My wife is from Lancaster County, PA, and her family has strong ties to the local Mennonite community. Her mother is one of the leading authorities on Amish quilts in the country. For those and other reasons, I got a big kick out of this story:
President Bush met privately with a group of Old Order Amish during his visit to Lancaster County last Friday. He discussed their farms and their hats and his religion. He asked them to vote for him in November.
The Amish told the president that not all members of the church vote but they would pray for him.
Bush had tears in his eyes when he replied. He said the president needs their prayers. He also said that having a strong belief in God is the only way he can do his job.
This story has not been reported before. You might think an observant press follows the president everywhere, especially during a re-election campaign, but no reporter attended this meeting.
It’s nice stuff, read the rest, but one bit was cause for (mild) shock on my part: