Don't Thank Me

Yesterday morning President Bush spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast before heading out west to promote his social security plan. Here is one of the stories he shared with the attendees from the Washington Times:

Yesterday, Mr. Bush said he has witnessed “miracles” made possible by the power of prayer. He recalled meeting Veronica Braewell, a 20-year-old refugee from Liberia, in June.

“As a 13-year-old child, Veronica witnessed armed men killing children in horrific ways,” he said. “As she fled this madness, Veronica was left for dead atop a pile of bodies, until her grandmother found her.”

She was brought to Pennsylvania, where a Catholic charity found her a home and a job in a nursing home. She is studying to become a nursing assistant.

“When Veronica told me of her story, it was through the kind of tears no young woman should ever know,” Mr. Bush said. “And when she finished, she dried her eyes and said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President, for my freedom.’

“I told her it wasn’t me she needed to thank; she needed to thank the good hearts of the United States of America. The America that embraced Veronica would not be possible without the prayer that drives and leads and sustains our armies of compassion.”

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