
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