While a growing number of NFL players, including four from the Miami Dolphins, protested against what they believe is wrong with America by their refusal to stand for the national anthem, former President George W. Bush had something else in mind.
His thoughts were on the nearly 3,000 innocent people who’d lost their lives 15 years earlier.
When he stepped out onto the field in Dallas to participate in the coin toss before the Cowboys and the New York Giants battled, he was accompanied by first lady Laura Bush and two first responders from that day.
The inclusion of the first responders gave a hint that something else was afoot — and it was. Fox News posted to its Facebook page:
And Bush posted a similar message to his own page with these words:
Honored to be with David Norman and Robert Zajac of the New York Police Department today, first responders at Ground Zero fifteen years ago.
For many of us, today may feel like any Football Sunday in America. For David, Robert, first responders, and those who lost loved ones on 9/11, the memories of that dark day are fresh – and so is the pain.
Laura and I hold the victims of 9/11 and their families in our hearts, and on this anniversary, we lift them up in our prayers. May God bless all who mourn, and may He continue to bless and watch over our great land.
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And the first lady added her own message
Here’s the greatest five minutes of the day.
And that’s how it’s done — with class and grace.
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