Despite a growing protest movement against the Iraq war, President Bush remains determined to “stay the course.” He offers sympathy to grieving parents, but his attention seems to be elsewhere. So he seemed not to notice the people gathered along the roadside when, on a recent hot August day, his limousine drove past a crowd of Gold Star Mothers and their supporters.
Too bad, because the president would have seen t-shirts that ask him to “Talk to Cindy,” a reference to Cindy Sheehan, the California mother whose son, Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq last year. After her son’s death, Sheehan created Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization through which families that have lost sons in the Iraq war can work for peace. Few noticed Sheehan’s campaign until President Bush retreated to Texas for his annual ranch vacation.