George W. Bush cried while visiting wounded soldiers

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George W. Bush Cried While Visiting Wounded Soldiers

Even the leader of the free world can't help but cry sometimes.

Fox News host Dana Perino is out with her first book, "And The Good News Is: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side," in which she talks about her time as former President George W. Bush's press secretary.

In one excerpt, which she published on the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal, she talks about heartwarming moments in 2005, when she and Bush were visiting families at the Walter Reed military hospital in Washington D.C.

Bush was awarding a Purple Heart to a wounded Marine who had not opened his eyes since being hit by an IED in Iraq. After the presentation, the soldier came to and the president rushed over to his side and told the military aid to do it again.

"So we stood silently as the military aide presented the Marine with the award for a second time. The president had tears dripping from his eyes onto the Marine's face," Perino writes.

Later that day, the president would shed another tear.

"One mom and dad of a dying soldier from the Caribbean were devastated, the mom beside herself with grief. She yelled at the president, wanting to know why it was her child and not his who lay in that hospital bed."

She says that the president offered to comfort her "but then just stood and took it."

Later as Perino and Bush were on the Marine One heading back to the White House she says he told her, "'That mama sure was mad at me ... and I don't blame her a bit.' One tear slipped out the side of his eye and down his face. He didn't wipe it away, and we flew back to the White House."

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George W. Bush cried while visiting wounded soldiers
A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A detail of a portrait of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A detail of a portrait of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of Afghan President Hamid Karzai which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A detail of a portrait of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," are on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A portrait of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair which are part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of portraits of world leaders painted by former President Goerge W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
A self portrait of former President George W. Bush which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by the former president opens Saturday and runs through June 3. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
FILE - In this April 4, 2014 file photo, portraits of former Presidents George W. Bush, left, and his father, George H.W. Bush, both painted by George W. Bush, are on display as part of "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy" exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas. Bush has said that an essay by Winston Churchill on painting inspired him to take lessons after leaving office. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder, File)
A portrait of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, left, which is part of the exhibit "The Art of Leadership: A President's Diplomacy," is on display at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Friday, April 4, 2014. The exhibit of world leader portraits painted by former President George W. Bush opens Saturday and runs through June 3. At far right is a portrait of former and late Czech President Vaclav Havel. (AP Photo/Benny Snyder)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4570 -- Pictured: (l-r) Former President George W. Bush during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 19, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FILE - This Feb. 19, 2014 file photo shows former President George W. Bush speaks at the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Bush has found painting as his new passion to fill the void in his life after he left the White House. In an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Bush tells his daughter, Jenna Bush Hager, “I paint a lot because, as you know, I’m a driven person.” (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 4: Paintings of former president George W. Bush are on display with photographs as part of the exhibit, 'The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy' at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on April 4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The exhibit opens to the public on April 5 and features paintings of 24 world leaders. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 4: Members of the media take photographs inside the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum for a preview of the art painted by former president George W. Bush. The exhibit, 'The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy' on April 4, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. The exhibit opens to the public on April 5 and features paintings of 24 world leaders. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4570 -- Pictured: (l-r) Former President George W. Bush during an interview with host Jay Leno on November 19, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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