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Liberated US Tourist, Held Captive in North Korea, Declines Ride Home With Joe Biden
Gateway Pundit ^ | December 7, 2013 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 12/07/2013 5:43:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Can you blame him? 13 hours on a plane with Joe Biden is not exactly a dream getaway.

85 year-old Merrill Newman, a war veteran, declined a ride home on Air Force Two with Joe Biden.

Newman was deported after being detained over his role in special forces operations in the Korean War six decades ago. (Daily Mail)

The Daily Mail reported:

An 85-year-old U.S. tourist detained in North Korea for six weeks for alleged ‘war crimes’ has landed back in San Francisco after catching a flight from Beijing.

North Korean state media said Saturday that Merrill Newman, a war veteran, was released because he had apologized for his alleged crimes during the Korean War and because of his age and medical condition.

Speaking after arriving at San Francisco International Airport, Mr Newman said he was glad to be back home and thanked U.S. and Swedish diplomats who worked to secure his release.

‘I’d like to thank the Swedish Embassy and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. It was a great homecoming! I’m tired, pleased to be with my family. Thank you for all the support we’ve had.’

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who is traveling in Seoul, welcomed the release and said he talked by phone with Newman in Beijing, offering him a ride home on Air Force Two. Biden said Newman declined because of a direct flight to his home state of California, which he took later Saturday.

Newman’s son, Jeffrey, said he spoke briefly with his father from Beijing and that he was ‘in excellent spirits and eager to be reunited with his family.’


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhoasia; biden; dprk; joebiden; korea; koreanwar; merrillnewman; nodamnthankyoumoron; northkorea; nothanks; usembassy
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1 posted on 12/07/2013 5:43:21 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

wow

he declined a ride in the pimpliner??


2 posted on 12/07/2013 5:45:07 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

At his age there in no need to be impressed.


3 posted on 12/07/2013 5:46:12 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wouldn’t walk across the stree to spit on that Biden creature.


4 posted on 12/07/2013 5:46:57 PM PST by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Biden ever called me for any reason I’d hang up on him so hard it would make his ears bleed.


5 posted on 12/07/2013 5:47:19 PM PST by Bullish (America should yank Obama like a rotten tooth before he poisons the entire body)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

He didn’t want to catch the Bird Flu Biden is spreading all around Asia.


6 posted on 12/07/2013 5:47:22 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: DIRTYSECRET

hard to impress people who have seen everything and learned enough life lessons


7 posted on 12/07/2013 5:47:36 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

13 hours on a plane with Joe Biden

I bet Biden snores.


8 posted on 12/07/2013 5:47:44 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; GeronL

Can you imagine 12 hours trapped with Joe Biden?


9 posted on 12/07/2013 5:47:46 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Temporary tag line - RIP Paul Walker)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not as stupid as I thought..!

Well played...!


10 posted on 12/07/2013 5:47:47 PM PST by gaijin
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To: Hardastarboard

Worse than a North Korean re-education labor camp!


11 posted on 12/07/2013 5:48:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: BenLurkin

Based on guarding Air Force 1 and 2 when I was in my twenties, Mr. Biden has his own enclosed section of the plane (including a private bedroom), nowhere near the peasants.


12 posted on 12/07/2013 5:50:14 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: Hardastarboard

6 weeks in a NK prison is better than 12 hours trapped on the second best plane in the United States with slow.
Says a lot for the man who will be recognized as one of the nations best vice presidents.


13 posted on 12/07/2013 5:54:01 PM PST by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Turning down such generosity from these thugs will probably earn him an IRS audit. How dare he screw up their photo op!!
14 posted on 12/07/2013 5:55:09 PM PST by ArtDodger
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can bet the old veteran still remembers what a commie looks like.


15 posted on 12/07/2013 5:56:05 PM PST by OftheOhio (never could dance but always could kata - Romeo company)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


16 posted on 12/07/2013 5:56:54 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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17 posted on 12/07/2013 6:02:09 PM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Had Biden not been there he would still be sitting in North Korea..
18 posted on 12/07/2013 6:10:07 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Denied Plugs a photo op and the appearance that he was the hero is what he did. Good for him.


19 posted on 12/07/2013 6:12:14 PM PST by CynicalBear (For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ)
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To: montanajoe

Says who?


20 posted on 12/07/2013 6:12:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Of the 4 wars in my lifetime none came about because the US was too strong." Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why would he want to spend 13 more hours being tortured by a commie?


21 posted on 12/07/2013 6:15:53 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why was he in NK in the first place?


22 posted on 12/07/2013 6:17:35 PM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
So now he's going to be denied health care coverage by the regime over here?

-PJ

23 posted on 12/07/2013 6:18:21 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: SandRat
I could care less about his travel plans but I think folks should recognize the North Koreans released this idiot on the request of the United States and timed it to coincide with the Biden departure from the region...
24 posted on 12/07/2013 6:20:24 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: MeshugeMikey

bump


25 posted on 12/07/2013 6:24:48 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Hardastarboard

a nightmare

many dead brain cells from his incessant stupid yacking


26 posted on 12/07/2013 6:25:19 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Political Junkie Too
"So now he's going to be denied health care coverage by the regime over here?"

I think it's more likely that, after the IRS is done with him, he will qualify for free health care.

27 posted on 12/07/2013 6:25:50 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Hardastarboard

That in itself can be a horror movie for the Scfy Channel =)


28 posted on 12/07/2013 6:30:11 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: montanajoe

You call this 85-¥ear old hero an idiot because he went to North Korea; Joe Biden must be your alter ego…and your match in wits.


29 posted on 12/07/2013 6:31:11 PM PST by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

After 2 hours with Biden he’d begging to be put back in a North Korean cell.


30 posted on 12/07/2013 6:32:39 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Insigne123
I'm calling him an idiot because he has done a great disservice to our Korean Vets and 85 year olds..

Ive been following this story with some interest and the guy has been a fool throughout.

I don't dismiss his heroism in Korea but its really unfortunate he has so badly damaged his personal legacy now...

31 posted on 12/07/2013 6:44:19 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Hardastarboard

> Can you imagine 12 hours trapped with Joe Biden?
Well, it couldn’t possible be as bad as 12 hours with Obama.


32 posted on 12/07/2013 6:47:44 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Democrats believe in a two-party system—the masters and the slaves.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this the same soldier that went back to N Korea because he promised his fellow downed pilot that he would come back for him?
If this is the same 80+yr old man I thought he came and went without finding his comrades downed plane due to bad weather...


33 posted on 12/07/2013 6:51:45 PM PST by mowowie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I remember as a kid watching some congressional hearing and seeing this Biden guy drone on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and that was just the first 3 hours.....
Imagine being 85 years old and having to sit next to THAT for 13 hours!!
no thanks


34 posted on 12/07/2013 6:55:41 PM PST by mowowie
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To: GeronL
ahaha INDEED the only thing worse might be taking a ride home with Bela Pelosi ..who by the way has accepted and offer to be a BUG WHOOP spooks,,,er spokes face..


35 posted on 12/07/2013 6:55:59 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: GeronL
I had to triple check the source..on this one because the Healdline...the Thread Title ... looked like surefire SATIRE to me...




36 posted on 12/07/2013 7:17:38 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Way to go, Merrill.


37 posted on 12/07/2013 7:27:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: MeshugeMikey

rofl


38 posted on 12/07/2013 7:31:40 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Revolting cat!
Worse than a North Korean re-education labor camp!

Can you see someone pleading to be allowed to go back to North Korea?

39 posted on 12/07/2013 7:37:45 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: montanajoe
Had Biden not been there he would still be sitting in North Korea..

Don't know if that's true, but give Biden props, if he hadn't offered a ride, he would have been a target of ridicule, and he had to understand that the offer might be refused, for whatever reason.

40 posted on 12/07/2013 7:40:52 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Biden is liable to come out of his private area and fire a shotgun thru the ceiling.


41 posted on 12/07/2013 7:41:15 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: ArtDodger

Best of the thread. What you said. Isn’t it the truth.


42 posted on 12/07/2013 7:42:43 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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To: montanajoe
I could care less about his travel plans but I think folks should recognize the North Koreans released this idiot on the request of the United States and timed it to coincide with the Biden departure from the region...

Sure does look obvious. Meanwhile, a Christian Pastor is still held in Iran, probably being tortured.

43 posted on 12/07/2013 7:46:43 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: JPG

LOL That is exactly what popped into my mind!


44 posted on 12/07/2013 7:46:45 PM PST by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: GeronL
another spokesface has just signed up


45 posted on 12/07/2013 7:57:30 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: GeronL
With his generation it takes a lot to impress them.

The first man to break the sound barrier: awesome.
Sending a submarine under the North Pole: pretty neat.
The first man in outer space: worthy of buying him a beer.
The first man to walk on the moon: he should never have to pay for a drink...ever.

A career politician from the tiny state of Delaware: meh.

46 posted on 12/07/2013 7:58:36 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

he probably raised it and shucked it and cured it and...


47 posted on 12/07/2013 8:08:06 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: GeronL

Al Gores a regular user...but refuses to capitalize on his fabulous record...


48 posted on 12/07/2013 8:17:22 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m on Biden’s plane in a minute....do you realize the quality liquor cabinet that it must hold???? and I’m a guest!!!!!


49 posted on 12/07/2013 8:34:02 PM PST by terycarl (common sense rules overall)
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To: GeronL
ah yes another Big Whoop Spokes Nose of Note


50 posted on 12/07/2013 8:45:26 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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