Wish I had not said that.

Most of us have made comments that we immediately regret, especially when someone says something in reply to put things in perspective.  I came across a story recently that illustrated the point well.  It’s from a speech by Ron Warfuel, President of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, on June 27, 2008.  You will be amused or offended depending on your point of view. 


…Finally, I want to share with you a brief story sent to me from a faithful Brother.  The story takes place at a conference in France where a number of French and American engineers were assembled.  During a break, one of the Frenchmen returned to the conference room and commented, “Have you heard the latest stunt pulled by President George Bush?  He sent in an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims.  What’s he gong to do, bomb them?”
     A Boeing engineer quietly stood up and replied, “Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed three thousand people – three meals per day; they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh desalinated water from the sea; and they can carry up to six helicopters for use in transporting injured victims to and from their flight deck.
     The United States has seven such ships.  How many does France have?…”

Source: St. Andrew’s Cross, Fall 2008, p. 2

2 responses to “Wish I had not said that.

  1. I was always impressed by President George W. Bush most especially when he was being ridiculed because he was not doing anything so shameful as others including the current president.

  2. I have never been more proud of our young men and women serving in the First Line of Defense as well as the the First Line of Assistance.
    So many other governments have been warlords or imperialistic. Our own brave service members have been so impugned by members of our own government.
    If you ever get a chance, anywhere at all, thank a service member. I have been told, they really appreciate it.
    Pay It Forward.

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