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Story of the day: A bereaved mother sees the memoirs of Pres. Bush in a store…

“Gold Star Father,” a Marine vet who lost a Marine son in our recent wars, mentioned this in a comment the other day: I was tootling around a Big Box Store one day with my wife. I left the book section and moved on. Wife disappeared. I back tracked to find her at the book ...

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"Gold Star Father," a Marine vet who lost a Marine son in our recent wars, mentioned this in a comment the other day:

I was tootling around a Big Box Store one day with my wife. I left the book section and moved on. Wife disappeared. I back tracked to find her at the book section taking all of Bush's memoir copies off the shelf and dropping them on the floor.  I panicked for a second as I figured every camera in the store probably just targeted us. But, I kinda shrugged, watched her do it, and we moved on. She told me she did the same when Rummy's memoir hit the shelves.

“Gold Star Father,” a Marine vet who lost a Marine son in our recent wars, mentioned this in a comment the other day:

I was tootling around a Big Box Store one day with my wife. I left the book section and moved on. Wife disappeared. I back tracked to find her at the book section taking all of Bush’s memoir copies off the shelf and dropping them on the floor.  I panicked for a second as I figured every camera in the store probably just targeted us. But, I kinda shrugged, watched her do it, and we moved on. She told me she did the same when Rummy’s memoir hit the shelves.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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