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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)


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KEYWORDS: cleland; gwb2004; kerry; opportunist; prairiechapel; publicitystunt; usss; waaah
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"Look at me. You wouldn't THINK of turning away someone who looks like me, do you?..........

Wait, let me say that again, the cameramen just arrived. Evening news, here I come"

1 posted on 08/25/2004 11:36:49 AM PDT by GulliverSwift
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To: GulliverSwift

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.


2 posted on 08/25/2004 11:38:23 AM PDT by coconutt2000
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To: GulliverSwift

"....and stay out!!!"


3 posted on 08/25/2004 11:38:46 AM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: GulliverSwift

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.


4 posted on 08/25/2004 11:38:57 AM PDT by Viet Vet in Augusta GA
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To: GulliverSwift

So I take it he didn't take the response letter, either?


5 posted on 08/25/2004 11:39:02 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: GulliverSwift
GBGB

GOD BLESS
GEORGE BUSH

6 posted on 08/25/2004 11:39:24 AM PDT by fuzzy122
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To: GulliverSwift

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.


7 posted on 08/25/2004 11:39:40 AM PDT by aft_lizard (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him)
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To: GulliverSwift
The RNC should have gotten that guy on the Christian Network who had his whole face blown off to give the rebuttal letter to Cleland. Now wouldn't that have been a spectacle?
8 posted on 08/25/2004 11:40:15 AM PDT by mlbford2 (In TX, orange alert means releasing the safety on your shotgun)
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To: Rutles4Ever

Looks to me like the SS Agent has the letter in his hand.


9 posted on 08/25/2004 11:40:20 AM PDT by aft_lizard (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him)
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To: GulliverSwift

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.


10 posted on 08/25/2004 11:40:40 AM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: GulliverSwift

What a cheap publicity whore.


11 posted on 08/25/2004 11:41:04 AM PDT by tomahawk
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To: GulliverSwift

I see that he rolled up his shirt sleeve on one arm extra high to make sure everyone notices his disability.


12 posted on 08/25/2004 11:41:08 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Viet Vet in Augusta GA

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.


13 posted on 08/25/2004 11:41:09 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: aft_lizard

good point - Bush should have invited them in, bad spin on our part.


14 posted on 08/25/2004 11:41:24 AM PDT by oceanview
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To: coconutt2000
If that's the case, they could've just faxed the letter.

And maybe covered up Cleland a little.

15 posted on 08/25/2004 11:41:25 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: aft_lizard

I don't agree. Nobody just shows up at the Presidents doorstep and demand service. Totally disrespectful.


16 posted on 08/25/2004 11:41:43 AM PDT by mlbford2 (In TX, orange alert means releasing the safety on your shotgun)
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To: dfwgator
They are indeed that low to use Max as a prop like that. Max is also that low to allow himself to be used like that. NOTHING is beyond them this time!

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17 posted on 08/25/2004 11:42:02 AM PDT by Chieftain (Support the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and expose Hanoi John's FRAUD!)
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To: aft_lizard; Dog Gone

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.

D


18 posted on 08/25/2004 11:42:10 AM PDT by daviddennis (;)
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To: aft_lizard

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...


19 posted on 08/25/2004 11:42:18 AM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: aft_lizard

How did they transmit anthrax?


20 posted on 08/25/2004 11:42:18 AM PDT by GulliverSwift (No tomatoes were harmed during the making of this post)
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To: aft_lizard

I would have had Bob Dole waiting to accept the letter.


21 posted on 08/25/2004 11:42:34 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: GulliverSwift

Cleland has been used by the demonrats. They have no shame.


22 posted on 08/25/2004 11:42:40 AM PDT by mom-7
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To: GulliverSwift

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.


23 posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:02 AM PDT by HamiltonJay ("You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.")
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So what paper is the SS guy holding.


24 posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:12 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (BYPASS FORCED WEB REGISTRATION! **** http://www.bugmenot.com ****)
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To: Rutles4Ever
So I take it he didn't take the response letter, either?

Couldn't, his hand was full.

25 posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:28 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: GulliverSwift

)))))))))))))DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM(((((((((((((??????????


26 posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:33 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: Dog Gone

Yep. He's almost 'Bob', ain't he.


27 posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:34 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (I'm a goon; I'm a hooligan; I'm a GOOLIGAN.)
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To: GulliverSwift
Cleland's whole act is like watching a black man taking part in a minstrel show.

It's disgusting to watch the way he participates in his own commoditization.

28 posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:46 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Dog Gone

Great point !! His left arm sleeve is down. Just screams "HEY LOOK AT ME"


29 posted on 08/25/2004 11:43:51 AM PDT by lonerepubinma
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To: mlbford2

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


30 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:06 AM PDT by aft_lizard (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him)
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To: Chieftain

Max has suffered so much already. Only Kerry would ask him to step into the fray to shield his own sorry butt.


31 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:23 AM PDT by farsighted
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To: mom-7
Cleland has been used by the demonrats. They have no shame.

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.

32 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:25 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: mom-7

You make it sound like he has an I.Q. of 12. He's not being used. He's a whore.


33 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:32 AM PDT by Rutles4Ever
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To: mlbford2

The content of the letter is:

Report Card

Student Name: Cleland, Max
Course Name: Hand Grenade Throwing
Grade: F
Comments: When the pin is pulled Mr. Grenade is not our friend.


34 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:36 AM PDT by DarthVader (John Kerry is really Janet Reno dressed up as a man.)
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To: GulliverSwift

Nobodyasked him to come to the Ranch. I don't know about you,but I do not go where I'm not invited.


35 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:37 AM PDT by Ramonan (You never get something for nothing.)
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To: aft_lizard

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.


36 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:41 AM PDT by RKV (He who has the guns makes the rules.)
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To: HamiltonJay

BUMP to that sentiment.


37 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:46 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: GulliverSwift

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.


38 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:49 AM PDT by NorseWood
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To: GulliverSwift

bump


39 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:50 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Viet Vet in Augusta GA

Our MSM is turning into PRAVDA right before our very eyes!! Thank God for Free Republic and the other alternative media!!


40 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:52 AM PDT by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: GulliverSwift

Not through Max Cleland, that much I know, I think.


41 posted on 08/25/2004 11:44:53 AM PDT by aft_lizard (I actually voted for John Kerry before I voted against him)
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To: GulliverSwift
This is yet again another example of how much Kerry uses people.

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.

42 posted on 08/25/2004 11:45:14 AM PDT by mattdono ([mattdono to John Kerry]: I voted for you...right before I voted against you.)
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To: GulliverSwift

Hey Max..I think you dropped something!!


43 posted on 08/25/2004 11:45:26 AM PDT by John_Galt518 (Sen. Kerry did you really think the Vietnam Vets would forgive or forget your treachery?)
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To: tomahawk
What a cheap publicity whore.

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.

44 posted on 08/25/2004 11:45:27 AM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: GulliverSwift

45 posted on 08/25/2004 11:45:53 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: aft_lizard

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.


46 posted on 08/25/2004 11:46:08 AM PDT by oceanview
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To: aft_lizard

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.


47 posted on 08/25/2004 11:46:28 AM PDT by mlbford2 (In TX, orange alert means releasing the safety on your shotgun)
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To: GulliverSwift

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.


48 posted on 08/25/2004 11:46:30 AM PDT by Dan Evans
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To: Viet Vet in Augusta GA; Howlin; StarFan; Peach; RaceBannon; Dutchy; stanz; Clemenza; ken5050; ...
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.

Yep. The minute I saw the pic above I had the very same thought.

49 posted on 08/25/2004 11:46:30 AM PDT by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Comrade Hillary - 6/28/04)
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To: GulliverSwift

Bush handled this situation perfectly according to this:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=694&u=/ap/20040825/ap_on_el_pr/bush_cleland&printer=1

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.


50 posted on 08/25/2004 11:46:36 AM PDT by Oblongata
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