"As you can possibly see, I have an injury myself -- not here at the hospital, but in combat with a Cedar. I eventually won. The Cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter of fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your compassion, Colonel."
- George W. Bush, after visiting with wounded veterans from the Amputee Care Center of Brooke Army Medical Center; San Antonio, Texas; Jan. 1, 2006
My co-worker told me about this quote. Initially, I thought it was some type of parody toward the President. I mean, nobody could be this dumb, right?
Unfortunately, I was mistaken.
Sadly, this is an accurate quote from your president, taken from comments directed at patients of the Brooke Army Medical Center; the Amputee Care ward. Read the transcripts/see the video for yourself.
Please keep in mind that we're dealing with people who were seriously maimed and dismembered fighting in this so-called "War on terror" in Iraq. Bush's war. It's incredible how he can compare soldiers who have been severely wounded to him being "injured" by a tree. Comparing people who are missing body parts to someone with a scratch. Wow! The audacity of this guy amazes me.
Whether he was joking or not, Bush fails to realize that the soldiers whom he addressed were not just "injured"; they were wounded. Athletes and clumsy guys (like me) get 'injured'. Wounds are what you sustain in combat. Saying dumb stuff like this demonstrates the clear disconnect that Bush has with the soldiers who are out there suffering from doing his dirty work.
It's a scary thought when your Commander-in-Chief compares trees to bombs...