CRAWFORD, Texas-- The roadside antiwar vigil of Cindy Sheehan who lost a son in the Iraq war continued near the 16,000 acre ranch of George Bush, and it has drawn the sympathy of the American President.
"It is just awful what we are doing in Iraq," admitted the President. "All that death and torture! I fully understand her point of view. But we really need that Iraqi oil for Exxon Mobil and other fine US oil companies."
Speaking to reporters, Bush said he has heard the voices of Cindy Sheehan and many other grieving family members who say the US should get the heck out of Iraq because of the soaring death toll.
"I grieve for every death," Bush said. "It breaks my heart to think about a family weeping over the loss of a loved one. But you gotta understand that we really need that oil since I'm sure not going to adopt a policy of energy conservation! We also need to maintain profits for Big Oil!"
"We also have to defend the US dollar because remember that Saddam had tried to sell his oil in Euros!" Bush continued. "That put the PetroDollar and our very own greenback at risk! I also understand the anguish that our Wall Street bankers felt when that took place. So we just had to invade."
A growing mass of thousands of war protesters who have lost loved ones in Iraq gathered along the shoulder of the narrow road leading to Bush's ranch.
"The best way for Bush to show his compassion is by meeting with me and the other mothers and families who are here" Sheehan said. "Our sons made the ultimate sacrifice and we want answers. All we're asking is that Bush sacrifice an hour out of his five-week vacation to talk to us before the next mother loses her son in Iraq."
Celeste Zappala of Philadelphia said her son Sgt. Sherwood Baker was killed while looking for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction.
"This war is a betrayal of our military," Zappala said. "It is a betrayal of our democracy." The protesters have posted placards along the roadside asking, 'Who would Jesus bomb? Who lied? Who died? Who paid? Who profits?' They also planted thousands of white crosses into the ground along the road.
Sheehan met Bush shortly after her son died but has stated that Bush treated her callously. She also co-founded Gold Star Families for Peace, an organization of people who have lost loved ones in Iraq and who oppose the war.
"Jeezus," countered Bush as he sat in his golf cart. "Everybody knows who profits from these wars. Rich Republicans like Dick and me. Halliburton, Exxon Mobil, big defense contractors and Wall Street bankers, and many, many other fine Republican companies. Why can't these people understand that?"
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