You Be Careful Out Among Them English

My wife is from Lancaster County, PA, and her family has strong ties to the local Mennonite community. Her mother is one of the leading authorities on Amish quilts in the country. For those and other reasons, I got a big kick out of this story:

President Bush met privately with a group of Old Order Amish during his visit to Lancaster County last Friday. He discussed their farms and their hats and his religion. He asked them to vote for him in November.

The Amish told the president that not all members of the church vote but they would pray for him.

Bush had tears in his eyes when he replied. He said the president needs their prayers. He also said that having a strong belief in God is the only way he can do his job.

This story has not been reported before. You might think an observant press follows the president everywhere, especially during a re-election campaign, but no reporter attended this meeting.

It’s nice stuff, read the rest, but one bit was cause for (mild) shock on my part:


14 Responses to “You Be Careful Out Among Them English”

  1. Ezra Zooks Says:

    I can only imagine your reaction if Bush had been denied homemade wetbottom shoo-fly pie.

  2. Brass Says:

    Moon Pies and RC Cola, life doesn’t get any better.

  3. PoliBlog Says:

    Give Me Whoopie Pies (I’ll Pass on the Whoopi Goldberrg)

    I’m with Will Collier:I love Whoopie Pies. They’re what a Moon Pie ought to be if Moon Pies were actually edible. Oh, and he notes a nice story about President Bush visiting the Amish. (Yes, all of a sudden the…

  4. Matt Says:

    Well it’s like when the customs agents confiscate Cuban cigars at the airport. The destroy them by burning – one at a time. We all know what the secret serice guy did …

  5. Mike Says:

    “if Moon Pies were actually edible”

    Somebody wash Will’s mouth out with soap, and quick. Them’s fightin’ words. What’s next, making fun of Sun Drop? Might as well set Old Glory alight while you’re at it. 😉

  6. Deacon Blues Says:

    Oh, for a grape Nehi and a moonpie! Sometimes I really miss the Alabama of my youth (Pratville).

  7. Scott Janssens Says:

    Freaky, I just watched Witness for the first time last night.

  8. Outside The Beltway Says:

    Beltway Traffic Jam

    The Thursday linkfest: Will Collier tells us what a whoopie pie is.
    Kevin Aylward discusses the new I-rack policy of giving free boob jobs to soldiers.
    Dale Franks thinks Sandy Berger is getting different treatment than “the little guy.”
    Jeff Gol…

  9. Dave Straub Says:

    “At the end of the session, Bush reportedly told the group, ‘I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn

  10. Ken Summers Says:

    Will, I don’t know where you’re located, but if it’s in Los Angeles you just might get another chance at a Whoopie Pie.

  11. Dave Says:

    Mr. Straub,
    I don’t believe that the President is doing anything that he pleases and then says that he has G-d’s favor. It’s more like submitting yourself to G-d’s will, letting the Spirit in and trying to be as Christ-like as you can, which in this day & age is pretty darned difficult. It’s not “talking in tongues” or proclaiming himself G-d’s authority on earth. It’s more like trying to be the best Christian example you can be to others, without personal pride.

  12. Dave Straub Says:

    Fellow Dave:

    Fair enough. I just don’t feel that such behavior is becoming of an official elected to represent an entire country of various faiths and lacks of faith.

  13. rosignol Says:

    We elect people to Congress to represent us. IMO, Presidents are elected to govern and lead.

  14. ransom Says:

    Shame on the timing of the President’s visit. A couple of weeks ago he could’ve had a grand time at the Kutztown fair.

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