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September 10, 2008

GREAT Story! Family With Down Syndrome Child Meets John McCain And Sarah Palin


RUSH: Kurt in Pittsburgh, hello, sir. Nice to have you on the EIB Network, and how about the Steelers defense?

CALLER: How about those Steelers, huh?

RUSH: How about that?

CALLER: Hey, listen, Rush, long-time listener, first-time caller, one of those Bible, family, gun clingers from western Pennsylvania.

RUSH: Thank you.

CALLER: And I wanted to share a story with you. A week ago last Saturday we went to the Palin-McCain rally in Washington, Pennsylvania, was the day after he announced her, and we have a five-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, and we made a sign that said: "We Love Kids with Down Syndrome." So when they pulled in their bus the sign did catch their, McCain and Palin and the rest of their family, it caught their eye, we could tell, they gave us a thumbs-up from the bus, so we were all excited just by that --

RUSH: Wait, wait, wait. Who gave you the thumbs up, McCain and Palin?

CALLER: McCain, Palin, Cindy McCain, we could see them from the bus. We were in a position where we had eye contact with them --

RUSH: Oh, cool!

CALLER: My wife was holding our daughter.

RUSH: Very, very, very cool.

CALLER: It was really cool, Rush. I was like, "Wow, that's awesome," because I love Governor Palin and so I thought that's really neat. So then we moved around as the bus was getting ready to pull out, we kind of positioned ourselves so we could just wave them on and a Secret Service agent came up to us and said, "Hey, can you come with us?" I was like, "Do we have a choice?"

RUSH: (laughing) You shouldn't have worried. It's not the Clinton administration.

CALLER: Right. So we accompanied them up the hill, we went right to the bus, where it was, and Governor Palin, Senator McCain, Cindy, Todd Palin, they're all standing there. We're in this inner circle with just us and them, and the Secret Service agent, and they came right up to us and thanked us for coming out, said they loved our sign, and Governor Palin immediately said, "May I hold your daughter?" and our daughter Chloe, who's five, went right to her, and I have some pictures I'd love to send you maybe when I'm done here, but Governor Palin was hugging Chloe, and then her little daughter brought their baby Trig who has Down syndrome from the bus, he was napping, and Chloe went right over and kissed him on the cheek, and my son Nolan who's nine, he thanked her.

RUSH: This is amazing.

CALLER: I will send you all the stuff, Senator McCain was talking to my son, and he thanked him for his service, and he asked my son if he wanted to see the bus, and we were hanging out and it was very surreal. I felt like we could have had a pizza and a beer with them, they were so warm.

RUSH: You know what? I want to put you on hold. I want Snerdley to give you our super-secret, known-only-to-three-people here, e-mail address.

CALLER: I will send you everything, Rush.

RUSH: And then could you send us these pictures? Would you mind if we put them on the website?

CALLER: I would be honored, and my main thing is they are warm, kind, genuine people, and they represent the best of this country.

RUSH: That's right. And when you send these pictures, make sure you identify them. I mean, we'll know Palin and McCain, of course. Identify yourselves.

CALLER: I will, I will identify everybody in the picture, Rush, and God bless you for being a beacon of hope and truth in this country.

RUSH: Oh, no, no. It's nothing, it's nothing. You're doing the Lord's work.

CALLER: Well, we're very blessed and I want people to know what a blessing it is to have a child with Down syndrome. These kids, they're angels.

RUSH: That's the thing. There's always good to be found in everything that happens. It may be a while before it reveals itself.

CALLER: Absolutely.

RUSH: Right, and when she hugged my daughter I said, here's the difference, this candidate embraces life and all it's limitless possibilities.

RUSH: All right.

CALLER: That's what she is.

RUSH: Terrific, okay, I gotta run here but I'm going to put you on hold.

CALLER: Thank you, Rush.

RUSH: Thank you, Kurt. I really appreciate it.

Wild Thing's comment..........

What a beautiful family Kurt has.

Beautiful, moving and very touching! That's what we need in this country more of. I'm proud of our ticket! And I am proud of Rush too.

I heard the caller today on Rush and was hoping to see the pictrues. Rush got right on it and his web guy. Rush always keeps his word and he love things from the heart like this too.

I have to say because it is so very true too. This is a nightmare scenario for libs. This is they type of child the work so hard to abort and Obama worked hard to re-abort, if the killing didn’t work the first time. And look at the McCain/Palin families taking them on and loving them.

This girl is adorable.

God bless all three of these families.

Posted by Wild Thing at September 10, 2008 05:50 AM


As the father of a Down Syndrome son, I can attest to the fact it does not have to be a burden. The Palen's are fortunate that Trig has older sisters. My daughter never resented her brother (11 yrs. her junior) and took him everywhere with her. She would get a little annoyed when her boyfriends paid more attention to him than her. I was oblivious to Down Syndrome before my son was born. He will be 33 this December. Anyone interested can e-mail me.

Posted by: Bob at September 10, 2008 06:54 AM

Great story. In those pictures the McCains and the Palins look very real. More real than posed.

God Bless your daughter Bob and all those with Down Syndrome and their families. One of my best friend's has a "Special" son. That young man is very capable.

Posted by: TomR at September 10, 2008 11:07 AM

I heard the story on Rush's show too. How could this be? The Dems including Barack Hussein Obama try so hard to convince everyone that Republicans don't care about people and those who are in need or with special needs. The mutual attraction and identification between the McCain/Palin team and the crowds they attract has to be giving the Dems one gigantic feeling of agita.

Posted by: Les at September 10, 2008 03:16 PM

Thanks. He is in a day program with the Devereaux Foundation. Five days a week year round. They pick him up and bring him home. They do a lot of volunteer programs such as meals on wheels. Also recreational things. Here are links to 2 pictures. One when he graduated from high school with an IEP diploma (this was taken with my daughter). That was 1997. The other is when one of the staff took his group fishing at the dayhab program. That was August 8, of this year. Biden's remarks made me sick.

Yes, they can be happy and productive members of society.

Posted by: Bob at September 10, 2008 04:07 PM

Kids are what we make them, I see children and adults with Downs Syndrome nearly every day. I have never had a single bad experience, only the contrary, all are wonderful and productive. I wish I could say that for some of those able bodied who are members of 3rd, 4th, even 5th generations on the Dole. Yes, there are a couple in my extended family, there are afflictions that are far worse. One memorable experience happened in Alaska, a Downs adult was the bagger and carryout at the local market, Dave was shy and never said much, I always let him take out my groceries, a tiny tip and he swelled with pride, one day we exited the store and a kid on a motorbike slammed into a car backing out, he'd been speeding in the parking lot, it left him with a broken leg. Dave and I were the first on the scene, Dave unloaded on the little brat about doing stupid things as we both applied first aid, a real trooper, he was much more mature than you'd believe and don't kid yourself they are fully aware. Congratulations on the sucesses Bob, they are great citizens. God Bless 'em.

Posted by: Jack at September 10, 2008 05:14 PM

Bob, I love your family and thank you again for sharing about them.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2008 07:05 PM

Tom, I agree and they did not call on the press to photograph them for some photo op. The photos belong to Kurt the Father, so the whole thing was all real and not meant to be for the media.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2008 07:11 PM

Les, hahahaha yes I agree. It has to really bug the dems. The only way they would do something like this is with a ton of hype about it and make it nothing like this was from the heart.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2008 07:13 PM

I listened to this and my heart just soared! I used to work with my late grandmother who taught children and adults with all forms of disabilities, including those with Down Syndrome and you know what? Those people are some of the most fantastic and wonderful people you will EVER meet in your life!!! God blessed them incredibly!!!!
I remember one young man in the 70s who used to dress up in a little black dress and pearls, high heels and black stockings, put on a Carol Channing wig and do "Hello Dolly." He was amazing!
I am so excited to see how they made time for this family, even though they didn't have to.
We are on the verge of something fantastic and the dummys just can't quite get there, can they? They don't understand how we feel about our children and family members who might be disabled.
God, I loved working with those kids. I miss so many of them. They have always been a bright spot in an otherwise desolate world. They can always make you smile!

Posted by: Lynn at September 10, 2008 07:15 PM

Bob thank you for the links to the photos. I LOVE theh one where he has cauoght a fish, that smile is so big and he is soooo happy.


I still have that one you sent to me and the others I saved them and put them in frames in my office.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2008 07:17 PM

Jack thank you for sharing about that, what a great story.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2008 07:20 PM

Lynn, thank you so much for sharing about working with them. I agree they are so special and teach us things too along the way. I taught swimming to Special Needs children and I cherish those memories.
Thank you again Lynn.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 10, 2008 07:25 PM