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The Bird Was Perfect But Not For Dinner In Iraq Picture, Bush Is Holding the Centerpiece
The Washington Compost ^ | Thursday, December 4, 2003 | By Mike Allen

Posted on 12/04/2003 5:37:55 AM PST by Kaslin

President Bush's Baghdad turkey was for looking, not for eating.

In the most widely published image from his Thanksgiving day trip to Baghdad, the beaming president is wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers as he cradles a huge platter laden with a golden-brown turkey.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: petty; pettydems; thanksgivingvisit
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So what.
1 posted on 12/04/2003 5:37:56 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
My thoughts exactly.

Boy are they grasping for straws here.

I guess that is good for us
2 posted on 12/04/2003 5:39:48 AM PST by hapy
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To: Kaslin
And their point is...what exactly?

They seem to imply the president "lied" somehow for holding a decorative platter of turkey.

But isn't this the same organization that defended Clinton for lying and committing perjury?
3 posted on 12/04/2003 5:39:59 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Kaslin
I shan't sleep tonight.
4 posted on 12/04/2003 5:40:01 AM PST by AppyPappy (If You're Not A Part Of The Solution, There's Good Money To Be Made In Prolonging The Problem.)
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To: Kaslin
Just more hate Bush rhetoric.
5 posted on 12/04/2003 5:40:45 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Kaslin
Exactly....this guy must get paid by the word and hasn't had a story with MEAT in it for some time!!!
6 posted on 12/04/2003 5:40:46 AM PST by JimVT
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To: Kaslin
I read the article, thinking they were going to say the bird was put there just for the photo op.

But that's not what the article says. It points out that the food vendor prepares a well browned bird to grace the buffet table at every military mess. Bush just happened to pick it up.

I thought the article was balanced and factual. But the libber loonies will turn this into one of their urban myths and, VOILA!, it will become widely known that Bush was brandishing a fake turkey put there just for his hoisting.
7 posted on 12/04/2003 5:42:45 AM PST by Timeout
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To: Kaslin
Funny thing is, anyone watching C-SPAN could see that Bush picked-up the platter and then placed it back on the table. So where's the story?
8 posted on 12/04/2003 5:43:19 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Kaslin
Turkeygate!

I think we need to appoint a special council...< /sarcasm >

9 posted on 12/04/2003 5:43:27 AM PST by Joe 6-pack
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To: Kaslin
It's only about birds.
10 posted on 12/04/2003 5:43:42 AM PST by freedomson (Baruch haba b'shem Adonai!)
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To: Kaslin
How utterly sophmoric. Really scraping at the bottom of the barrel. Must be recent "J-school" grads running the desk over there at the Post.

They cannot seem to eek out even a measly ounce of "bad" from this huge bucket of "good" that was served up recently on the very frontlines of the War on Terror.

11 posted on 12/04/2003 5:45:13 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (NORTH KOREA is a DANGEROUS CANCER in late stages; we still only meditate and take herbal medicines)
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To: Kaslin
Heck, that's normal for most messhalls ... ah, dining facilities. They usually make up one as a centerpiece, to go along with the ice sculpture and the bins of nuts on the center table.

Heck, every year, my division commander would have his picture taken for the post newspaper in almost exactly the same pose .. and not only for Thanksgiving, but Christmas (and sometimes New Year) as well.

12 posted on 12/04/2003 5:45:25 AM PST by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsenspåånkængrüppen ØberKømmååndø (EMØØK))
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To: Kaslin
OK, that does it, I'm voting for Dem Whoever! < /sarcasm>
13 posted on 12/04/2003 5:46:55 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 M)
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To: Kaslin
My thoughts exactly. He was holding the frikkin platter, not carving the turkey.

I love it. I can't wait until PETA chimes in.

More hysteria More More!!
14 posted on 12/04/2003 5:47:07 AM PST by OpusatFR (If you don't like our laws, live in accordance with our laws, and believe in oun Iry of life: leave)
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To: Kaslin
So now our leaders can't even clown around for a moment if someone is there to snap a pic?

Grasping at straws, that's for sure.
15 posted on 12/04/2003 5:47:22 AM PST by zx2dragon (I could never again be an angel... Innocence, once lost, can never be regained.)
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To: AppyPappy
I am stunned...truly stunned.

I had actually thought on Thanksgiving Day..."I wouldn't eat that turkey, no telling how long it has sat there".
16 posted on 12/04/2003 5:48:50 AM PST by anotherdubya
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To: OpusatFR
I love it. I can't wait until PETA chimes in.

PETA may not have time to chime in after the big anti-PETA ads on the tube last night. They'll be doing a lot of dodging a weaving today. Glad to see that finally coming about.

17 posted on 12/04/2003 5:49:11 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 M)
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To: Kaslin
I just emailed the Compost and thanked them for stating the obvious. Did the author think that one turkey was going to feed 600 troops? I think they are trying to start turkey-gate.
18 posted on 12/04/2003 5:50:21 AM PST by MP5
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To: Timeout
I thought the article was balanced and factual.

Perhaps you should go back and read it again. Especially the piece about Nevertheless, the foray has opened new credibility questions for a White House that has dealt with issues as small as who placed the "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the aircraft carrier Bush used to proclaim the end of major combat operations in Iraq,

Mike Allen is and always has been a pimp for the DNC.

I suggest that Mr. Allen take that "Mission Accomplished" banner and put it where the sun don't shine.

19 posted on 12/04/2003 5:57:18 AM PST by jackbill
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To: Kaslin
Correspondent Mark Knoller said Sunday on "CBS Evening News" that the misleading information and deception were understandable,

Not according to the NPR elites. In this thread,
www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1033401/posts
they got their panties in a bunch.

20 posted on 12/04/2003 5:57:45 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: ladtx
I don't watch tv (mainly because I don't have time and I can't sit still for two minutes) what ads? Ads against PETA?

We are the home of the freaks here. My hubbie was a supporter until they went off the deep end and Hollywoodized.

My son wants to open a BBQ next door to them.
21 posted on 12/04/2003 5:58:09 AM PST by OpusatFR (If you don't like our laws, live in accordance with our laws, and believe in oun Iry of life: leave)
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To: Kaslin
A President who feels comfortable around his troops...like they were his own kids...takes the time and effort to joke around with them a bit...show his human side to them....

And yes it gets in the news...but so what...the troops love it...and that is what counts
and not some supercillious left wing reporter's whinings...

Anything that is good for the troops or that the troops appreciate..making their already tough jobs a bit easier...

Is going to be hated by the left wing conservaphobes....whose lesbophile princess...loathes the military and refers to those willing to lay down their lives for her...as "my pet pigs" (Hitlerly)
22 posted on 12/04/2003 5:59:11 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Kaslin
You mean Bush didn't cook it himself? I AM SHOCKED!!!
23 posted on 12/04/2003 6:00:26 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Kaslin
I was sure he was going to feed the whole regiment from that little turkey in the tray.

I never for a moment dreamed it was simply a photo-op.

I feel so betrayed. </sarcasm>
24 posted on 12/04/2003 6:01:02 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Drug prohibition laws help fund terrorism.)
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To: Kaslin
Its no different than the fake story about the British Air pilot seeing Air Force One during the trip to Iraq. Just done for news coverage.
25 posted on 12/04/2003 6:02:08 AM PST by berserker
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
BREAKING! BREAKING! Wow...a story like this is what makes journalism such a heroic endevour.
26 posted on 12/04/2003 6:02:26 AM PST by GungaLaGunga
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To: Kaslin
GW was trying to serve the centerpiece? Funny - yes. A big deal - no.

Richard W.

27 posted on 12/04/2003 6:04:18 AM PST by arete (Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.)
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To: ladtx
...the big anti-PETA ads on the tube last night.

I only caught the last few seconds of that ad. Will you summarize the content, please?

28 posted on 12/04/2003 6:05:52 AM PST by JimRed (Disinformation is the leftist's and enemy's friend; consider the source before believing.)
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To: Kaslin
I'll bet this bunch didn't remind anyone that XXX42 used prop stones to form a cross on the beach at Normandy with the ship in the background perched there, and that he picked up the American flag specifically laid there on the ground for him to place next to the gravestone.
29 posted on 12/04/2003 6:06:24 AM PST by HighWheeler (If you want to make a Conservative mad, lie to him. To make a liberal mad, tell him the truth.)
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To: MP5
All of the above replies say it all - big brouhaha over absolutely nothing. How ridiculous.

As someone said, this journalist (and I question that term with respect to this writer) must be paid by the word.

Sheesh!
30 posted on 12/04/2003 6:06:33 AM PST by TruthNtegrity (God bless America, God bless President George W. Bush and God bless our Military!)
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To: Kaslin
The Bird Was Perfect But Not For Dinner In Iraq Picture, Bush Is Holding the Centerpiece

So, IOW, he helped set the table AND serve dinner. What a guy!

Thanks again, Mr. President!

31 posted on 12/04/2003 6:08:02 AM PST by Corin Stormhands (I'm not Fonda Hillary! / www.wardsmythe.com)
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To: Kaslin
Everytime read of the Democrats complaining about photo ops, I think of Commander in Chief, William Jefferson Clinton leading the platoon over the hill at the White House...

The point has to be made over and over again, the Democrats have no credibility. Bill Clinton made sure of that.
32 posted on 12/04/2003 6:11:32 AM PST by Hatteras (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: 1rudeboy
LOL....watching C-SPAN is what people do for pennance when they've been really really bad!!!
33 posted on 12/04/2003 6:14:48 AM PST by OldFriend (DEMS INHABIT A PARALLEL UNIVERSE)
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To: Kaslin
Share your thoughts with the turkey that wrote it.

whitehouse@washpost.com
34 posted on 12/04/2003 6:14:56 AM PST by Columbine
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To: Hatteras
Who could forget Bill's five pound bible TV prop he carried every Sunday morning.
35 posted on 12/04/2003 6:15:36 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Kaslin
That's the way it has always been.
I've cooked and prepared 4 Thanksgiving day feasts for the troops. We always cooked birds for display, then served sliced turkey breasts in the chow line.
What would they like to see, Bush carrying a 4" steam table pan full of sliced turkey, he would need hot pads and a strong back to carry it around.
This is so childish and reaching.
36 posted on 12/04/2003 6:16:10 AM PST by The Mayor (Through prayer, finite man draws upon the power of the infinite God.)
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To: MP5
I just emailed the Compost and thanked them for stating the obvious. Did the author think that one turkey was going to feed 600 troops?

No, but its pretty obvious that the Post thinks Bush is a turkey. This is really a non-story--it was clear to most observers that he was simply impressed with the decorative creation. What's also clear is that the Compost is using "story" to cast Bush in a deceptive light.

37 posted on 12/04/2003 6:22:08 AM PST by Starboard
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To: Kaslin
Nevertheless, the foray has opened new credibility questions for a White House that has dealt with issues as small as who placed the "Mission Accomplished" banner aboard the aircraft carrier Bush used to proclaim the end of major combat operations in Iraq, and as major as assertions about Saddam Hussein's arsenal of unconventional weapons and his ability to threaten the United States.

Of course, the White House wouldn't have to deal with this trivium if the press would keep treating it as if it were putting us one step away from a nuke-you-ler holocaust (another non-issue if the press wouldn't have turned it into one). If they ever figured out the difference between "news" and "Bush bashing" the White House could spend more time on mundane stuff like the Global War on Terror, The Expanding Economy, and other such stuff that the press can't seem to report on properly.

Shalom.

38 posted on 12/04/2003 6:22:12 AM PST by ArGee (Scientific reasoning makes it easier to support gross immorality.)
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To: Columbine
I just shared my thoughts with the WP and I asked them if they were bored or desperate and mentioned the Normandy thing
39 posted on 12/04/2003 6:25:53 AM PST by hapy
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To: Kaslin
BUSH LIED!!!!!
40 posted on 12/04/2003 6:26:14 AM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
"Turkeygate"!!

Yeh...the dems would gobble that up.

41 posted on 12/04/2003 6:28:49 AM PST by Churchillspirit
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To: Kaslin
Nevertheless, the foray has opened new credibility questions for a White House that has dealt with issues as small as who placed the "Mission Accomplished" banner

I think the "new credibility questions" really deals with the Media who make up false allegations to report in such a high dudgeon against President Bush.

In an honest world, these people would be laughed into oblivion.

42 posted on 12/04/2003 6:32:14 AM PST by Gritty (The Major Media puts prostitutes to shame)
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To: Kaslin
By Mike "I Stuff Turkeys" Allen

But hey, hey does it in the privacy of his own home...
43 posted on 12/04/2003 6:36:37 AM PST by adam_az
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To: Kaslin
THIS IS IT!!!

We Democrats told you Republicans (and ourselves) it was OK to vote for Clinton because ALL POLITICIANS LIE!!!! HERES THE PROOF!!! Now we are off the hook! When our grandkids ask me why I voted for Clinton, I can tell them about George W. Bushes FAKE turkey and be absolved for my Clinton support!! I'm NOT an immoral, anger ridden, arrogant soulless, creature! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA (gasp) HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

44 posted on 12/04/2003 6:37:22 AM PST by bigjoesaddle (Shrug)
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To: GungaLaGunga
I'm sure Juan Williams will complain this Sunday on FNS about how this story "PROVES that the whole trip was nothing but an expensive taxpayer-funded photo op!"

Of course, that's if Terry McAuliffe gives him permission...

45 posted on 12/04/2003 6:39:54 AM PST by COBOL2Java (If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading this in English, thank a soldier.)
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To: Kaslin
Maybe he should've had someone bring him some pizza?
46 posted on 12/04/2003 6:39:55 AM PST by Mobilemitter (We must learn to fin >-)> for ourselves..........)
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To: Kaslin
The real turkey they should be screaming about was the brand new socialist entitlement program he just pushed through.
47 posted on 12/04/2003 6:40:13 AM PST by Protagoras (Putting government in charge of morality is like putting pedophiles in charge of children)
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To: hapy
Boy are they grasping for straws here. I guess that is good for us.

You know it.

48 posted on 12/04/2003 6:40:18 AM PST by dighton
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To: Kaslin
Did they write about Klintoon putting stones in a cross on Normandy beach when there are no stones there?
49 posted on 12/04/2003 6:41:54 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: dighton

50 posted on 12/04/2003 6:42:37 AM PST by petercooper (Proud VRWC Neanderthal)
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