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Minnesota Bridge Hero Says ‘Nope’ to Bush

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Posted on Aug 8, 2007

Out of every big disaster story emerges the ever-reliable “media hero/heroine” subplot.  Thus, last week’s Minneapolis bridge tragedy brought news of one Jeremy Hernandez, 20, who helped 50 children to safety after their school bus started tipping.  According to The New York Times, this particular local hero will enjoy some of the perks of his position in the spotlight, but he’s opting out of a photo op with President Bush.

The New York Times:

Mr. Hernandez was not available to comment on the offer; Ms. Schwartz said he left town for northern Minnesota late on Friday, overwhelmed by the attention and concerned that his co-workers were being overlooked. He spent the weekend fishing. When President Bush’s staff contacted him to request a photo opportunity, “He was just, like, ‘Nope,’ ” she said.

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By Mariam Russell, August 11, 2007 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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A man of rare courage and taste.

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By James, August 10, 2007 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment
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This young man deserves better than to be used by this evil administation for a photo opt. Him turning down this opportuniy at the height of the media frenzy, really strikes a well deserved blow to the White House, and hopefully sends a message that the president would do good to remember his approval rating, and not offer the regular citizen the chance to denounce him publically. Bet they didn’t see that one coming. Bravo!

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By GB, August 9, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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I appreciate Jeremy Hernandez’s compassion for human life. He deserves the praise he is getting.
I also appreciate for whatever reason him keeping that separate from the destroyer of innocent human life and turning down the White House offer.
If we could only get more spine in Congress to say no to Bush, compassion just might make a come back on a wider scale.And education, shouldn’t that be available to all citizens in this country anyway? 480 billion spent in “I wreck” so far creating terror in the middle east and what do we get for our tax dollars? More terror, more fear, more incompetence, more lies, more corruption, less rights, devalued dollar, “off the table” policies thanks to Pelosi and Hoyer.

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By Rich, August 9, 2007 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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Jeremy Hernandez a hero who doesn’t want to be seen with a zero!

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By Outraged, August 8, 2007 at 9:59 pm Link to this comment

First of all, thank you Jeremy Hernandez for thinking of all those children, keeping your composure (after experiencing the ordeal yourself) and helping them to safety. 

Good for you for saying “no” to GW. Why should GW grandstand on this tragedy, when quite likely he’s complicit in it’s collapse. 


Looks like the overreacting, callous pundits will have to eat shit again!

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By rowdy, August 8, 2007 at 9:42 pm Link to this comment

gotta admire mr. hernandez. bush doesn’t deserve to be in the same room with a hero.

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By Kune, August 8, 2007 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment
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It’s the worst kind of chutzpah for Bush to imagine that offering to participate in a photo-op with the Minnesota hero would enhance the fellow’s stature!  This reminds me of a friend who taught at the University of Alabama many years ago and refused to be photographed standing next to George Wallace.  How comforting to know there are still people able to discriminate between real honor and actual disgrace. “Birds of a feather . . .” and all that.

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By farmertx, August 8, 2007 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

ardee, I’m hopeful, but not as optimistic as you are about the citizen’s pulling back from the precipice. Least ways, not before a bunch are shoved over.
Foreign powers misjudged the American character pre WarII. But are we the same?
Isolated examples say that we are, to a point, at least.
No one can doubt the valor of the troops facing what they face in Iraq and Afghanistan. But how many citizen’s are more like the Shrub and Shootist when it comes to the down and dirty business of fighting?
Sure seems like there are a lot more of those types than there used to be.
But, in the long run, enough of the people will see that they must overcome a common adversity; that is my hope.
As to this young man; whatever his reason for not wanting a photo-op with the Shrub…well, that increases my admiration for him considerably.
Not that many young folks would pass a chance to have the President, even one as clueless as this one, shake their hand and proclaim them a hero.
He is one that could be counted on to do the right thing for the right reasons.

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By ardee, August 8, 2007 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

This article illustrates precisely why I will never succumb to the paranoia that infests these and other sites on the web. Not so much that a hero emerges from a tragedy, they do with regularity. But that this kid’s actions elicited such support from total strangers around the country, that a for profit school offers him a full scholarship that very well might be the turning point in a life.

All the posts regarding fears and hatreds and such pale in comparison to this shining example of why I trust our citizenry to pull back from the precipice.

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