Skip to comments.Max Cleland Turned Away From Bush Ranch
Posted on 08/25/2004 11:36:49 AM PDT by GulliverSwift
Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland, left, and former Green Beret Lt. Jim Rassmann, center, approach a Secret Service Agent, right, on station at the check point to the entrance of President Bush (news - web sites)'s ranch Wednesday Aug. 25, 2004 in Crawford, Texas. Cleland tried to deliver a letter protesting ads challenging John Kerry (news - web sites)'s Vietnam service to President Bush at his Texas ranch Wednesday, but the Secret Service stopped Cleland short of his goal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Wait, let me say that again, the cameramen just arrived. Evening news, here I come"
The Kerry campaign says this wasn't a political stunt for theater purpose...
If that's the case, they could've just faxed the letter.
"....and stay out!!!"
Video of this scene and sympathetic moaning will lead the MSM evening news at 6:30 pm today...they will omit the substance of the letters and not even bother to find out which side is telling the truth. Disgusting move by Kerry, a new low even for him.
So I take it he didn't take the response letter, either?
If I was Bush I would have been standing out there waiting for them to deliver it and then smile and invite them in for coffee. Why you say? Just to tick the Kerry campaign off.
Looks to me like the SS Agent has the letter in his hand.
Afraid that the President's advisors would insist the President cave in. Agree with the above freeper. This was a publicity stunt. If it wasn't, the jerks could have faxed or snail mailed. This is the best news I've heard all day.
What a cheap publicity whore.
I see that he rolled up his shirt sleeve on one arm extra high to make sure everyone notices his disability.
Make that an ultra-disgusting move for Cleland. I guess he's used to prostituting his self-inflicted catastrophic amputations for votes. I don't have any sympathy for him.
good point - Bush should have invited them in, bad spin on our part.
And maybe covered up Cleland a little.
I don't agree. Nobody just shows up at the Presidents doorstep and demand service. Totally disrespectful.
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I would have too ... but I wonder if he was in the ranch to accept it?
Probably not, no?
And Kerry and friends probably knew that as well.
My thoughta exactly!!!!!! By not greeting them and inviting them in for a chat they managed to give them a forum to spew their false accusations.. I would have given them a warm "photo-op" welcome..... The old flies to honey routine...
How did they transmit anthrax?
I would have had Bob Dole waiting to accept the letter.
Cleland has been used by the demonrats. They have no shame.
Kerry is even a Bigger Coward that I thought, sending out cripples to do what he should be doing himself. No disrespect to Max Cleland, but shame on you for allowing yourself to be used like a side show freak for this man.
So what paper is the SS guy holding.
Couldn't, his hand was full.
)))))))))))))DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM(((((((((((((??????????
Yep. He's almost 'Bob', ain't he.
It's disgusting to watch the way he participates in his own commoditization.
Great point !! His left arm sleeve is down. Just screams "HEY LOOK AT ME"
Yes it is but politically speaking it would have been a good move. Kerry wanted Cleland turned away, the letter was just the prop to send Cleland there. If Bush invited him and Rassman in for coffee and to discuss the issue at hand, Kerry would have looked even more like a*s
Max has suffered so much already. Only Kerry would ask him to step into the fray to shield his own sorry butt.
I'm surprised they didn't get McCain to deliver the letter. He gets used by the demonrats all the time... he doesn't realize it either.
You make it sound like he has an I.Q. of 12. He's not being used. He's a whore.
The content of the letter is:
Student Name: Cleland, Max
Course Name: Hand Grenade Throwing
Comments: When the pin is pulled Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
Nobodyasked him to come to the Ranch. I don't know about you,but I do not go where I'm not invited.
Max, I am sorry you did something stupid in Nam and blew yourself up, but here at my house it is common courtesy to call first and ask if it is convenient before you visit, whether you are a Vietnam veteran or not. You obviously weren't just passing by the neighborhood, were you? So enjoy your little photo opportunity in the hot Texas sun and go away.
BUMP to that sentiment.
Did they have an appointment to meet with President Bush? Who do they think they are that they can just "drop in" and expect to chat with the President? He has more important matters to tend to. The security detail should have told them to wait there (in the Texas sun) for a couple of days until the President could find time for them. The two of them would enjoy the fire ants while they wait.
Our MSM is turning into PRAVDA right before our very eyes!! Thank God for Free Republic and the other alternative media!!
Not through Max Cleland, that much I know, I think.
There is only 1 reason why Max Cleland was sent: photo op.
Despite how much I disagree with Max Cleland's politics and how the mass media's portrayal of how he, tragically, lost his limbs (making it believe that they were incurred during enemy fire), I feel bad for how he is being treated by Kerry and his operatives.
I would feel worse about it, but Cleland seems to be willingly towing the Kerry line. It's really pathetic.
Hey Max..I think you dropped something!!
Imagine how much more publicity Kerry could get if he were to IMMEDIATELY RELEASE ALL OF HIS RECORDS, his war journal, and his wife's tax returns.
He could also grab a few headlines by honestly answering some of the questions raised by the SwiftBoat Vets with anything other than "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy" nonsense.
correct. this is the clip that will make the evening news. once again, Karl Rove shows he doesn't know how to play the game.
Again, I have to disagree. Cleland has attacked Bush as a coward and a deserter in the past. This bum should not even get the time of day from Bush. His attacks are on par with the NAACP's attacks this yr.
Did anyone else pick up on the Freudian slip of the decade? Rassmuffin was talking about how he was in the water and he heard bullets whizzing overhead and that his version of events was "collaborated ... I mean corroborated" with the others who were there.
Yep. The minute I saw the pic above I had the very same thought.
Bush handled this situation perfectly according to this:
The SS agent is also a Vietnam Vet and has his own letter to give to Cleland explaing why he supports Bush. Cleland declined to take it and said he'd just send the letter throught the mail.