Skip to comments.Staudt speaks out about Bush memo debacle to New Braunfels paper
Posted on 09/22/2004 4:49:00 AM PDT by naturalized
Three weeks ago, New Braunfels resident Col. Walter Staudt became a national figure, albeit a silent one.
Ever since he was named in a controversial memo CBS aired purporting to prove that President George W. Bushs Texas Air National Guard service record was sugar-coated due to political pressure, Staudt has been bombarded by reporters wanting him to verify or disavow those claims.
When the phone rings, he does not answer, and when someone comes to the door, he only opens it a crack.
I counted up to 40 calls last Monday, but I probably got 50 or 60 phone calls that day, he said. Lots of them even come to the door.
Staudt, 81, has only given interviews to ABC and the Herald-Zeitung.
He is not trying to be rude, but he has answered these questions before.
The subject started when (Bushs) daddy ran for vice president, and its been going on ever since, he said. I dont have much to tell. Its simple to me. There was no political influence. Thats the truth.
(Excerpt) Read more at herald-zeitung.com ...
Good stuff. Thanks for posting that.
A German newspaper in Texas? Veeeery interesting.
Well, the New Braunsfels area WAS settled by Germans, and still retains a heavy dose of German influence today--the newspaper name obviously being one of them.
As brigadier general of Bushs unit, Staudt was responsible for enrolling anybody who wanted to enter pilot training.
He maintains no one did Bush any favors no one had to.
He was a good candidate, well educated, he said. We needed pilots, and he wanted to be one.
Tell Dan "in the can" that this is a pretty good source. He's alive and not a gossip monger like the little old lady.
It's about time this got covered. Last Friday, late afternoon, ABC came out with a report stating that the information on those documents were false.
The great Mark Levin was reading it on air during his program with airs between 6-8pm. I faxed the article to Rush, Hannity and Laura. Not a peep from anyone. This is a big story. I am so tired of these dimocrat yahoos constantly echoing the same rhetoric. "The documents are fake, but the story is real."
I hope Hannity hits this one home tonight.
I believe a lot of Germans imigrated to the U.S. in the 1800's and settled in Texas.
Yes they did. And they hold onto their traditions, names, etc. though now they are 100% proud Americans.
I'd love to have a nickel every time a liberal pundit says it's common knowledge that Bush received preferential treatment because his Daddy was rich and influential. Here's a retired Col. in the position to know first hand what happened, and he says that just ain't so.
Since when does the left give a rat's *** about the truth?
I remember when Kinky Friedman (Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jew Boys) ran as mayor of a (Kerrville ?)neighboring town on the platform that he wouldn't declare war against New Braunfels...hilarious...
Yep New Bransfeld, Kerrville, Comfort, etc. towns ringing the hill country just North of San Antonio were all settled by Germans about 1850-60 (early for Texas as per "the Alamo and its indepedendence from Mexico). A high proportion of the population in those small towns were bilingual at least when I was growning up in SA. So having a a German language community newspaper is quite logical. The Aussies are also in NB as that is where John Newcombe established his tennis ranch back around the early 70s. South of SA are villages established by Polish, Slavic and Italian emigrants.
Of course SA itself is a majority Hispanic population and has been for decades.
Not only that but there was a major internment camp for Germans in Texas during WWII, we're not supposed to know much about that either.
. . . which is why we see people on every streetcorner today who applied to TANG for a cushy billet as a fighter pilot, and were refused for no reason!
Oh, that's right - they were all killed in Vietnam! Every name on The Wall is of someone who applied to TANG to be a garritrooper who was entirely safe from being sent to Vietnam!
I guess a lot of people don't know of the German influence here in Texas.
They have German festivals here:
Texas Best German Festival
New Braunfels, Texas
10 days in November
130,000+ visitors. Food, music, dancing, arts and crafts and much more.
Last weekend in April
Food, bike rally, and run. 50,000 attend annually.
Each year some 40,000 people converge on the Central Texas town of West and enjoy a family blend of food, culture, dance and just plain Czechoslovakian fun!
I would like to thank you all for educating me about the German influence in Texas. I didn't know.
Ft. Meyers FL has a big German community too. Has a German language newspaper as well. No big deal.
>>Admiral Nimetz was born in Fredricksburg, which is smack in the German settlement area, and a neat place to visit...
Yes, in particular, the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War is well worth visiting. I took my son there 3-4 years ago, while we were in San Antonio for a week for a convention.
You're welcomed. Living here all these years, I've see stuff on TV and the
papers from time to time. So unless one lives here or studied Texas History,
hardly anyone would really know that.
HUge german area from the 1800's
Most people don't even know that the first Polish settlement in the US was in Texas as well at Panna Maria, about 65 miles outside of San Antonio. And up in West, near Waco, is a large Czech community as well. Texas is much more diverse than most people think.
You guys are leaving out the best water park in the world - Schlitterbahn, which is German for slippery road.
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