Who can forget this image of the president bowing to the Saudi King?
Or when he bowed to the Japanese Emperor?
Or how about how about when he apologized to Muslims during a speech in Egypt early in his presidency?
So, could anyone image him, or anyone in his administration, saying anything like these folks below?
In the early 1960’s Charles DeGaulle, President of France, told JFK’s Secretary of State Dean Rusk that he wanted all US military presence gone from France after France pulled out of NATO.
Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?”
Not a big fan of Colin Powell since he voted for Obama after flirting with a run at the presidency as a Republican a few years back. I have wanted to ask him if he voted for Obama because of his policy positions or for another reason. I mean, why would a long time Republican suddenly decided that a Socialist-Democrat had all the answers?
When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of ‘empire building’ by George Bush.
Powell answered by saying, “Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”
There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking parts, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, “Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?”
A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: “Our carrier have three hospitals that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day; they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day; and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and their flight decks. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?”
This one is my personal favorite:
A US Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the US, English, Australian, and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but French Admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?”
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, “Maybe it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”
This next one isn’t exactly the same as above but I wanted to include it anyway. Anytime anyone tweaks the noses of the French I gotta love it.
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman, arrived in Paris by plane. At French customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in has carry on.
“You have been to France before, monsieur?” the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
“Then you should know enough to have your passport ready.”
The American said, “The last time I was here, I didn’t have to show it.”
“Impossible…Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France,” snorted the snotty French customs official.
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained, “Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchman to show a passport to.”
Memorial Day is fast approaching. For many out there, this is the start of summer. But for a rapidly dwindling generation, it is time to remember those who did not come back from Europe or the Pacific Theater. I want you to remember not only those who we left behind more than 65 years ago but those that did come home. There aren’t very many of them left and if you have a chance to say thank you, please take a moment out of your day. You’ll be glad you did, trust me on this.