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The President Lands on the USS Abraham Lincoln--PHOTOS HERE

Posted on 05/01/2003 12:33:05 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs

President

Bush (news - web sites) lands in a U.S. Navy (news - web sites) S-3B Viking on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, in this image from video, Thursday, May 1, 2003, in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. The S-3B Viking is dubbed Navy One because of its presidential passenger. (AP Photo/APTN)


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KEYWORDS: carrierbush; navyone; pictures
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Please post the photos you find of this historic event.
1 posted on 05/01/2003 12:33:05 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: BigWaveBetty; Billie; mountaineer; Timeout; ClancyJ; daisyscarlett; LBGA; Rheo; retrokitten; ...
Ping
2 posted on 05/01/2003 12:33:59 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Thank you. Workbound here with only the NBC feed. Please, please some photos of that big grin when he got off the plane!
3 posted on 05/01/2003 12:36:22 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: McLynnan
I keep refreshing the photo site. He looks so wonderful and happy to be on the Aircraft Carrier.
4 posted on 05/01/2003 12:39:15 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
This is a good one!


5 posted on 05/01/2003 12:39:40 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: McLynnan

6 posted on 05/01/2003 12:40:25 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: texasbluebell
Hey!! Where did you get those!! They are fantastic.
7 posted on 05/01/2003 12:41:51 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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8 posted on 05/01/2003 12:43:50 PM PDT by Registered (RIP Baghdad Bob)
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To: texasbluebell; Hillary's Lovely Legs
Haha! Doesn't he look like a thrilled little kid? I was so excited for him. Still watching the NBC live feed and he's working that crowd like a pro. Thinking we should make flight suits the required Presidential daily uniform. Thanks.
9 posted on 05/01/2003 12:43:59 PM PDT by McLynnan
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To: texasbluebell
How could Bush be so insensitive.

Why should liberals be subjected to such images on their highest of holy days.

May day.

10 posted on 05/01/2003 12:44:19 PM PDT by freedomson (Baruch haba b'shem Adonai!)
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11 posted on 05/01/2003 12:44:51 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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To: texasbluebell
"Let's go blow sumpin' up!"
12 posted on 05/01/2003 12:46:15 PM PDT by Feckless
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To: texasbluebell
The new Air Force One.
13 posted on 05/01/2003 12:47:09 PM PDT by TheDon ( It is as difficult to provoke the United States as it is to survive its eventual and tardy response)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Well, found 'em on another thread, but I don't know the source for them. Pretty cute, aren't they?
14 posted on 05/01/2003 12:48:00 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
That one's a keeper! He looks like the happiest man in the world. Old Buzzard Billy must be kicking himself that he never thought of doing something like this for fun instead of his regular illegal activities.
15 posted on 05/01/2003 12:48:34 PM PDT by McLynnan
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16 posted on 05/01/2003 12:48:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: McLynnan
I am sorry you can't watch this live. It's so exciting to see the joy on everyone's faces on that ship. The president is having the time of his life.
17 posted on 05/01/2003 12:50:09 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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18 posted on 05/01/2003 12:51:36 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
This one's great too, in SD before the flight out to the Lincoln.


19 posted on 05/01/2003 12:51:42 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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20 posted on 05/01/2003 12:52:37 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: McLynnan; BigWaveBetty; texasbluebell; mountaineer; Endeavor; Utah Girl; Timeout; Iowa Granny; ...

21 posted on 05/01/2003 12:53:06 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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22 posted on 05/01/2003 12:54:02 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Looking good and making the USofA look great! The Pres and the all crew! May God bless our fighting forces, our defense forces and our Commander in Chief.
23 posted on 05/01/2003 12:57:35 PM PDT by dennisw
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24 posted on 05/01/2003 12:57:55 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: texasbluebell
He's the man!
25 posted on 05/01/2003 12:59:06 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Quite a bit different from an El Camino with a carpet in the back, huh?
26 posted on 05/01/2003 1:00:41 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: texasbluebell
They all learned from you, Ronnie Reagan.
27 posted on 05/01/2003 1:00:57 PM PDT by Digger
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28 posted on 05/01/2003 1:01:32 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: sarasota
SAN DIEGO (May 1) - President Bush has landed on board a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Pacific, where he will mark the end of major military operations in a prime-time television address.

President Bush wants to call the war in Iraq a success and give Americans some sense of finality now that U.S. warplanes are no longer dropping bombs on Baghdad and military ground operations are limited mostly to skirmishes and policing.

Six weeks ago, Bush appeared on television to inform the nation that the war had begun with a mission targeting Iraq's leader, Saddam Hussein.

On the same day that Bush was prepared to proclaim fighting over in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was made a similar declaration for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Bush also is to proclaim that the speedy military operation has improved the security of the United States and liberated the Iraqi people from Saddam Hussein's brutal reign, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said. While ushering out the combat phase, Bush's remarks will herald the official beginning of Iraq's reconstruction, he said.

''This is a marked and important moment because ... the Iraqi people now have freedom. The threat to the United States has been removed,'' Fleischer said.

Still, the president will carefully phrase his words so that he does not actually declare either victory or an end to war.

Such declarations could trigger international provisions requiring the speedy release of prisoners of war, limiting efforts to go after deposed Iraqi leaders and designating the United States as an occupying power.

Another factor is the situation on the ground. U.S. troops have fired on and killed anti-U.S. protesters in recent days, for instance, after saying they were fired on first from among the crowds. ''Threats do, indeed, remain,'' Fleischer said.

Iraq's suspected weapons of mass destruction that were Bush's rationale for war - but which have not been found - are another tricky topic. White House officials were cryptic about how, or if, the president would handle it - or the unknown whereabouts of Saddam.

Fleischer also would not predict when the war would be declared legally over.

In a sign of the political significance of the address, set for 9 p.m. EDT, Bush rehearsed the speech Wednesday in the White House theater.

Providing the backdrop for the carefully staged event are the more than 5,000 sailors and Marines who are still aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln and will be only hours away from seeing their families for the first time in nearly 10 months. The ship, bound for its home port of Everett, Wash., is to reach San Diego Friday.

A total of 16,500 sorties were launched from the Lincoln deck as part of three separate Pentagon missions - the operation to patrol the southern no-fly zone in Iraq, the military's efforts in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq. No aircraft or Navy personnel were lost in the sorties.

In paying his tribute, Bush was to portray the Iraq war as just one piece of the continuing war on terror. He also was to broadly outline his vision of a new kind of warfare, a senior administration official said.

Bush flew from the White House to California on Air Force One. Then, after exchanging his suit and tie for a flight suit and getting briefed on ejection procedures, he was ferried to the ship, still hundreds of miles off the California coast, by a tiny Navy plane.

The S-3B ''Viking'' - dubbed Navy One because of its presidential passenger - has room only for Bush, riding in the front seat next to the pilot, and two or three more passengers.

The president was in for an exciting - but not risky -landing, according to administration officials. As the plane hits the Lincoln at about 150 mph, cables stretched across the deck are to catch it and wrench it to a stop in only a couple seconds.

''Never can tell what's going to kick in,'' the president, a former pilot, joked to reporters before an Oval Office meeting Wednesday with the president of Colombia. ''Let me just say, stay clear of the landing pattern.''

Rear Adm. John Kelly, commander of the Lincoln battle group, said Thursday on CBS' ''The Early Show'' that the pilot slated to land Bush on the carrier ''has flown through extraordinary pressure in support of combat operations for months now. I am very confident that he'll do a great job.''

White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett said Thursday on NBC's ''Today'' that flying the jet to the carrier ''is actually safer than a helicopter because you have the ability to eject. In a helicopter, if something goes wrong, you're stuck.''

Once aboard, Bush was touring the 1,100-foot ship's operations center, watching fighter jets take off from the deck and meeting with F-18 pilots and with Capt. Kendall L. Card. He was dining with about 150 enlisted sailors after the speech.

The president was spending the night in captain's quarters. After breakfast in the morning, he was to leave ahead of the carrier's arrival into port so his presence would not delay troops' reunion with loved ones.

His return to land would be far less thrilling, but by more familiar means - the Marine One helicopter that is one of his standard modes of transport.
29 posted on 05/01/2003 1:01:56 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
A man's man, vs any other pretender the Dems can throw up.I bet Slick will be torqued beyond belief when he sees those pics ;-)
30 posted on 05/01/2003 1:03:11 PM PDT by habs4ever
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To: sarasota
He's the top Top Gun!
31 posted on 05/01/2003 1:03:31 PM PDT by texasbluebell
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To: Utah Girl
LOL! Everyone must have been issued new shirts and float coats just for the president. Usually those shirts abd coats are so grungy that you can barely tell what color they are! (the planes and flight deck are usually greasy and nasty)
32 posted on 05/01/2003 1:04:47 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: habs4ever; BigWaveBetty
The president was spending the night in captain's quarters. After breakfast in the morning, he was to leave ahead of the carrier's arrival into port so his presence would not delay troops' reunion with loved ones.

It's never about Bush, it's always about others. Bless this man.

33 posted on 05/01/2003 1:05:01 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Damn!

Now... That's a Commander-in-Chief!

34 posted on 05/01/2003 1:05:10 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Californians are as dumm as a sack of rocks)
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To: TheDon
Sorry -

Navy One

35 posted on 05/01/2003 1:05:37 PM PDT by Triple (All forms of socialism deny individuals the right to the fruits of their labor)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Tom Daschile and Hitlary Clinton must be one jealous *astard and *itch respectively.
36 posted on 05/01/2003 1:06:24 PM PDT by The South Texan (The TV Media (save FOX News,) is our worst Enemy!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
so his presence would not delay troops' reunion with loved ones.

What! No three hour haircuts?

37 posted on 05/01/2003 1:08:43 PM PDT by asformeandformyhouse
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38 posted on 05/01/2003 1:09:39 PM PDT by Utah Girl
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To: aruanan
Quite a bit different from an El Camino with a carpet in the back, huh?

You've got that right. If you really want to laugh (or cry) just try to imagine Algore doing the same thing. Nah, on second thought, jet fuel causes global warming. He probably would have jogged.

39 posted on 05/01/2003 1:10:03 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
W, I'll be your wingman anytime!
40 posted on 05/01/2003 1:10:35 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Check out DU for their responses...sad.
41 posted on 05/01/2003 1:11:08 PM PDT by damper99
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To: Triple
Navy One.

OK.

Where'e the pic of the "Navy 1" paint job?
I know it was on there.

42 posted on 05/01/2003 1:11:08 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Californians are as dumm as a sack of rocks)
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To: Utah Girl
TOP GUN and the real deal, what a wonderful day for our President, troops and all true Americans.
44 posted on 05/01/2003 1:12:46 PM PDT by Hila
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To: Triple
LOL! My bad. Navy One!
45 posted on 05/01/2003 1:13:09 PM PDT by TheDon ( It is as difficult to provoke the United States as it is to survive its eventual and tardy response)
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To: TheDon
The new Air Force One

That's NAVY ONE!

DTOM

46 posted on 05/01/2003 1:15:31 PM PDT by Ace's Dad
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To: texasbluebell
Top Gun swagger time!!
47 posted on 05/01/2003 1:21:04 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Praise God, thank you God. At last - A Commander-In-Chief!
48 posted on 05/01/2003 1:21:30 PM PDT by hardhead (Hate Speech = Anything leftists do not agree with.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
The president was spending the night in captain's quarters. After breakfast in the morning, he was to leave ahead of the carrier's arrival into port so his presence would not delay troops' reunion with loved ones.

Says so much about him, leaving so the troops can have an on-time reunion. I'm sure he and his staff don't think that's only courtesy, but from the perspective of one who has been there, it's huge!

DTOM (Old Navy phrase from the first Navy jack)

49 posted on 05/01/2003 1:22:06 PM PDT by Ace's Dad
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To: Ace's Dad
Translation please?
50 posted on 05/01/2003 1:23:44 PM PDT by sarasota
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