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Thursday, September 25, 2003

'In the eyes of an almighty.'

Here's the section of the Fox News interview with President Bush in which Bush talks about his faith and the war in Iraq:

BUSH: [... A]fter I made the decision — not made the decision — told Tommy Franks and Don Rumsfeld that they had — that they had the orders to move in on Operation Iraqi Freedom, I was in the Situation Room, and it was a dramatic moment. It was a heavy moment for me, and I wanted to come outside and reflect, so I came out and got the dogs and we walked around the South Lawn a couple of times. And it was — for me it's like going to walk in a forest. You know, it's my chance to...

HUME: You couldn't get away out here?

BUSH: Well, you learn to adjust.

HUME: I guess.

BUSH: But this was getting away, and I came and walked a couple of times and gathered my thoughts and thought very seriously, a serious reflection about what I had just done, and said a prayer or two.

HUME: Now, your faith is an integral part of your life. How often do you pray? Where you do you pray? Talk to me about that.

BUSH: Well, I pray daily, and I pray in all kinds of places. I mean, I pray in bed, I pray in the Oval Office. I pray a lot. And just different — as the spirit moves me. And faith is an integral part of my life. I — I...

HUME: How do you hold the situation in Iraq in juxtaposition to your faith?

BUSH: Well, I — first of all, I would never justify — I would never use God to promote foreign policy decisions. I recognize that in the eyes of an almighty, I am a lowly sinner, and I ask for strength and wisdom and I pray for calmness when the seas are storming, and I pray for others. I pray for — I pray a lot for families who have lost a life. I went to Walter Reed, was struck by the braveness — bravery of our soldiers, and kind of got a quiet moment afterwards and prayed for them and their families.

The other thing about America that is amazing is a lot of people pray for me. And — little old me. Seriously. And it's a powerful thought when you think about it. I'm not so sure how you translate that into would I behave differently or not, but it gives me strength and humility, to think others would take time to pray for me.

HUME: When things go badly, as many people would feel they have been in Iraq with the continuing casualties and struggles and difficulties, do you ever doubt?

BUSH: I don't think they're going badly. I mean, obviously I think they're going badly for the soldiers who lost their lives, and I weep for that person and their family. But no, I think we're making good progress. As I said I pray for calmness when the seas are storming, and I — you know, my faith is an integral part of being who I am, and I'm not going to change.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 25 September 2003 at 8:34 AM

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John-Eric Robinson:

September 25, 2003 04:03 PM | Permalink for this comment

And I pray for our present administration, that it might cultivate more humility than strength, for feigned strength it has in abundance; I have yet to see evidence of humility.

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