Troops at Fort Bragg, NC hear Independance Day address from Pres. Bush, give him a birthday cake and sing Happy Birthday to him...
Later, as Bush was eating lunch with the troops, he was surprised with a birthday cake, decorated as an American flag, which he proudly stood up and displayed to all. The troops sang Happy Birthday to him to celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday.
It was plain to see, in the videotaped coverage of the occasion shown on Fox News Channel, the troops love him and were delighted with his choosing to be with them on the Fourth of July---Independence Day.
They get it. They understand the vital importance of all that he has them undertaking around the world to protect this country and to promote and protect freedom and democracy. They know how highly he values their welfare and the sacrifices made by all our troops in brave service to our country. And the courageous and unselfish support and sacrifice of their families.
As do the majority of Americans and people of countries whom we are helping.
Read about it below and here.
"Bush Gives Troops Independence Day Pep Talk"
"President Bush, celebrating his fourth July Fourth as a wartime leader, said Tuesday U.S. troops will overcome persistent violence in Iraq and a rekindled insurgency in Afghanistan because the enemy is vulnerable.
"On this day when we give thanks for our freedom, we also give thanks to the men and women who make our freedom possible," Bush told an estimated 3,500 U.S. troops at an outdoor speech at Fort Bragg, home of the 82nd Airborne Division.
"You are serving our country at a time when our country needs you. And because of your courage, every day is Independence Day in America," he said.
Bush said that since the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, al-Qaida's leader in Iraq, coalition and U.S. Iraqi forces have launched more than 190 raids on targets throughout the country, captured more than 700 enemy operatives and killed some 60 more. They have captured caches of weapons, and have received intelligence to help capture insurgents, he added.
"At this moment of vulnerability for the enemy," he said, "we will continue to strike their network. We will disrupt their operations, and we will bring their leaders to justice..."
Bush paid special recognition to members of the U.S. military services who have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003.
"I will make you this promise, I'm not going to allow the sacrifice of 2,527 troops who have died in Iraq to be in vain," Bush said to the crowd of uniformed troops, who responded with a chorus of "Hooah..."
Before he spoke, Bush was shown an array of military equipment, including a loudspeaker used by a psychological warfare operations unit, by members of the 82nd Airborne and Army special operations units.
Later, in a cafeteria at the base, Bush had lunch with military personnel, making himself a salad and grabbing a piece of fried chicken and some macaroni and cheese...
Bush planned to watch the Fourth of July national fireworks display from the White House, where he and his family will celebrate his 60th birthday on Thursday..."