Grieving mother’s war protest draws supporters
50 join woman who camps outside Bush’s ranch during his vacation
Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., stands in front of her tent on the road that leads to Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, on Thursday. Her son was killed five days after he arrived in Iraq.
CRAWFORD, Texas – Cindy Sheehan’s eyes well with tears when she talks about her oldest son, Casey, an easygoing young man with a quiet wit.
Casey joined the Army in 2000, never imagining he would see combat. Five days after he arrived in Iraq last year, the 24-year-old was killed in Sadr City.
Sheehan knows nothing can bring back her son, but she wants to talk to President Bush. The Vacaville, Calif., mother has been camping out along a road near his ranch since Saturday, vowing to remain until his Texas vacation ends later this month.
“Before my son was killed, I used to think that one person could not make a difference,” she said Wednesday under a tent where she has slept since arriving. “But one person that is surrounded and supported by millions of people can be heard.”
Pointless’ meeting with Bush staff
Bush National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and a deputy White House chief of staff talked to Sheehan on Saturday. She said the meeting, which she called “pointless,” lasted 20 minutes. The White House said it lasted 45 minutes.