Skip to comments.Kerry 'Flips Off' Vietnam Vet(He has no shame)
Posted on 05/31/2004 8:09:15 PM PDT by Kaslin
Democratic Senator - and certain presidential nominee - John F. Kerry gave the middle finger to a Vietnam veteran at the Vietnam Memorial Wall on Memorial Day morning, NewsMax.com has learned.
Ted Sampley, a former Green Beret who served two full tours in Vietnam, spotted Kerry and his Secret Service detail at about 9:00 AM Monday morning at the Wall. Sampley walked up to Kerry, extended his hand and said, "Senator, I am Ted Sampley, the head of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, and I am here to escort you away from the Wall because you do not belong here."
At that point a Secret Service officer told Sampley to back away from Kerry. Sampley moved about six feet away and opened his jacket to reveal a HANOI JOHN tee-shirt.
Kerry then began talking to a group of school children. Sampley then showed the tee-shirt to the children and said, "Kerry does not belong at the Wall because he betrayed the brave soldiers who fought in Vietnam."
Just then Kerry - in front of the school children, other visitors and Secret Service agents - brazenly 'flashed the bird' at Sampley and then yelled out to everyone, "Sampley is a felon!"
Kerry was referring to an incident 12 years ago when Sampley confronted Senator John McCain's cheif aide, Mark Salter, in a Senate stairwell after McCain repeatedly offended POW families at a Senate POW hearing. Sampley, whose father-in-law at that time was MIA in Laos, followed Salter into the stairwell and, when they emerged, Salter had a bloody lip and a broken nose.
Sampley's group, Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, has garnered huge national attention and been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post and on MSNBC's Scarborough Country. Tens of thousands of Vietnam vets have registered their opposition to Kerry through Sampley's group.
Clearly Sampley has gotten under Kerry's skin once again.
This story is another example of sloppy NewsMax reporting. Consider the heart of the allegation:
> Just then Kerry - in front of the school children, other visitors and Secret Service agents - brazenly 'flashed the bird' at Sampley and then yelled out to everyone, "Sampley is a felon!" <
Who's doing the relating here? We're not told. Sampley's quotes have run out, it's not him talking. This is simply the writer talking, and we don't know what his sources are. Where are corroborating witnesses? Or, for that matter, the attempt to get the other side of the story from the Kerry camp? NM really has to tighten up its standards. If they would do so they would have far more impact, as more people would come to trust them.
Thanks. That's one guy, at least, who's willing to sign his name to what happened.
I hope this reaches Hanity et al or even OReilly.
That's just how Kerry reacts when he gets "Hanoi'd".
That "eye witness" account sounds 3rd party to me.
Carl, folks are clamoring for verification. Were there any witnesses? Can you please shed any light?
Yeah, I took that back already...
there is no pic of the snowboarding fall. Was it fake?
Gotcha. I'm precaffinated and slow as molasass this morning.
Prince John strikes again.
You have to realize that John Kerry is in a bad mood these days. First, he is the invisible, non-candidate. Second, no one has any interest in him. I watched his movement and participation in the Memorial Day activities, and it was quite clear that he was not receiving a warm reception. All his campaign stops were lightly attended. I guess like the woman that accosted him at the Vietnam Memorial, most American people are learning that this guy is a traitor, and in fact, was directly responsible for the deaths of some of those brave Americans whose names are etched into the wall.
Allright Ted!....too bad you didnt get a chance to break that assault finger off....
I cant think of a more disgusting job then to have to protect this POS....what a bummer
I am one of the original donor$ to this project known as The Wall. Also, an annual donor and at times, in between. The Wall must be maintained. At one time, some of the panels were cracking. Had to be replaced. A new light system is being installed. This Wall was built by Vietnam Vets and those interested in Honoring our Fallen.
Much info can be found @ www.vvmf.org
Anyone has the right to visit without being told "I am here to escort you away from the Wall because you do not belong here." An LEO could perhaps escort a malcontent or disruptor from the Wall, but Mr.Sampley was acting in no official capacity, assuming this whole thing happened in the first place. He, nor anyone else has such authority. The Wall belongs to us all...
I stand corrected. Sorry about that.
Amazing - and he wants to be president? Regardless of what he feels - he has to maintain some sort of dignity in public. He is absolutely out of control. He is a child.
Thanks for the ping!