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January 21, 2004

The Center of Rhode Island, Last Night

The Providence Journal offers a view into the living room of the most famous Bush-supporting Rhode Islander:

On Friday, Ashley's father, Thomas, received a phone call from the president's speechwriter. Pearson, a truck driver, called Ashley up from the basement.

"He said I'm in big trouble," the tall and thin fifth grader said. "I didn't believe him."

Her dad broke the news: President Bush liked her letter so much, he planned to read it in his State of the Union address on national television. The family was stunned. ...

Ashley wrote the letter right after the capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

"I wanted to make sure that the troops got notice that I was proud of them and so were my friends," she said. "I thanked President Bush for doing the right decision for going to war. I sometimes think war is wrong, but he did the right decision because we could have been killed."

Ashley's mom took a deep breath as the rhythm of the president's words signaled the speech was coming to a close.

What a thrilling and hopeful scene. Thank you, Ashley.

Posted by Justin Katz at January 21, 2004 12:57 PM