George W. sends letter of support to Alabama kicker after Iron Bowl

posted at 9:21 pm on December 11, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Another in series of untelevised acts of kindness by the former president. I never want to give the famous and powerful extra credit for simply acting like human beings, but isn’t it nice to find out they’re thoughtful and kind and watch football and feel bad for kickers, just like the rest of us?

After Alabama kicker Cade Foster missed two field goal attempts and had a third blocked in the Iron Bowl loss to in-state rival, Auburn, plenty of people had nasty things to say to the senior from Texas. The loss to Auburn ended their national championship quest and the Tigers will now face Florida State in the title game.

Empathetic about the kicker’s public stumble, former the 43rd president of the United States sent this note to No. 43:

Dear Cade (#43),

Life has its setbacks. I know! However, you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best.

Sincerely — another 43

George W. Bush

Foster Instagrammed the letter, adding “Framing this.”

My heart hurts for any kicker who blows it in a high-stakes situation, even when it helps my team. Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t keep me from cheering my own team’s victory. But there’s something so raw and human about a kicker, collapsed to his knees with his hands to his helmet after failing to do the one thing he’s trained to do his whole life. This passage probably isn’t making Foster feel any better, so I’m glad he got Bush’s letter. My point is, I agree with W. and wish him the best.

Alabama QB AJ McCarron also offered some perspective:

“Cade’s a great kid,” McCarron said. “It wasn’t all his fault. Other people struggled. I love him to death and I have all the confidence in him in the world that he could go out there right now and make the kicks. The one thing about him is he needs to keep his head high and be proud.

“Like I said, football is just a game. It’s not life. Times like this people need to realize the sun’s going to rise tomorrow.”


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If W had a son…….

BobMbx on December 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM

ObamaCare is a swig of rat poison with a Hemlock chaser.

SparkPlug on December 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Class…

d1carter on December 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

If W had a son…….

BobMbx on December 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Meanwhile BHO II would be blaming the line, the winds, the ball, the hold (laces out!), the previous kicker….

RDuke on December 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Pushing amnesty and spending too much money, yes.
Still a better president than the douche in chief now.

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

SparkPlug on December 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Non sequitur much?

cozmo on December 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

RDuke on December 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Get it right. The first thing he would do is blame bush.

cozmo on December 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM

“Cade’s a great kid,” McCarron said. “It wasn’t all his fault. Other people struggled. I love him to death and I have all the confidence in him in the world that he could go out there right now and make the kicks. The one thing about him is he needs to keep his head high and be proud.

“Like I said, football is just a game. It’s not life. Times like this people need to realize the sun’s going to rise tomorrow.”

He later added, “I got a hot girlfriend so why should I worry?”

:P

22044 on December 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM

ObamaCare is a spoonful of rat poison with a Hemlock chaser.

SparkPlug on December 11, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Meanwhile BHO II would be blaming the line, the winds, the ball, the hold (laces out!), the previous kicker….

RDuke on December 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

“I didn’t kick that.”

22044 on December 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Glad to see Bush didn’t send the kid an autographed selfie and an ipod of his best speeches.

Ellis on December 11, 2013 at 9:34 PM

SparkPlug on December 11, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Non sequitur much?

cozmo on December 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Hey! I heard you don’t wear pants on the weekend!

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Hey, he didn’t refer to tea Baggers in his handwritten letter….pffft…..

KMC1 on December 11, 2013 at 9:36 PM

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

He doesn’t. Sometimes he wears a dress or nothing at all.

SparkPlug on December 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

BushCare…

Yep…never would have happened…

But luckily..

We have a president that will destroy health insurance for millions..

To help a few thousand…

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

A class act

Grunt on December 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Hey! I heard you don’t wear pants on the weekend!

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Or the weekdays.

22044 on December 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

It’s a bit much to expect a freshman to nail a 57 yarder. I don’t fault him one bit.

blammm on December 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

22044 on December 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Any day that I don’t have to. And some days that I should.

cozmo on December 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM

“Dear Alabama Kicker,

You acted stupidly.

Valerie Jarrett
Barack Obama”

portlandon on December 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Laura Bush pays for her own lobster and has Table manners. Moochelle has the mannerisms of a jackal ripping off other people’s food from their plates.

SparkPlug on December 11, 2013 at 9:43 PM

…I miss him!…not the spending…but the character

KOOLAID2 on December 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM

I miss that guy, what a classy thing to do.

scalleywag on December 11, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Miss me yet?

At this point, I miss King George.

VorDaj on December 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

He doesn’t. Sometimes he wears a dress or nothing at all.

SparkPlug on December 11, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Hey! I heard you don’t wear pants on the weekend!

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Or the weekdays.

22044 on December 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

With this economy, I feel cozmo’s pain. So does everyone else.

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Even after he is finished as a “World Leader”, W is more of a Man and a far Greater Leader than any of the recent Presidents. Since Reagan,anyway. Class, grace and the willingness to make a stand for the real “Little People” in our country. Setting a better example for others as a Man unafraid to lead and unafraid to be targeted by the most evil, cowardly and treacherous people in the World today.

He is a far better person than anyone in politics today.

And on his worst day, he will always be a better Man than Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Subsunk

Subsunk on December 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Those poor Alabama “fans”. It’s not like they won 3 of the past 4 national titles or anything. Sounds like they’re justified for their long suffering drought. ///

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:53 PM

W’s such a sweet guy.

Cindy Munford on December 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

W’s such a sweet guy.

Cindy Munford on December 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

But he gets boo’ed in South Africa…

While Barrack Obama gets to f@ck over his wife and get praised….

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Just think what a fun ex-Pres Obama us going to be.

SAMinVA on December 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Blammm, this is about the other kicker. The one whose miserable day led to the freshman trying the 57-yarder.

Bitter Clinger on December 11, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Cade Foster is better prepared for life ahead after that game than he was before he played it. I’m not going all Neitzche on you here, but like anything else practice at absorbing blows makes it easier to take the next one.

Congratulations to Cade for working so hard and getting to play the game. And congratulations for holding his head high and moving on.

MTF on December 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Even after he is finished as a “World Leader”, W is more of a Man and a far Greater Leader than any of the recent Presidents. Since Reagan,anyway. Class, grace and the willingness to make a stand for the real “Little People” in our country. Setting a better example for others as a Man unafraid to lead and unafraid to be targeted by the most evil, cowardly and treacherous people in the World today.

He is a far better person than anyone in politics today.

And on his worst day, he will always be a better Man than Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.

Subsunk

Subsunk on December 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Well said.

scalleywag on December 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Just think what a fun ex-Pres Obama us going to be.

SAMinVA on December 11, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Bobble-dolls?

I prefer the punching bag…

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

W’s such a sweet guy.

Cindy Munford on December 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

But he gets boo’ed in South Africa…

While Barrack Obama gets to f@ck over his wife and get praised….

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Consider the source. The Star Wars bar scene.
I would hope to get booed too.

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

From class to ass in 5 years,

hillsoftx on December 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Class act.

GarandFan on December 11, 2013 at 10:01 PM

I would hope to get booed too.

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Good point…

But the left wind media had to change their panties several times a day..

Giving this news to Americans..

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Yep. Miss you.

kcewa on December 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM

From class to ass in 5 years,

hillsoftx on December 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM

And he isn’t responsible for any of it….

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Dear Cade (#43),

Life has its setbacks. I know! However, you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best.

Sincerely — another 43

George W. Bush

Holly Shiite…..

Is that what it said…??

I saw the pic of the letter and couldn’t read it…

Hopefully Obama has better penmanship…

/

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM

“Cade’s a great kid,” McCarron said. “It wasn’t all his fault. Other people struggled. I love him to death and I have all the confidence in him in the world that he could go out there right now and make the kicks. The one thing about him is he needs to keep his head high and be proud.

“Like I said, football is just a game. It’s not life. Times like this people need to realize the sun’s going to rise tomorrow.”

McCarron’s a class act as well, and he’s certainly got my vote for the Heisman (if I had one.) Plus, he’s got one of the hottest GF’s of anyone in college or professional football, enough of a reason right there to award the trophy.

TXUS on December 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I would hope to get booed too.

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Good point…

But the left wind media had to change their panties several times a day..

Giving this news to Americans..

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 10:02 PM

They have to do that anyway. It’s just for browner reasons.
The stupid in this country are still gonna prefer what they voted for.

RovesChins on December 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I’m still scratching my head that The Won got reelected, I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the rest of the world. There is no shortage of crazy.

Cindy Munford on December 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM

How’d we go from such a class act with a heart of gold to an insufferable, boorish anti-American narcissist?

crrr6 on December 11, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Classy gesture from a classy man. I miss you, Mr. President.

GOPRanknFile on December 11, 2013 at 10:28 PM

True class. History will redeem GWB. He was the last bulwark of freedom before the generation of Obama socialism destroyed the greatest country the world has ever seen.

I just hope I live long enough to see the next Reagan-type usher in the reclamation of our country. Freedom is never more than a generation away.

sauldalinsky on December 11, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Dear Dubya:

Sorry I voted for Algore in 2000.

Hey, I was stupid.

Anyway, miss ya!

Bruno

Bruno Strozek on December 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Awesome move Mr President

gophergirl on December 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM

COMPLETE THE SENTENCE:

“George W. Bush has more class in his little finger than…”

Khun Joe on December 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM

That was nice of Bush but I’m still glad that Auburn won. Many Alabama fans are quite nasty, especially when they lose. Now we don’t have to put up with them for a whole year!

War Eagle! Class of 1985

sherrimae on December 11, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Refreshing to see a letter from a President that’s not full of I’s & Me’s

RdLake on December 11, 2013 at 11:26 PM

sherrimae

Right, classy Auburn never acts nasty when they lose.

Knott Buyinit on December 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM

He did some good, especially in the response to the War on Terrorism.

But he did double a national debt that took 225 year to achieve. Yes, the Democrats overode his veto, once. But back then, the buck stopped at his desk, a victim of being Pre-Obama.

GW Bush paved the way for Obama’s spending. Bush showed the debt didn’t matter, and Obama showed let me show you how much.

Nominate a Bush or anyone a Bush supports, I’ll be home on election night. I can’t vote Democrat, and will no longer vote for “Democrat Light”.

Hog Wild on December 11, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Our whole year last year was a setback. Thanks for posting this, MK!

(War Eagle!)

tdau1997 on December 12, 2013 at 12:13 AM

Knott Buyinit on December 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Doubt we’ll kill any trees over it…

tdau1997 on December 12, 2013 at 12:15 AM

TXUS on December 11, 2013 at 10:12 PM

It would have been nice if he’d walked out on the field after the game was over and shook hands instead of running off the field. Also would have been nice if he’d not mocked the fans before the game saying he loved going into opposing stadiums and leaving the fans crying after the game. I like what he said in support of his teammate but I’m not ready to name him ‘Mr. Class’ (unless I get to emphasize the last part of that word)…

tdau1997 on December 12, 2013 at 12:22 AM

It’s a bit much to expect a freshman to nail a 57 yarder. I don’t fault him one bit.

blammm on December 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

I wouldn’t fault even a pro kicker for missing from that distance.

Dunno-I’ve always had a problem with blaming one player for his lack of skill on a particular day for all of the 20 seconds he spends on the field. One has to wonder about the other 22+ players and what they’ve been doing for the better part of the 60 minutes.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 12, 2013 at 4:37 AM

Hate to break it to you Mary Katharine, but really nice guy isn’t one of the constitutional requirements to be President, and Bush still sucked at that job.

DFCtomm on December 12, 2013 at 5:37 AM

practice at absorbing blows makes it easier to take the next one.

We all need to remember this (I sure do)

stevo on December 12, 2013 at 7:06 AM

It’s silly to suggest that Foster lost the game. Different decisions on strategy and clock management would’ve been made after each score, and the game wouldn’t have played out the same.
 
The thing that puzzled me more than anything was that Auburn’s offense was allowed to continue play without pausing for the officials to mark the position of the first down. How is that legal? Aren’t first downs established as a baseline for penalties, etc. for both teams? How can one side ignore that?
 
I’m asking in all seriousness, btw. Do hurry-up offenses no longer have to pause for first downs to be marked?

rogerb on December 12, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Did he blame Bush like someone else we know? Hmmmmmmmmm

crosshugger on December 12, 2013 at 8:04 AM

We have a president that will destroy health insurance for millions..

To help a few thousand…

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 9:39 PM

And all are Democrat politicians, unfortunately.

BigAlSouth on December 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

The only person who deserves the blame for Alabama’s loss of the Iron Bowl is Nick Saban. He lost it on Alabama’s 2nd to last drive when instead of taking an easy field goal from about the twelve yard line, he went for it on fourth down and came up short. Yes, Foster was having a bad night. That’s why you have a second string kicker. Your second stringer should be able to hit a field goal from less than 20 yards, Hell, a lineman should have been able to kick it. And then you make the decision to let the second stringer attempt a 57 yarder at the end of the game instead of just going to overtime? When you wouldn’t let him attempt one from inside the twenty?

Saban’s a great coach but he blew that game, not the players. Oh, well. There’s always next year.

Dukeboy01 on December 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Obama would have sent an autographed picture of himself.

Ward Cleaver on December 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

It wasn’t the kicker’s fault that he missed a mile-long attempt, Saban should have had some speed on the field given the possibility of a return.

Akzed on December 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Miss me yet?

At this point, I miss King George.

VorDaj on December 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

You will get another King George after Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, and Prince William die. Since William is in his early 30′s, you might have to wait awhile.

Steve Z on December 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Meanwhile BHO II would be blaming the line, the winds, the ball, the hold (laces out!), the previous kicker….

RDuke on December 11, 2013 at 9:30 PM

While Obama does his Lucy Van Pelt imitation for all the Charlie Browns of this country trying to buy health insurance.

Steve Z on December 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Indeed, MKH –
GWB is a kind a decent man and this letter is I’m sure just a single example of many. He’s very much his father’s son here.
Where you truly need to challenge your cynicism about the ‘famous and powerful’ would be ever allowing the same to be true for Barack Obama.

verbaluce on December 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Not the kicker’s fault:

1) IF the offense would have gotten 5 yards closer, the kick would have been made.
2) If Saban had anticipated the kick might have gotten run back, he should have had the correct coverage unit out there. He didn’t.
3) attempting the kick in the first place just shows the hubris of Saban. Not like the game was over at that point. The better team usually wins in overtime

nazo311 on December 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Miss me yet?

At this point, I miss King George.

VorDaj on December 11, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Clever.

Trochilus on December 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Class…

d1carter on December 11, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Don’t we all desperately crave just a sip of that, lately.

Tsar of Earth on December 12, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Indeed, MKH –
GWB is a kind a decent man and this letter is I’m sure just a single example of many. He’s very much his father’s son here.
Where you truly need to challenge your cynicism about the ‘famous and powerful’ would be ever allowing the same to be true for Barack Obama.
 
verbaluce on December 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

 
I’m fairly sure everyone says that already.

rogerb on December 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Obama would have sent an autographed picture of himself.

Ward Cleaver on December 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Autopen. I mean, if it’s good enough for signing bills…

BillH on December 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Where you truly need to challenge your cynicism about the ‘famous and powerful’ would be ever allowing the same to be true for Barack Obama.

verbaluce on December 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

We DO allow it for Obama. It’s not our fault if he looks bad in that comparison.

BillH on December 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Electrongod on December 11, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Perhaps not: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/28605888

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/07/01/195484/obama-walks-in-george-w-bushs.html

And then, perhaps — but only from some quarters:

Obama has continued two of Bush’s biggest successes: the Millennium Challenge Corporation – which has approved more than $8.4 billion in programs worldwide in agriculture, transportation, water supply and sanitation, education and other areas – and the AIDS relief programs.

Some anti-AIDS activists accuse Obama of reducing money for the AIDS program. The White House says Obama has increased funding for overall global health programs as he looks to turn the initiatives into a comprehensive approach to health. Obama himself chafed at the criticism, telling reporters on this trip that he couldn’t get as much money out of a Republican-led House of Representatives as Bush did.

unclesmrgol on December 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM