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Obama defends his patriotism; McCain and Clark trade shots (Dems Trash Col "Bud" Day)
LA Times ^ | 1 July 08 | Peter Nicholas and Maeve Reston

Posted on 07/01/2008 3:51:24 AM PDT by SkyPilot

INDEPENDENCE, MO. -- Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that no candidate should use patriotism as a "political sword" in the presidential race, vowing to push back against charges that he is not fervent about his country.

Yet even as Obama repeated his call for a new brand of politics that avoids personal attacks, the day was dominated by an old-style clash over the military credentials of his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain.

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Air Force Col. George E. "Bud" Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who was McCain's cellmate in North Vietnam, said Clark's "backhanded slap" was "one of the more surprising insults in my military history." Day was a member of Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, a group that led a campaign to challenge accounts of Kerry's performance in Vietnam.

Day rejected a comparison between the work of the "Swift boat" veterans and the comments by Clark.

"The Swift boat, quote, attacks were simply a revelation of the truth; the similarity does not exist here," Day said.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: obama; patriotism; swiftboat
From a related story:

"A very indecent thing," said retired Air Force Col. Bud Day.

Day's participation on conference call spawned a new round of broadsides as the Democratic National Committee rushed to point out that Day had appeared in the so-called Swift Boat TV ads that cast aspersions during the 2004 election on the medals Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry earned in Vietnam. Committee spokesman Damien LaVera said McCain himself had called the Swift Boat ads "dishonest and dishonorable."

This is outrageous.

Colonel "Bud" Day is Medal of Honor recipient. He was McCain's cell mate in Hanoi. Colonel Day was literally crucified by the North Vietnamese. His arms and legs were crippled due to being hung, beated, and dislocated.

Col George "Bud" Day

Day is one of the most decorated men in military history.

The "Swift Boat" ads were true. The Democrats and the MSM still cannot get over that fact.

That they would trash a hero simply because he responded to the outrageous attack of Gen Clark is evidence of how evil these people truly are.


1 posted on 07/01/2008 3:51:25 AM PDT by SkyPilot
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beated = beaten

Too early and not enough coffee, sorry.

2 posted on 07/01/2008 3:52:29 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: SkyPilot
And this is the plan: Let Obama's attack dogs go after McCain while Comrade Obama himself rises above the fray (with a little help from his MSM friends) You could put a thousand American flags as a backdrop for this charlatan and it still wouldn't change the fact that he is a Marxist.
3 posted on 07/01/2008 4:07:06 AM PDT by xDGx
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To: SkyPilot
(Dems Trash Col "Bud" Day)

So did the DBM... last nights spin on the Clark “breakdown” was Goebbelsian.

4 posted on 07/01/2008 4:14:01 AM PDT by johnny7 ("Duck I says... ")
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To: SkyPilot

Gen. Wesley Clark is a liberal-to-the-bone DhimmiRat, and uses the LibTard playbook freely. This unconscionable attack on McCain’s service is an example.
I’m no great fan of John McCain, but... I’d rather have his record, his service, his experience in the role of President than a former (incompetent, as it turns out) Constitutional law professor with absolutely no service record, who is in the middle of his FIRST term in the US Senate, with NO legislative initiatives to his name, and who espouses only socialist solutions to the nation’s issues.
I rather imagine Gen Clark was jockeying for the VP nod...


5 posted on 07/01/2008 4:15:28 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion)
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To: xDGx
He's a despicable coward.

As soon as the heat gets turned up for something Obama's been associated with, he cuts and runs.

6 posted on 07/01/2008 4:15:49 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: SkyPilot
It's too bad we didn't have Gen. Clark around back in 1960 to point us in the right direction when everyone was all a-flutter about a Massachusetts Senator and his bravery during World War II.
7 posted on 07/01/2008 4:23:54 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: SkyPilot

Like the Rev Wright-—If JW is a Christian then I am confused as to the definition of Christianity

For BO—if he is a Patriot then I am also confsed as to the meaning of the word “Patriotism”


8 posted on 07/01/2008 4:24:04 AM PDT by tsali
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To: xDGx
Senator Barack Obama doesn't have so much as a Girl Scout merit badge and he's going after Senator John McCain (Captain, US Navy-Retired) and Col. Bud Day, the most highly decorated servicemember alive?! I'll bet they'd go after Audie Murphy, George Patton and Alvin York if they were alive today!!
9 posted on 07/01/2008 4:29:58 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only the Marxist Obama can!)
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To: SkyPilot
The Dems are just trying to take McCain off of the real issues, such as, Congress's failure to allow drilling.

McCain should just stick to solutions for problems that government can fix, and not let the other side control the conversation.

10 posted on 07/01/2008 4:30:28 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ( Derek Rose number one NBA draft pick!!!)
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To: Coldwater Creek

The Dems are just trying to take McCain off of the real issues, such as, Congress’s failure to allow drilling.

McCain should just stick to solutions for problems that government can fix, and not let the other side control the conversation.


11 posted on 07/01/2008 4:33:33 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1035-July 08,2008)
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To: tsali
So is he! Confused on “Patriotism” that is.
12 posted on 07/01/2008 4:36:16 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (In honor of my husband who served his country with honor. HLM July 21, 1935-July 08,2008)
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To: xDGx

13 posted on 07/01/2008 4:50:36 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: SkyPilot; All
"Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that no candidate should use patriotism as a "political sword" in the presidential race, vowing to push back against charges that he is not fervent about his country."

Patriotism Sticker

14 posted on 07/01/2008 4:55:32 AM PDT by musicman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Senator Barack Obama doesn't have so much as a Girl Scout merit badge and he's going after Senator John McCain (Captain, US Navy-Retired) and Col. Bud Day, the most highly decorated servicemember alive?!

Hey, but he has a wristband! Wonder if it's the same black wristband mentioned in this article, The war of the wristbands .

...black wristband given to him by Tracy Jopek, the mother of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek who was killed aged 20 in August 2006 by a roadside bomb, thrusting the campaign spotlight back to the United States' failing war. Whatevuh!
15 posted on 07/01/2008 4:55:35 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Diogenesis

Hmmm... 57 states, could that be a message? Is Obama considering Teresa Heinz (57 varieties) as VP?


16 posted on 07/01/2008 4:55:57 AM PDT by xDGx
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To: SkyPilot
"Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that no candidate should use patriotism as a 'political sword' in the presidential race..."

Of course he did--because that's where Obama is vulnerable.

I question Obama's patriotism!

To rephrase Saxby Chambliss' celebrated rejoinder:

We're not just questioning your judgment, Barack. We're questioning your patriotism too!

"...vowing to push back against charges that he is not fervent about his country."

Oh he's fervent about his country all right. He hates the U.S.A. When he talks about change what he means is destroying America and remaking into something more to his liking.

As many have reasoned: if Obama's adoration of the United States is so fervent--why is he so red hot to change it?

BTW, the word fervent means burning passion, hot enthusiasm, or literally red hot with heat. It's derived from the Latin word fervere, which means to boil.

17 posted on 07/01/2008 4:59:00 AM PDT by Savage Beast ("Some people are born knowing, and some people will die searching." -Antonio Banderas)
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To: xDGx

For B.O. HUSSEIN, the flags would more appropriately reflect HIM if they were each all Red with a Hammer and Sickle on each. He is a desecration to the Flag of Our United States and he knows it. B.O. HUSSEIN’S Idea of Change is to turn Us into another Venezuala!


18 posted on 07/01/2008 5:04:14 AM PDT by True Republican Patriot (God Bless America and The Republicans)
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To: xDGx
You could put a thousand American flags as a backdrop for this charlatan and it still wouldn't change the fact that he is a Marxist.

Every time this anti-American, closet Muslim POS appears beside the flag, he wipes his ass with it.

20 posted on 07/01/2008 5:31:07 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: SkyPilot

Was the National Anthem was playing at the time of this snapshot?

21 posted on 07/01/2008 6:17:25 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Dixie Yooper
It's too bad we didn't have Gen. Clark around back in 1960 to point us in the right direction when everyone was all a-flutter about a Massachusetts Senator and his bravery during World War II.

But we did have General Clark around in 2004 to comment on the Presidential qualities of another Mass senator- the highly decorated John "F" Kerry with his 4 months of service in Vietnam
22 posted on 07/01/2008 6:34:04 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: SkyPilot
Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that no candidate should use patriotism as a "political sword" in the presidential race, vowing to push back against charges that he is not fervent about his country.

When has John McCain ever mentioned "patriotism" in regards to Barack Obama?

Some people believe that having America deliberately lose a war is "patriotic" because losing wars is good for America.

Obama, in his own way, may be very "patriotic". That, however, does not change the fact that his naive and foolish ideas of "patriotism" would be very dangerous for America.

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Obama 17 months ago:

Published Jan. 30, 2007 ...... Obama wants troops home by spring ’08 ……. Illinois senator, presidential candidate introduces bill to force redeployment

23 posted on 07/01/2008 6:52:18 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: xDGx
And this is the plan: Let Obama's attack dogs go after McCain while Comrade Obama himself rises above the fray (with a little help from his MSM friends)

That appears to be the Obama gameplan.

Just lask week, Obama co-campaign manager Tony McPeak (a retired 4 star who is perhaps the most despised Air Force Chief of Staff in history) went after McCain with pure venom.

"He was fresh out of jail, you know," Gen. McPeak said. "Skinny kid. All beat up of course, physically. But quite thin. They weren't feeding him very well in Hanoi. He's done very well at the dinner table in Washington." Gen. McPeak also said Mr. McCain received special favors when he returned to the U.S. "McCain was always kind of an exception," Gen. McPeak said. When told about Gen. McPeak's comments, Mr. McCain's roommate in the Hanoi Hilton was not amused. "Surely a four-star general can come up with something better than that," said Orson Swindle, a former Marine Corps pilot who, like Mr. McCain, was shot down over enemy territory. "It reeks of pettiness and sarcasm, and I can't imagine why he can make that kind of comment to imply that John McCain feasts at the Washington establishment."


24 posted on 07/01/2008 7:51:18 AM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: SkyPilot

For anyone who can remember, these are the EXACT surrogate tactics used against Jack Ryan in IL during Obysmal’s senatorial run. I was still living in IL at the time and this marxist fraud had his surrogates file papers to open Mr. Ryan’s divorce records.

This character assassination was brutally continued, regardless of pleas from Ryan and his ex-wife that this be stopped as they wanted to keep their private life out of the campaign. Their child didn’t deserve to hear the info smeared through the media by the Obama campaign.

As now, Obama made empty platitudes about rising about the fray while NEVER, EVER condemning what his supporters did.

I despise this man, his party, supporters and all that they stand for. He and his handlers have one objective — pure, unadulterated power by any means necessary.


25 posted on 07/01/2008 9:50:00 AM PDT by Kitten1 (12/23/1898; 12/25/1901; 3/6/36; 6/25/39; 9/11/55 -- Your sacrifice is not forgotten.)
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To: Dixie Yooper

Yes, in 1960 the Demagogues pretended that having one’s PT boat sunk was a great qualification for the Presidency.

Then by 1992 and 1996 they decided that nominating a treasonous draft-dodger was just fine..... even when the opponent in each case was a genuine war hero who had risked all in difficult combat.

Now they suddenly believe that John McCain’s military record is inadequate because he did not command his entire squadron during combat???????

These leftist scumbags sure do know how to move the goalposts at will.


26 posted on 07/01/2008 9:54:26 AM PDT by Enchante (OBAMA: "That's not the Wesley Clark I knew!")
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To: SkyPilot

I see the obomination’s strategy now. Send out the underlings to bad-mouth McCain, and anything else. Meanwhile he attempts to rise above it all, trying to put down these dirty attacks, that of course he had nothing to do with./sarcasm
Underlings slinging the mud, and he keeps his hands clean.


27 posted on 07/01/2008 11:38:17 AM PDT by vpintheak (Like a muddied spring or a polluted well is a righteous man who gives way to the wicked. Prov. 25:26)
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To: SkyPilot

Alan Colmes was trashing Col. Day last night. One of the guests called him on it, and Colmes started weaseling. Colmes also trashed the Swift Boat Vets (again). I wish Hannity had enough brains and integrity to cut him to shreds on national TV.


28 posted on 07/01/2008 1:57:39 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: SkyPilot

I can only imagine how the obsequious Wesley Clark would have groveled at the feet of the North Vietnamese had he been captured. After all, look at how he grovels for any political hack with a “D” after his name...


29 posted on 07/01/2008 4:22:23 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." - Senator Barack Obama)
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To: SkyPilot

So the question is: What’s McCain going to do about it? It’s only going to get uglier and I’m starting to get the sense that McCain’s campaign may not be prepared for the onslaught coming its way.


30 posted on 07/01/2008 6:02:36 PM PDT by No Left Turn
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To: No Left Turn
So the question is: What’s McCain going to do about it?

I don't know.

So far, McCain has not exhibited any sense that the really wants to fight for this.

31 posted on 07/01/2008 6:26:35 PM PDT by SkyPilot ("I wasn't in church during the time when the statements were made.")
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To: Kitten1

Good info thanks
McCain teams is too stupid to study the way Obama has slimed people via surrogates in his Illinois races


32 posted on 07/01/2008 6:33:22 PM PDT by dennisw (Barack Obama: A Phony Smile in an Empty Suit)
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To: dennisw

You’re welcome. From the race-baiting to the resurgence of surrogate character assassinations, I am doing what I can, personally, to get info to associates and family in Chicago to open their eyes.


33 posted on 07/02/2008 11:26:09 AM PDT by Kitten1 (12/23/1898; 12/25/1901; 3/6/36; 6/25/39; 9/11/55 -- Your sacrifice is not forgotten.)
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