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‘Decent and honorable’: Novelist Brad Meltzer delivers heartfelt remembrance of George H.W. Bush

Twitchy - Sun, 12/02/2018 - 02:00

We haven’t had time to read all of the hot takes on the passing of former President George H.W. Bush — we’ve been busy keeping an eye on Twitter. Fortunately for us, that’s where bestselling author Brad Meltzer chose to write about his time with the former president in one of the most touching threads we’ve seen.

We’ll let Meltzer take it from here:

This is how I met President George H.W. Bush. He wrote me a fan later saying he loved one of my thrillers, and could I sign a copy? Of course, I sent him a book. When we finally met,

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

he spent the first ten minutes trying to convince my wife that he invented the phrase “You da Man.” She actually believed it — until Mrs. Bush started yelling: “Stop teasing the poor girl!” From there, I told him I was researching a book about the life of a former President.

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

He quickly invited me to spend a week in Houston, with unprecedented access to him and Mrs. Bush. What did I learn? That he was one of the most decent and honorable people I’d ever encountered. He loved his family, loved his sports, and believed deeply in the power of service.

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

I learned even more when I spoke to the Secret Service. Make no mistake, they don’t love everyone they protect. But President Bush? Over and over, they told the same story: That he always knew them by name, and always asked about their kids and families and hobbies.

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

He was the most powerful man in the world, but he always took time to treat you like a human being. Especially today, that level of kindness and class is a rare thing. It never left him. Over the years, we had so many adventures and laughs. He invited me to a private lunch

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

upstairs in the White House, and showed us everything from the secret passages to the Lincoln bedroom. But one of my most cherished memories of him? When I asked him about his plane crashing in WWII.

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

He was a 22-year-old pilot, yelling to his crew, signaling for them to bail out of the smoking plane. “Hit the silk! Hit the silk!“ He knew what would happen if they were captured: they’d be tortured and executed. The plane was a fireball, falling from the sky.

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

Still, he was determined to save his crewmen, John Delaney and Ted White. As the plane was going down, he turned it purposely to take the air pressure off the crew’s door. He did that to give them a better chance to survive and get out first. When his parachute opened too early,

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

George Bush’s head rammed into the bomber’s tail. When he landed, he was bleeding, vomiting, crying. He’d just survived a burning plane crash. His crewmates, despite all his actions, didn’t. Those crewmates didn’t just give their lives.

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

They gave him a reason to appreciate living. It was a gift George Bush never forgot.
The last time I saw him was a few weeks back as we honored Mrs. Bush. I’ll save that story for another day.

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

But of all the photos I have with him, this is the one I love most, him grabbing my hand with all that strength. Still gets me every time. Oh, and right now? You know what Mrs Bush just said to him? “What took you so long?” Sir, you really were the Man. #RIPGeorgeBush

— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 1, 2018

And speaking of the Secret Service, they put together a fantastic video in memory of “Timberwolf”:

The Secret Service sends our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Former President George H.W. Bush. Timberwolf, you defined patriotism and leadership throughout your life of service to this country and you will be sorely missed.

— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) December 1, 2018

Smiling thru my tears, reading and feeling all the feels from these precious special funny powerful memories …. we had the same thought that he is finally with his beloved Barbara again. Sending you a hug today from Houston as you process the loss of your dear friend.

— Geneva Smith (@GenevaSmith) December 1, 2018

Love you for this. Three class acts in this picture. So sorry for our loss.

— cgbauer (@cgbauer) December 1, 2018

What a wonderful memory to carry.

— Sean Roper (@MrSeanRoper) December 1, 2018

A rare glimpse into the man behind the President. Thank-you for sharing, Brad & I'm sorry for the loss of your friend.

— Linus O'Neil (@linusisonline) December 1, 2018

A little something in my collection to always see and remember him by…

— Christopher Lyons (@clyons376) December 1, 2018

@bradmeltzer thank you for this. I am so sorry, I know this loss is a deep and personal one for you.

— Jan Burke (@Jan_Burke) December 1, 2018

Grateful you shared this amazing story @bradmeltzer.

— Brian Tannebaum (@btannebaum) December 1, 2018

Amazing stories. Agree or not with his politics, he was a special human being. We need more like him these days. RIP Mr. President

— Brian (@loonayyy11) December 1, 2018

Dear Brad, I love your books but this will go down as the most beautiful work you've ever done. Thank you for this beautiful eulogy.

— Anne & Tom (@MannyOFay) December 1, 2018


Writer who addressed George H.W. Bush’s ‘Wimp Factor’ for Newsweek explains why he was wrong

— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 2, 2018

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SERIOUSLY?? Daily Beast hot take about Founding Fathers, Trump and the Constitution spontaneously combusts

Twitchy - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 15:45

President Trump referring to the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt” combined with other criticisms has the Daily Beast serving up this hot take wishing the Founding Fathers had done things differently:

There’s no right to jail a president in the Constitution because the Founders never imagined a crook like Trump, writes @mtomasky

— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) December 1, 2018

Oh my… where to begin?

The guys who fought a revolution against a corrupt King couldn’t imagine a corrupt executive?

It would be nice if the people who write this stuff learned basic history.

— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) December 1, 2018

The Founding Fathers imagined people far, far, worse than Trump. They imagined James II. They imagined Bloody Mary. They imagined Caligula and Nero, ffs. This is one of the stupidest, most ahistorical divorced-from-actual-reality takes I've yet seen written about the Founders.

— Jeff B. (@EsotericCD) December 1, 2018

This particular hot take is getting dragged over its own hot coals after it spontaneously combusted:

Does no one read history?

My G-d this is embarrassing.

— Nathan Wurtzel (slight return) (@NathanWurtzel) December 1, 2018

Here for the ratio…
This was a very historically ignorant take.

— WhittyMike ن (@WhittyMike) December 1, 2018

Let’s put President Trump aside for a sec. Have you … have you read the Declaration of Independence? Once you get past the “Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Happiness” part there is a pretty extensive dragging of the King of England calling him a lot worse things than a “crook.”

— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) December 1, 2018

Journalism schools clearly don’t require enough history classes.

— Theodore Abraham Washington LXIX (@TheHorse34) December 1, 2018

Well, at least criticizing the president isn't racist anymore

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) December 1, 2018

It’s been 2 years already. #trumpderangementsyndrome

— The Other Craig (@bluesfn1988) December 1, 2018

This may be the dumbest headline I have ever seen.

— Lukas Petersen (@LUKABUS89) December 1, 2018

And that’s a high bar these days!

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Larwyn's Linx: New Details Confirming FBI Used Fake Pretexts To Start Investigating Trump

DougRoss - Sat, 12/01/2018 - 14:36
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New Details Confirm FBI Used Fake Pretexts To Start Trump Probe: Margot Cleveland
Robert Mueller’s Plan: Andrew C. McCarthy
Dershowitz: DOJ must hold Mueller report until Trump can rebut it: Daniel Chaitin

Report: Mueller Probes Ivanka, Don Jr. on ’Trump Tower Moscow’: Joshua Caplan
BuzzFeed: Trump Org offered Putin $50M penthouse in Trump Tower Moscow: Exam
Schiff: We'll Investigate Trump Org Plan To Give Putin A $50 Million Apartment: Hot Air

Former President George H.W. Bush Dead at 94: WFB
George H.W. Bush, RIP: BattleSwarm
Trump to attend former President George H.W. Bush's funeral: David Mark

Sorry, You Can’t Protect Mueller: Rich Lowry
Pelosi Vows To 'Rescue Our Democracy,' But It's Her Party Breaking It: IBD
Rebel Democrats regroup, vow to hold firm against Pelosi: Laura Barrón-López


New: 91% of Central American Asylum Seekers Have Bogus Claims: Katie Pavlich
Gosar: No Downside for Trump in Shutting Down Government to Get Wall: Robert Kraychik
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How Dems Stole CA Elections — Legally, Through ‘Ballot Harvesting’: Joel B. Pollak
Comey To Court: Force Congress To Let Me Testify Publicly Or Not At All: Ed Morrissey
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Alaska Rocked After Major Earthquake Hits Near Anchorage: Joshua Caplan
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Bongino: Rosenstein, Mueller ‘knee-deep’ after Uranium One whistle-blower raid: Samantha Chang
Geraldo Rivera And Dan Bongino Raise Their Voices In Fiery Migrant Caravan Debate: DC
WaPo, NYT Lament Auto Workers Blaming GM—Not Trump—For Layoffs: Brent Scher

NPR Blatantly Lies About Donald Trump Jr.’s 2017 Senate Testimony: Mollie Hemingway
Hannity, Solomon and Carter Preview the Penultimate Tick-Tock: CTH
Radio station stops playing "Baby It's Cold Outside"; cites concerns about lyrics: CBS


Rubio: U.S. Should Do More to Hold Cuba Accountable for Sonic ‘Attacks’: Susan Crabtree
China and America Compete for World Dominance: Stuart Schneiderman
Swedes become second-class citizens as migrants receive priority for housing and jobs: VoE

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Military warns EMP attack could wipe out America, 'democracy, world order': Paul Bedard
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The End. Godspeed, Sir: MOTUS
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