George Bush Charged $100K to Speak at Wounded Veterans Event -- You Got a Problem With That?

George W. Bush spoke at a charity event for wounded veterans three years ago, so of course he's being lambasted for it in the news today, because obviously he can't do anything right. President Bush is being criticized for charging Helping a Hero $100,000 to speak at their event in 2012.

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Not only that, but the organization also provided $20,000 worth of private jet travel to Houston, and Laura Bush charged them $50,000 to speak at a 2011 event. They're obviously evil Republicans ... or something.

Or you know, maybe they helped a worthwhile charity raise record amounts of money in 2011 and 2012. The organization fund-raises to provide homes adapted for military vets who have lost limbs or sustained other significant injuries on the battlefield, and they specifically aim to help those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A former member of the board, marine Eddie Wright, lost both of his hands during a rocket attack in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, and had major criticism for the former commander in chief. "For him to be paid to raise money for veterans that were wounded in combat under his orders, I don't think that’s right," Wright said.

"You sent me to war," he continued. "I was doing what you told me to do, gladly for you and our country and I have no regrets ... But it is kind of a slap in the face."

However, Helping a Hero's former chairwoman Meredith Iler said that they were happy to spend the funds, and appreciated the Bushes helping them out. "It was great because [Bush] reduced his normal fee of $250,000 down to $100,000," she said.

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Some people complained that Bill Clinton doesn't charge vets' groups anything to speak to them ... which is funny because that's probably only because those groups wouldn't spend money for him to appear. No offense, it's just not really his crowd, as the military tends to lean Republican.

And Bush couldn't speak at every charity event for veterans for free, because he only has a limited amount of time, and how would he decide which groups needed his fund-raising boosts the most?

Meanwhile, Bill and Hillary Clinton have made $25 million in paid appearances since 2014 alone -- should they have done that for free?

Or what about the time Brian Williams skipped a scheduled Congressional Medal of Honor banquet so that he could make a cameo on Saturday Night Live? Where was the outrage over that?

I just think there are bigger things to worry about than George Bush lowering his fee to help a group of veterans raise record amounts of money to help fallen soldiers.

Do you think President Bush should have spoken for free?

 

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