November 28, 2003
Cheap Political Stunts 101

President George Bush pulled one hell of a political stunt on Thursday when he flew in Air Force One all the way to Iraq International Airport for another chance to wear a military uniform and to thank troops for defending America by attacking countries which pose no particular threat.

He carried a turkey and stuffing. He hugged soldiers. He shook hands with soldiers. He stayed all of 2.5 hours before jetting back (at tax payers expense) to the land of the free where the citizens are not allowed to see the caskets of dead Americans as they return home from Bush's preposterous war. Bush poses with dead turkey

"The turkey has landed," ran the front-page headline in the London daily Independent.

"George Bush becomes the first US president to visit Iraq in order to provide the television pictures required by his re-election campaign," it said, noting that Hillary Rodham Clinton, "his undeclared Democratic opponent," was on her way to Baghdad from Afghanistan.

Posted by tstubbs at November 28, 2003 11:18 AM

Posted by: me too on November 28, 2003 11:54 AM
It is definitely one of the most cynical attempts for a politician in the US to wrap himself in the American flag. The fact it was time to appear on Thanksgiving day as a "bulletin." This administration is totally shameless but this is part of the effort to portray the president and those who support him as patriots and to imply that those who have criticism about foreign policy and military efforts are by implication traitors or non-supporters of the young people in the military. An administration beyond contempt and right out of Orwell.

Posted by: sarny on November 28, 2003 11:55 AM
Perhaps it was all a hoax, hollywood-style ...

Posted by: Denny on November 28, 2003 11:55 AM
Quit being a loser. You guys complain that the President doesnt care about the troops or support or care about them, but when he shows he does you cant handle it.

Therapy might be in order.

Posted by: Pathetic on November 28, 2003 11:56 AM
Apparently 'me'cannot tolerate other opinions.

Posted by: Jeff on November 28, 2003 11:56 AM
At least he didnt stuff a cod piece in his flight suit this time.

Posted by: me three on November 28, 2003 12:00 PM
This president has won me over... yet again. He has shown that he has the balls to fly into the face of danger. He does have his flaws, but he doesn't cower and ramble like normal politicians... he does what he says he is going to do. I respect that! Let's face it... would you fly in there?

Posted by: Me2 on November 28, 2003 12:00 PM
You are a Dumbass... an ignorant dumbass at that.

Posted by: StevO on November 28, 2003 12:01 PM
This is a low stunt generated for self serving purposes. The only other explaination is that he feels guilty that he has put so many young men and women in an endless meat grinder. Maybe he should show up at a city mission to carve turkey. With his borrow and spend politics, he squeezed out money for our poor. What a dope.

Posted by: Steve on November 28, 2003 12:01 PM
Leadership is like Pornography; you may not be able to define it, but you know it when you see it. This Great President has it.But it takes a manly man or a womanly woman to recognize it.

As Peggy Noonon wrote," You can hear the subtle sound of clanking when he walks".

Posted by: American on November 28, 2003 12:03 PM
George Bush will always be criticized by people who is blinded by party afiliation, or people with pseudo-moral values. It does not matter what good he does, a criticism is ready to pop-up from ungrateful americans. Bush haters: mature up! Stop being so negative, you are the only ones who live in a world full of bitterness!

Posted by: MARIO on November 28, 2003 12:06 PM
Reelection ploy. Where's Osama? *He* knocked the buildings down.

We're wasting precious money and resources. We should've been invading Pakistan, which is a few bullets away from fundamentalists having a working A-bomb.

When we figure it out, it'll be too late.

Posted by: Kludgefactor on November 28, 2003 12:08 PM
The President of the United States is also the commander in chief of the US armed forces. He visited his troups in a war zone and helped to improve their morale. This is a legitimate function of the office. Please tell me what legitimate function the former First B***h is performing in her trip to Afganistan? Are you incensed that she is also doing this at taxpayer expense? Are you so morbid that you want to have soldiers' caskets put on public display like some side show attraction?

You'd vote for Hitler if he ran against Bush. Maybe even the devil. Get a life. Get real. Or just shut up and let the man get on with saving you the trouble of having to fight some Sadam in your own back yard.

Posted by: jus-dafax on November 28, 2003 12:10 PM
President George Bush should have spent a day in Iraq with the troops. He is their commander and chief. He ordered them over there and it was his duty to do his part to demonstrate leadership to troops who are taking risks in a grim and dangerous place.

Bush's move seemed obvious to me and it's something that any American president would do, be he Democrat or Republican. Although Clinton didn't go to Mogadishu or a number of other hotspots, that president who breathed the air of the political gesture would have done this as well.

The reaction of the troops was spontaneous and seemed almost joyous. Bush haters will find fault with anything the president does. They will ignore any good news, embrace flimsy conspiracy theories and grumble.

Perhaps the world has become too complex for many of us who would be reassured by easy solutions. Bush is an exceptionalist who believes America is an amazing nation with a responsibility to not only itself but the world. This obligation is not fulfilled by allowing mass murder, jawboning endlessly with a self-neutered and moribund United Nations or seeking approval from editorial writers of Le Monde in Paris or The Guardian in London.

Did Bush fly to Iraq at taxpayers expense? How shocking. Wait a minute, isn't he the President of the United States? Isn't that how it works? Should Bush have hitchhiked? This writer complaining of Bush's trip sounds like a UK liberal. He doesn't seem to mind that members of Congress have been flying to Iraq on the government dime for quite a while now.

The hatefully immature and the empty-headed should think and learn and grow before they embarrass themselves publicly.

Posted by: Stephen Johnson on November 28, 2003 12:11 PM
I disagree with this stupid war, but I support troops who have been sent into danger. I don't support the President at all, but anything the President does to "try" to add some positive moments for the troops is worth it, in my book.

Posted by: Judy on November 28, 2003 12:12 PM
sorry to say guys but your president is not worth being a president of such a great country. and his flight to IRAQ let me laugh for a second, and how was that about facing the danger.... (let me laugh again). this is nothing more than a political stunt.

Posted by: anyname on November 28, 2003 12:13 PM
I am no Bush fan, but I do think that what he did here was admirable, and the right thing to do. However, IMHO it was too little, too late.

He hasn't attended a single funeral for any troops who have died in Iraq. And there's still that ban on the media showing the caskets returning from Iraq, which I find extremely disrespectful to the sacrifice they made. A soldier giving his or her life for this country should be a celebrated act of heroism, not something to be hidden under the cover of darkness.

Posted by: Tom on November 28, 2003 12:18 PM
Ahh, I love this comments section. I love it when stupid Americans write messages like:

'I don't like what you said about my country/president/army. But then, I'm an idiotic racist, homophobic, functionally illiterate imbecile, who clearly doesn't have a clue what he's talking about, and is actually stupid enough to believe there's some connection between Saddam and Islamic Fundamentalists'

Wonderful, it's like they have self-refuting arguments.

Posted by: Phyle on November 28, 2003 12:19 PM
how the hell is this on the front page of google news?!?!?!?!!

Posted by: jose on November 28, 2003 12:29 PM
I come from Britain, and i can honestly say i pitty you Americans who have an intellect. Oh dear. This stereotypes your country perfectly. Only in America can a homophobic, anti-abortion, ridiculed politician be classed as a hero. A man who sends his people to war against the sanity of the UN and indeed the globe can only be successful due to the ignorance of his supporters. America is a laughing stock. I cannot find a piece of un-biased media that does not ridicule your political system and leader at all. Britain has been where America is now and even us, with our colonial issues, did not piss off the world as much as you do. such a shame when you produce such pretty hollywood effects. Do you do anything else?

Posted by: Adam on November 28, 2003 12:29 PM
Where's this uniform you mentioned as one of his "perks" for flying to Iraq? I can't see anything beyond what looks like an infantry jacket, like those soldiers send home to mom and dad as gifts. But really, does it matter what he wore? Hell, could have been a tank top and boardshorts for all I care. The fact that he was there on the Holiday, not for Holiday, was the basis of all of the above. So what if it was a political manuveur to pump himself up, having a website that bubbles over with Political Cynicism is also on the same token. "Hey mom and dad, look, I have a website where I can air all my opinions and mis-guided facts, and people will chime in with me!"

So here's the fact, the Man was there, you were here, who wants to call who's bluff on not really being a patriot? And let the man wrap himself in the flag, it's every american's right to do so, even if it is a President, after all, we let the likes of Madonna do it.

Posted by: Knox on November 28, 2003 12:31 PM
go to google news front page and click on the picture of bush holding the turkey

Posted by: jose on November 28, 2003 12:32 PM
Come on, you can expect liberals to see this as anything other than a political stunt ... they don't have any experience with their own leadership otherwise.

Assuming that President Bush had no other reason to go than to look good politically is ignorant. The man has proved again and again that he is a great man and a great leader.

If liberals weren't so closed minded they'd be able to see that.

Posted by: Anthony Dauer on November 28, 2003 12:35 PM
Have some respectmYou think you could do a better job as President I support Bush 100 percent.I am happy and proud to finally have a President who isnt afraid to act,all you leftist out there cry and complain but you know they said same thing about hitler ,ahhh hes no real threat look how that ended up,as for the terrorism we the USA have been victems of terror strikes for years before 911 now its come to our soil its time to act time to stand up.If we didnt get rid of saddam he woulda posed a threat sooner or later and when that happened you still be bitching about him anyway.So pull your heads out of your asses and support your President.I do wish though Bush Sr. woulda finished the job back in the 90's.Guess we have congress to thank for that.GD JOB IN THE WAR ON TERROR MR. PRESIDENT

Posted by: on November 28, 2003 12:37 PM
how is this on the front page of google news!!!! that's some sweet hacking i must say.

Posted by: on November 28, 2003 12:38 PM
As a former member of the armed services I am disturbed at this flagrant abuse of position. Using soldiers for a press opportunity is the sick. If you truly believe that this president cares about bravery or duty, please tell me why did he dodge service in Vietnam? He's a pathetic low-life and his followers are TV junkies who are incapable of thinking on their own. Before you get hot and write your typical conservative dimwitted FUCK YOU response try picking up a book this evening and reading. I guarantee its something that any supporter of Bush hasnt done in years.

Posted by: Jason on November 28, 2003 12:52 PM
I love America & its people. But I hate the system. I am dying for the day these people will realise what kind of a shitty "Matrix" they are living in. Believe me, this one is worse than the movie. Read 'Adam''s comment & you will know what I am talking about.

Posted by: pitier on November 28, 2003 12:54 PM


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Posted by: on November 28, 2003 01:09 PM
Hillary has more balls than dubya. 2.5 hours on the ground. A hollow stunt at best. The flight suit must have been in the wash.

Posted by: Jeff on November 28, 2003 01:16 PM
Our Fuhrer Bush has expanded government spending, made the United Sates one of the most hated countries in the world, restriceted civil liberties and raped our environment here at home.
When Bill Clinton did try to assisnate Bin Laden the Republican Congress acused him of trying to create diversions, because there pathetic little minds couldn't look past the fact that he got a hummer in the oval office. Oh my god I bet he was the first president to do that.

Posted by: Jason on November 28, 2003 01:16 PM

Posted by: on November 28, 2003 01:20 PM
Me, Me2, My2cents, etc. are all reading from the same page of Rove's manual. How much does it pay these days? Is it by the number of emails, calls to talk radio, by the month?

Posted by: on November 28, 2003 01:30 PM
Stuart, you sound bitter...
Realize that for an economy to change, that process takes about 8-10 years. All President's inherit a certain amount of the previous administration's positive and negative net results. And last I heard, you still live in a country where protest is allowed. Don't be lulled into believing that freedom is free, and life is easy and without risk. Never has been, Never will be. Your children and grandchildren will be speaking Arabic and / or Farsi if you don't have the stomach to fight for what is true and correct.

Posted by: yrubeetred on November 28, 2003 01:48 PM
yrubeetred, you sound stupid....
Deficit spending is effecting the economy NOW.
Try reading the Economist. Jackass!
Many countries in the world allow protests. What's your point?

Are you realy afraid that your children might be speaking Farsi? Instead of what? The very fact that you care what language is spoken is pathetic nationalism reminisent of Nazism. Guess what there is no language called American!

I serverd in the Gulf war. I joined the Army after the war started so please don't tell me that people who share the same view as Stuart don't have the stomach to fight.

Posted by: jason on November 28, 2003 01:59 PM
Jason, as a former Marine officer, I can only recommend some anger management classes. And possibly a day with Miss Manners.

Posted by: yrubeetred on November 28, 2003 02:07 PM
Why didn't you say you were a Marine perhaps if you travel back to Guantanamo Bay you might find your mind in a small jar on a shelf somewhere.

Don't be lulled into believing that freedom is free or that you can give it to a people. Think about it. Something that is not earned is always disregarded. You can't force freedom or democracy onto a country it must rise from within and overthrow. Until a people have earned their democracy they will treat it as a gift of fruit cake.

How nice of you to recommend anger management and not offer any argument in response. Please hurry back to Guantanamo your mind misses you.

Posted by: Jason on November 28, 2003 02:14 PM
To everyone who thinks Bush was "brave" for flying to Iraq and staying on the ground for 2.5 hours, read this:

Here are some choice quotations from our leader himself, from the story above:
Bush said he had been the "biggest skeptic of all" that the visit could be pulled off in secret, and he had no qualms about canceling if it couldn't.

"I was fully prepared to turn this baby around, come home," if news leaked out before he landed, he said.

Hilary's trip was not secret, so I guess by all of you Bushie's logic that makes her even braver than the President! Do not be so easily swayed by propaganda, my fellow Americans, WAKE UP!!

Posted by: Stuart Jefferson Holme on November 28, 2003 02:25 PM
A very well thought out and persuasive outlook. I still disagree with some of your arguments but cannot continue the discussion due to time restraints. If you do make it to Gitmo, please be so kind as to pick up the small jar of brain, and send it to Jason. He needs the small addition more than I.
Best of luck!

Posted by: yrubeetred on November 28, 2003 02:28 PM
Good grief. I fully agree with the original statement on this email. Anyone who thinks this is anything more than another part of the president's re-election campaing is fooling themselves. Bush was a draft dodger along with his other cronies, Rumsfeld and Cheney. He's just a wanna-be who likes to dress up in military clothes and be seen.

I am a Vietnam Vet with a disability who knows!!!! that our government is fully capable of lying like they did from 1967-1972. Bush needs to do more to cover up his mistakes in attacking this country in the first place. No weapons of mass destruction, no Sadaam and no Osama. What really is going on here!!

Now another generation of veterans will return with all the associated problems of post traumatic stress disorder and physical disabilities. For those that have been killed in action--no coffins are ever shown and Bush has yet to attend any of the would look bad for his re-election campaign.

Posted by: Gary on November 28, 2003 02:52 PM
i understand why Bush went, but why the hell did Hillary go?

Posted by: mike on December 1, 2003 07:14 PM
Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are `It might have been.

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