A 21-year veteran of the US Air Force called The Glenn Beck Program on Thursday to express his gratitude to President George W. Bush — and Glenn for his complimentary words about the Bush family.
“I just retired from the Air Force last year after 21 years. And serving under that man and meeting him, the things he did for the troops, the things he’s still doing, the generosity. You said he respected the office . . . the respect that he had for the troops, and the love that we have for him is really immeasurable,” Caller Phil said.
Conversely, Phil noted how Obama’s actions had a similar, immeasurable impact.
“To see what Obama did to us and throw all of our victories away there . . . hurt the troops like you have no idea,” Phil said.
Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: Hello, Phil, you’re on The Glenn Beck Program.
CALLER: Hey, Glenn, how are you doing?
GLENN: Very good.
CALLER: I just wanted to tell you that I really appreciate your sincere message to the Bush family. For a long time, you know, I — I had some problems with the things you were saying about President Bush, you know, when he was in office. But I understand it was just a policy thing, it wasn’t personal.
PAT: For sure.
CALLER: Serving under him for, you know — I just retired from the Air Force last year after 21 years. And serving under that man and meeting him, the things he did for the troops, the things he’s still doing —
PAT: No question.
CALLER: — the generosity — you said he respected the office — the respect that he had for the troops, and the love that we have for him is really immeasurable.
GLENN: I have never seen anybody with more love for our troops than George W. Bush.
PAT: No question.
GLENN: Have you seen his painting series he’s doing now?
PAT: He’s getting really good.
GLENN: Yeah, he’s getting really good. And he’s now painting the faces of the wounded in the war. He takes that personally.
GLENN: And they’re like family. And he is a truly, truly honorable man. Truly honorable.
CALLER: Yes, sir. And I just wanted to say one last thing. I was a recruiter for a short period of time in the Air Force, and I had met the chaplain that counseled him at Camp David. And he said, “If every American did not believe that he was taking every — taking both wars to bed with him every night, they were sadly mistaken.”
GLENN: Oh, yeah.
PAT: Oh, yeah. Totally believe that.
CALLER: And I know you didn’t agree with us in Iraq, but I was there twice. I was on the ground. And the people — the people appreciated us there. And to see what Obama did to us and throw all of our victories away there —
GLENN: I know.
CALLER: — hurt the troops like you have no idea.
GLENN: No, I do. Phil, I have said to my friends who were in the service and who have fought in Iraq, “I am sorry that we have just pissed away everything that you’ve done and all the friends that you have lost. I can’t say anything, but I’m sorry.” We took a victory, and as we always do, we — we snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory every single time.
PAT: Thanks for your service.