Tuesday, August 17, 2004
I Won't Say It....
So go ahead and say it....
Dan Froomkin, makes note of how Mr. Bush is handling the spurious charges about Mr. Kerry and Vietnam....
Character AssassinationMr. Bush, bringing honor and integrity back to the White House.
The format also offers a highly public airing of unsubstantiated charges against Bush's opponent, Sen. John F. Kerry, that the campaign would never make directly.
And Bush doesn't jump to refute those.
For instance, in Beaverton:
"Q On behalf of Vietnam veterans -- and I served six tours over there -- we do support the President. I only have one concern, and that's on the Purple Heart, and that is, is that there are over 200,000 Vietnam vets that died from Agent Orange and were never -- no Purple Heart has ever been awarded to a Vietnam veteran because of Agent Orange because it's never been changed in the regulations. Yet, we've got a candidate for President out here with two self-inflicted scratches, and I take that as an insult. (Applause.)
"THE PRESIDENT: Well, I appreciate that. Thank you. Thank you for your service. Six tours? Whew. That's a lot of tours.
"Let's see, who've we got here? You got a question?"
When does that start again? It's been four years.
Four very long years.