73 year old accounts administrator has come forward following
frantic efforts by the Bush administration to find one of
the President's Band of Brothers who served with him during
his time of service during the period of the Vietnam War.
Mary Ableen was one of fifteen payroll administrators in the
National Guard during the period August 1969 to May 1978.
Her section was responsible for surnames A thru M. She was
personally responsible for all B's until being promoted to
the C's in 1975.
can personally vouch for the President's outstanding accounts
administration during the entire period of his employment,"
she told us.
must realise that, during the period 1969 up right until the
early 1980's, accepting money into a bank account was a really
tricky business, but never once did we have a problem with
George W Bush receiving his correct wages on time."
Bush was always very polite. It's a pleasure to help war heroes
with such a friendly telephone manner. He always had time
for a chat with the girls in the office. I used to look forward
to his calls every Wednesday at 2."
have particularly fond memories of the president's account
for the periods December '72, and February
/ March of '73. As you know, at this time, he switched to
the National Guard in Alabama. Such a move normally requires
many hours of detailed and, at times, painful, accounts work,
but at no point did the future president complain."
probably shouldn't be telling you this, but my friend Alan
was responsible for John Kerry's payslips during the same
period and I can honestly say a more lacklustre slipshod account
management can not be imagined. It was just pure careless!
Some people just do not appreciate the complexity and danger
of paying people their correct wages on time. Sometimes it
took Kerry months to return our calls, and then any conversation
we had with him were just short and to the point. Sometimes
you couldn't even hear him over the explosions and screaming
going on in the background."
Ableen has provided photographs of pens, her desk tidy, ink
blotter as well as her diary for the period.
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