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Kerry questions Bush's wartime leadership
Boston Globe ^ | 08/06/2004 | Patrick Healy

Posted on 08/06/2004 3:33:53 AM PDT by Phlap

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Challenging President Bush's "maturity" as a wartime leader, Democratic nominee John F. Kerry said yesterday that he would have excused himself from the Florida classroom on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, where Bush continued reading to children after learning about the attacks on the Twin Towers.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerry; pissant
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"In a statement, Giuliani linked Kerry's reference to the Florida classroom with filmmaker Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which used video footage from that morning to portray the president as clueless.

"John Kerry must be frustrated in his campaign if he is armchair-quarterbacking based on cues from Michael Moore," Giuliani said. "John Kerry is an indecisive candidate who has demonstrated an inconsistent position on the war on terror, who voted against funding for our troops at war, and who cannot give a clear answer on his position concerning the decision to remove Saddam Hussein."

That last shot, a frequent taunt from the Bush campaign to Kerry, came after the Democrat told the UNITY gathering that he "might" have gone to war if Hussein had refused to disarm.

"You bet we might have," Kerry said, adding that the result would not have cost as much in American casualties or taxpayers' money.

What a waffler. "WE might have." Sheesh!!!

1 posted on 08/06/2004 3:33:53 AM PDT by Phlap
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To: Phlap
Kerry explained to Larry King that he did nothing for 40 minutes after the 2nd plane hit the WTC
and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon..."

2 posted on 08/06/2004 3:41:31 AM PDT by syriacus (Daschle on National Missile Defense debate -- "THIS ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE." June 8, 2001)
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To: Phlap
"You bet we might have,"

I knew the moment I heard that quote that it will fit nicely with his earlier "I voted FOR it before I voted AGAINST it".

This guy really knows how to put his foot in his mouth.

I hope this new line gets repeated until it sticks.

3 posted on 08/06/2004 3:42:05 AM PDT by capt. norm (Rap is to music what the Etch-A-Sketch is to art.)
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To: Phlap

Does Kerry *really* want to make an issue of wartime leadership?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1186105/posts


4 posted on 08/06/2004 3:43:26 AM PDT by Riley (Need an experienced computer tech in the DC Metro area? I'm looking. Freepmail for details.)
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To: Phlap

As I understand it, Bush continued reading after being informed of the 1st tower collision when people thought it was an accident. After the second one hit of course, it was clear it was deliberate and Bush went into action.


5 posted on 08/06/2004 3:43:41 AM PDT by libertylover (The Constitution is a road-map to liberty. Let's start following it again.)
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To: Phlap
Didn't Jacques call for a 'raising of the level' of this campaign -- no more "personal attacks?"

Looks like he's "CHANGED HIS MIND!"

6 posted on 08/06/2004 3:44:22 AM PDT by Ed_in_NJ
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To: syriacus


Fresh on the web:

http://pro.lookingat.us/Leadership.html


http://pro.lookingat.us/WendysKerry.html


Everyone on Kerry's swiftboat got transferred to non-combat areas after John Kerry pulled of his 3-Cuts & Run scam.

On 911 Kerry safely watched the WTC attack on TV and for forty (40) minutes John Kerry said he was "frozen" and completely unable to function in any way whatsoever.

That indeed is "more thoughtful" and "more sensitive" then President GW Bush's seven (7) minutes in the classroom after hearing a second highjacked jetliner had hit the WTC.


7 posted on 08/06/2004 3:44:23 AM PDT by devolve (TERRY KERRY: http://pro.lookingat.us/ShoveIt.html -- http://pro.lookingat.us/TeresaWendys.html --)
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To: Phlap
What Kerry REALLY did on 9/11!!!!
  Posted by The G Man
On News/Activism 08/05/2004 8:26:40 PM CDT · 136 replies · 4,131+ views


NRO Corner ^
This was posted on The Corner at NRO. Thought it worth posting here:~~~~~~WHAT KERRY DID [KJL] Listen, he wasn't president on Sept. 11, and I am not questioning his reflexes or reactions, but it is worth noting what Kerry did do on Sept. 11, 2001. Here's what he told Larry King: "...And as I came in [to a meeting in Sen. Daschle's office], Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and...

8 posted on 08/06/2004 3:47:41 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Michael Moore has made "documentary" a 1-word oxymoron.)
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To: Phlap

“WE might have” - and that’s a definite maybe!


9 posted on 08/06/2004 3:49:29 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: Phlap

10 posted on 08/06/2004 3:49:31 AM PDT by sonofatpatcher2 (Love & a .45-- What more could you want, campers? };^)
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To: Phlap
John Kerry is an indecisive candidate who has demonstrated an inconsistent position on the war on terror, who voted against funding for our troops at war, and who cannot give a clear answer on his position concerning the decision to remove Saddam Hussein.

John Kerry is nothing more than a traveling posthole salesman. He has nothing to sell, but expects voters to buy from him anyway.

Maybe Massachusetts voters will buy postholes from you, Mr. Kerry, but the rest of us will pass.

11 posted on 08/06/2004 3:51:57 AM PDT by HorsePlayer (Give me a $100 trifecta on Bush-Kerry-Nader)
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To: libertylover
As I understand it, Bush continued reading after being informed of the 1st tower collision when people thought it was an accident. After the second one hit of course, it was clear it was deliberate and Bush went into action.

That makes sense. When I read this latest absurdity from Kerry, I am thinking that he believes the President should have thrown the book aside and raced to the door, trampling the children and screaming "We're all gonna die!" Of course, no matter what President Bush did that day, it's wrong. Not that Kerry would ever be negative, of course. I love the "you bet we might have" line, especially the emphatic lead in of "you bet" followed by his typical waffle.

12 posted on 08/06/2004 3:53:00 AM PDT by GraceCoolidge
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To: Phlap

democrats have exploited tragedy with 20/20 hindsight.


13 posted on 08/06/2004 3:57:02 AM PDT by wildwood
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To: Phlap
Oh, way to go, Rice Butt. Channel Michael Moore.
14 posted on 08/06/2004 3:57:15 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: HorsePlayer

The press should go back to the interview of the teacher of the class that day who admitted she did not not vote for W in the last election but she appreciated the way the president acted that day by not leaving abruptly and shocking the children .But as usual dont confuse the democraps with the facts


15 posted on 08/06/2004 4:00:50 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Phlap
One definition of chutzpah....
Is the story of the guy who was just convicted of killing both his father and mother and then asks for mercy based on his being an orphan....

Another might be John 'effin' Kerry saying GW Bush doesn't have the 'Right Stuff' to be CnC..

Come Nov Kerry...the 'Not too Swift Boat' skipper...will be paddling his Boston 'Wailer' back home

imo
16 posted on 08/06/2004 4:02:42 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Phlap
Let's see the guy that saw to it that he could get some bogus injury and bug out of Viet Nam 8 months short of a normal tour of duty, just to come home and throw his "Heroic < not >" medals over the WH wall and go before the Senate and accuse all of us who served honorably of being "baby killers" and "war criminals" so we come home and be spit upon by his naive followers would be a better Military Leader than GW?

Not in a million years!

What a puke!!!

17 posted on 08/06/2004 4:04:04 AM PDT by ImpBill ("America! ... Where are you now?")
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To: Phlap

These are exactly the kind of attacks that will win the election for Bush. Hope Kerry continues this line of campaigning. Of course, anything to keep his own record out of the public eye.


18 posted on 08/06/2004 4:14:32 AM PDT by Casloy
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To: Phlap

What would John F*ckin' have done that President Bush couldn't? Not unless he had a crystal ball. Its a little late for him to engage in Monday morning quarterbacking. What we have here is another political cheap shot, not responsible criticism.


19 posted on 08/06/2004 4:15:27 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Phlap
You bet, we might have!"

That's the most classic use of decisive indecision I've ever heard.

20 posted on 08/06/2004 4:32:13 AM PDT by Egon (A students end up teaching. B students end up working for C students.)
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To: Phlap
"You bet we might have"

Ok butt wipe, I'll bet. But what should I bet on?

How about you playing both red and black on the same spin of the roulette wheel of terrorism!

"We might have" -- ewwww, you're soooooo tough and decisive. I bet you send shivers up Terezzzzzzza's spine!

21 posted on 08/06/2004 4:37:04 AM PDT by Condor51 (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. -- Gen G. Patton Jr)
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To: capt. norm

Kerry is probably still trying to decide who he's going to vote for in this election.


22 posted on 08/06/2004 4:41:44 AM PDT by KevinB
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To: libertylover
As I understand it, Bush continued reading after being informed of the 1st tower collision when people thought it was an accident.

There you go, trying to cloud the issue with facts. If the partisan media wanted Americans to know the truth they would have pointed that out during their unbiased reporting of the franchurian candidate saying it.

23 posted on 08/06/2004 5:00:05 AM PDT by DaBroasta (Dear democrat voter your party doesn't think you're stupid, they're counting on it!)
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To: Phlap

hanoi john either votes against funding for our Troops and Vets or skips the votes. hanoi john SKIPPED the vote on the defense bill Dubya signed yesterday. Another slap at the Military and Vets.


24 posted on 08/06/2004 5:03:25 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Phlap
Of COURSE Bush didn't act fast enough...If it had been KERRY, He'd have acted!!!

I'm SURE he could have ordered NYC Police & Fire Fighters to rush up to the floors that were hit, sift trough all of the burning bodies on the planes, and arrest the terrorists that DID it!

DORK!

25 posted on 08/06/2004 5:08:31 AM PDT by Wondervixen (Ask for her by name--Accept no substitutes!)
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To: Phlap

JUST WHAT WAS KERRY DOING WHEN THE PLANES HIT? This has NEVER BEEN ASKED BY THE PRESS!


26 posted on 08/06/2004 5:10:46 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Phlap
I remember 9/11 very clearly. Everyone thought the first plane flying into the WTC was an accident. Even the

perky bitch katie couric

said it was a small plane that accidently hit the WTC on Good Morning America. The President left after 7 minutes. Just what was F'ing doing for those

UH, 40 MINUTES?

27 posted on 08/06/2004 5:20:33 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The dumbocRATs have their heads buried in the sand.)
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To: GailA

I was watching the Today show on 9-11, and they cut to a picture of the first plane in the WTC and were saying a "small plane" accidently hit the WTC, probably the pilot of the small plane dead. When they came back from commercial break, Matt Lauer was interviewing a woman on the street by the WTC, and she was pretty hysterical. She kept saying it was a huge! plane that hit the WTC, and Matt Lauer was dismissive, even saying at one point "I don't think so!" When the second plane hit, she began screaming live on TV and saying "It must be the air traffic controllers are losing control," etc. Nobody knew what was going on.


28 posted on 08/06/2004 5:25:08 AM PDT by aaronbeth (No suprise)
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To: GailA

I was watching the Today show on 9-11, and they cut to a picture of the first plane in the WTC and were saying a "small plane" accidently hit the WTC, probably the pilot of the small plane dead. When they came back from commercial break, Matt Lauer was interviewing a woman on the street by the WTC, and she was pretty hysterical. She kept saying it was a huge! plane that hit the WTC, and Matt Lauer was dismissive, even saying at one point "I don't think so!" When the second plane hit, she began screaming live on TV and saying "It must be the air traffic controllers are losing control," etc. Nobody knew what was going on.


29 posted on 08/06/2004 5:25:14 AM PDT by aaronbeth (No suprise)
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To: devolve
Everyone on Kerry's swiftboat got transferred to non-combat areas after John Kerry pulled off his 3-Cuts & Run scam.

I hadn't heard that before. Thanks for the news.

30 posted on 08/06/2004 6:26:13 AM PDT by syriacus (Daschle on National Missile Defense debate -- "THIS ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE." June 8, 2001)
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To: Wondervixen
I'm SURE he could have ordered NYC Police & Fire Fighters to ... arrest the terrorists that DID it!

The Clintonian approach to handling terrorism -- as a law enforcement problem.

31 posted on 08/06/2004 6:29:10 AM PDT by syriacus (Daschle on National Missile Defense debate -- "THIS ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE." June 8, 2001)
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To: Phlap

What did FDR do in the 7 minutes after Pearl Harbor, other than continuing to squelch transmission of the massive amount of warning data to Pearl Harbor's Naval Commanders?

What did LBJ do in the 7 minutes after the Gulf of Tonkin incident didn't happen?

What did JFK do in the 7 minutes after the execution of Diem that he gave permission for?

What did Bill Clinton do in the 7 YEARS after the first WTC bombing?

Democrats are absolutely shameless.


32 posted on 08/06/2004 6:34:39 AM PDT by guitfiddlist (Hate is a DNC Family Value)
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To: devolve

Wonderful link...
http://pro.lookingat.us/Leadership.html


33 posted on 08/06/2004 6:37:10 AM PDT by syriacus (Daschle on National Missile Defense debate -- "THIS ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE." June 8, 2001)
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To: joesnuffy

Let's make a commercial with Michael Moore talking about the 7 minutes and then John Kerry echoing the same words.

Announcer: do you want Michael Moore as the national security advisor to the President of the United States?


34 posted on 08/06/2004 6:42:15 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: aaronbeth

I think we all sat stunned. It was just to much to take in. Still is.


35 posted on 08/06/2004 8:24:19 AM PDT by GailA ( hanoi john, I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, before I impose a moratorium on it.)
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To: Phlap

Someone post this on another thread:

"Here's what the Massachusetts Democrat (Kerry) said July 8 when Larry King asked where he was on 9/11, according to CNN's own transcript:

"'Nobody Could Think'

"I was in the Capitol. We'd just had a meeting - we'd just come into a leadership meeting in Tom Daschle's office, looking out at the Capitol. And as I came in, Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon. And then word came from the White House, they were evacuating, and we were to evacuate, and so we immediately began the evacuation."

"How appropriate that Kerry lumps himself in with fellow left-wing non-thinkers such as Boxer, Daschle and Reid."


36 posted on 08/06/2004 9:22:04 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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