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Dear George & Laura Bush,

I am writing you today not only as a member of Gold Star Families for Peace who was in Crawford this weekend with Cindy, knocking on your door, but also as a proud Texan. As a Texan, I have a couple of words to say to you.

Whatever happened to that good old fashioned Texas hospitality and friendliness people talk so much about? When someone comes knocking at your door, especially a grieving mother who has walked hours out in the hot Texas sun especially to come see you, you really should let her in! Cindy wasn’t a threat to you Saturday and she is not a threat to you now.

Apparently Cindy is your neighbor now, at least for the month of August. Most Texans I know would invite their new neighbor over for a chat and a nice glass of iced tea at the kitchen table or, at the very least, on the patio where the three of you could have a nice little chat about the war and Casey and the rest of the 1,840 soldiers who have given their lives for your little war.

George and Laura, you have not been very neighborly. You have ignored the knocks on your door from Cindy repeatedly. I cannot imagine that you can’t hear them. You have left your neighbor out in the hot Texas sun for six days now, fighting the elements and critters around your ranch.

Honestly, George and Laura, didn’t your mothers teach you better manners than this? You should be ashamed of yourselves.


Amy Branham

Houston, TX

Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith

Nov. 1981 – Feb. 2004


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