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  • MSNBC Crops President Bush Out of Newsweek Cover

    On Wednesday's Morning Joe on MSNBC, host Joe Scarborough pointed out the cover of the latest edition of Newsweek magazine, which proclaimed "Victory At Last; The Emergence of A Democratic Iraq" and featured a picture of President George W. Bush walking the deck of an aircraft carrier. However, the image of Newsweek that appeared on screen cropped out President Bush's face entirely. The magazine cover showed Bush on the deck of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in 2003, after making his "Mission Accomplished" speech following the successful invasion of Iraq. While Newsweek cropped the picture to include half of Bush's body...
  • (repost) FR EXCLUSIVE: "Mission Accomplished" banner was ordered by the Navy, not by the White House

    01/15/2009 3:55:19 PM PST · by doug from upland · 19 replies · 702+ views
    Skip to comments.FR EXCLUSIVE: "Mission Accomplished" banner was ordered by the Navy, not by the White House NAVY WEBSITE ^ | 5-1-07 | DFU Posted on 05/01/2007 2:40:20 PM PDT by doug from upland Because today is the fourth anniversary of the commander in chief landing aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN with the famous "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner, the enemies at home are going to attempt to use it for political purposes. I don't think I need to name the enemies at home. We all know them well. They are the ones who see defeat as politically beneficial to them and...
  • Bush's Mission Accomplished

    07/19/2008 5:59:39 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 19 replies · 201+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 19, 2008 | Paul Kengor
    It was a little over five years ago, on May 1, 2003, that President George W. Bush was set to speak aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. It was assumed the president would arrive on the aircraft carrier in the way a president arrives on an aircraft carrier -- via helicopter. Instead, the president of the United States, who in the 1970s flew fighter planes in the Texas Air Guard, entered via an SB-3B Viking, which he flew with two other pilots, leaving the landing -- one of the most dangerous feats in aviation, akin to parking a car at a...
  • NYT - Spinning Iraq - Mission Not Accomplished

    05/03/2008 11:10:20 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 18 replies · 117+ views
    NYT ^ | May 3rd, 2008 | Editorial
    President Bush will never live down “Mission Accomplished” — and should not. When the White House’s spinners spun that claim five years ago (remember the aircraft carrier?), it seemed cocky and premature. As Mr. Bush continues his $526 billion war-without-end in Iraq, it seems stunningly deceitful. The only mission that needs to be accomplished is an orderly exit from Iraq, and Mr. Bush is no closer to acknowledging that reality. Neither is Senator John McCain. All Congress seems capable of is hand-wringing. So it is up to Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton to revive the national debate on...
  • McCain: 'Mission accomplished' banner not Bush's fault

    05/01/2008 11:27:29 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies · 80+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 01, 2008 | LIBBY QUAID
    Republican John McCain says President Bush should not be held responsible for the much-criticized "mission accomplished" banner five years ago, but he should be blamed for bungling the early months of the Iraq war. Thursday was the fifth anniversary of Bush's dramatic landing on an aircraft carrier where the banner hung. The certain GOP presidential nominee said he thought the banner was a mistake at the time.
  • Associated Press Photographer Uses Photo Caption As Bush Bashing Editorial

    10/04/2007 2:55:26 PM PDT · by Doctor Raoul · 43 replies · 1,408+ views
    Associated Press Photowire Via Yahoo ^ | Thu Oct 4, 2:08 PM ET | Scott Applewhite
    President Bush declares the end of major combat in Iraq as he speaks aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast, in this May 1, 2003 file photo. Over and over, President Bush confidently promised to 'solve problems, not pass them on to future presidents and future generations.' As the clock runs out on his eight-year presidency, a tall stack of troubles remain and Bush's words seem to ring hollow. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Click here for the original AP photowire entry on Yahoo News.
  • FR EXCLUSIVE: "Mission Accomplished" banner was ordered by the Navy, not by the White House

    05/01/2007 2:40:20 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 160 replies · 4,323+ views
    NAVY WEBSITE ^ | 5-1-07 | DFU
    Because today is the fourth anniversary of the commander in chief landing aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN with the famous "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner, the enemies at home are going to attempt to use it for political purposes. I don't think I need to name the enemies at home. We all know them well. They are the ones who see defeat as politically beneficial to them and will do whatever they can to embolden the enemy and hurt our troops. To get to the truth of the story, I phoned the media office of the 2nd Fleet in Norfolk, VA. The...
  • 'Mission Accomplished' Anniversary

    05/02/2006 9:11:25 AM PDT · by screw boll · 19 replies · 671+ views
    CBS NEWS ^ | May 1, 2006 | AP
    Three years ago on Monday, aboard the Everett-based USS Abraham Lincoln, "The tyrant has fallen and Iraq is free," President Bush declared, standing underneath a banner proclaiming: "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED." Those two words have lingered uneasily since. A look at Iraq today shows that despite progress toward democracy, billions spent on reconstruction and the best efforts of its own people and an international coalition, the battle for Iraq's future is far from over.
  • (reprise)FR EXCLUSIVE:INTERVIEW WITH HIGH LEVEL NAVY COMMANDER -- PRESIDENT BUSH'S TAILHOOK LANDING

    12/30/2005 10:46:08 AM PST · by doug from upland · 14 replies · 1,628+ views
    interveiw with Navy commander | 12-30-2005 (orig. 2003) | dfu
    FR EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW WITH HIGH LEVEL NAVY COMMANDER REGARDING PRESIDENT BUSH'S TAILHOOK LANDINGa Navy commander | May 9., 2003 | dfu Posted on 05/09/2003 1:56:27 PM PDT by doug from upland After listening to the rantings and ravings of the DemocRATS who are both jealous and livid after seeing a beloved commander in chief do a tailhook landing on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, I wanted to get the real story. After about 5 calls and transfers and return calls, I just spoke with a Navy commander who deals with public relations. He is very high level, but because this issue...
  • Before his death, Navy flier escorted president to carrier

    09/12/2004 10:11:01 PM PDT · by pittsburgh gop guy · 44 replies · 2,964+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Monday, September 13, 2004 | Jerome L. Sherman
    Before his death, Navy flier escorted president to carrier Monday, September 13, 2004 By Jerome L. Sherman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette On May 1, 2003, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Zellem was standing in a briefing room at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego when President George W. Bush entered, wearing an olive-green naval flight suit. "Mr. President," Zellem said, "you look awesome." Lt. Cmdr. Scott Zellem, right, stands with Lt. Rockne Baker, left, and President George W. Bush.     "Thanks, 'Z-man,' " Bush replied, using Zellem's Navy call sign.Later that day, the president made a tailhook landing on the USS...
  • Dear Senator Byrd (About President Bush's visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln)

    02/14/2004 4:00:33 AM PST · by ultima ratio · 20 replies · 171+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 2/13/04 | USN (Ret) CDR Lewis F. McIntyre
    Dear Senator Byrd By Lewis F. McIntyre FrontPageMagazine.com | February 13, 2004 Below is USN (Ret) CDR Lewis F. McIntyre's letter to Senator Byrd about President Bush's visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln. * Senator Byrd, As a retired Naval Officer, with two Gulf carrier deployments under my belt, I find your criticism of President Bush's visit to the Lincoln offensive in the extreme! This is the first time that the Commander-in-Chief took time out of his schedule to pay a visit to thank those who served in the line of fire, in a way that was both dramatic and...
  • Letter to Sen. Byrd re Bush's Carrier Landing

    02/13/2004 12:25:00 PM PST · by americanSoul · 17 replies · 208+ views
    www.frontpagemag.com ^ | Feb. 13, 2004 | Lewis F. McIntyre CDR, USN (Ret
    Dear Senator Byrd By Lewis F. McIntyre FrontPageMagazine.com | February 13, 2004 Below is USN (Ret) CDR Lewis F. McIntyre's letter to Senator Byrd about President Bush's visit to the USS Abraham Lincoln. Senator Byrd, As a retired Naval Officer, with two Gulf carrier deployments under my belt, I find your criticism of President Bush's visit to the Lincoln offensive in the extreme! This is the first time that the Commander-in-Chief took time out of his schedule to pay a visit to thank those who served in the line of fire, in a way that was both dramatic and meaningful...
  • McAuliffe: Bush Dodged Nat'l Guard Service

    11/09/2003 12:13:49 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 124 replies · 340+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/9/03 | Limbacher
    Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe complained on Sunday that President Bush shouldn't have worn a flightsuit on the deck of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln earlier this year because of allegations he didn't fulfill a commitment to serve in the Alabama National Guard 30-years ago. Complaining about the president's May 1 appearance on the Lincoln's flight deck, McAuliffe told CNN's "Late Edition" that Bush "didn't wear [a flightsuit] when he should have worn one when he was supposedly in the Alabama National Guard." The insinuation that Bush dodged military service stunned fellow "Late Edition" guest, Republican National Committee...
  • Bush's 'Bannergate' Shuffle

    11/01/2003 11:17:45 PM PST · by Pikamax · 19 replies · 198+ views
    TIME ^ | 11/01/03 | John Dickerson
    Bush's 'Bannergate' Shuffle The White House dance over that 'Mission Accomplished' banner may portend a broader credibility problem Saturday, Nov. 01, 2003 When George Bush landed on the deck of the U.S.S. Lincoln last spring, Democrats fibrillated. They denounced the scenes of a triumphant Commander-in-Chief surrounded by cheering troops as crassly choreographed for 30-second campaign ads, and fumed that the whole stunt had been paid for by the taxpayers. Now,the same critics can't wait to cue the tape. As American casualties mount and bombs shake Baghdad, the image of Bush's flight suit strut under a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished" is...
  • Bush remarks on "mission accomplished" banner embarrass White House

    10/29/2003 11:19:56 PM PST · by kattracks · 23 replies · 259+ views
    Agence France-Presse | 10/30/03
    A banner proclaiming "mission accomplished" on the aircraft carrier where President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq came back to haunt him as the death toll rises.Bush's attempt to explain the banner at a press conference Tuesday only heightened the controversy, with the White House attempting to dig itself out."What (the president) said was that it was put up by the Navy, by people on board the ship and that was correct," his spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday."It was an idea that was suggested by those on the ship as a way to honor...
  • President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended (FLASHBACK: what he REALLY said)

    10/28/2003 7:55:59 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 36 replies · 1,610+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | May 1, 2003 | President George W. Bush
    President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended Remarks by the President from the USS Abraham Lincoln At Sea Off the Coast of San Diego, California THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed. (Applause.) And now our coalition is engaged in securing and reconstructing that country. In this battle, we have fought for the cause of liberty, and for the peace of the...
  • Bush disavows 'Mission Accomplished' banner on aircraft carrier

    10/28/2003 6:26:55 PM PST · by Brian S · 80 replies · 323+ views
    <p>Six months after he spoke on an aircraft carrier deck under a banner proclaiming "Mission Accomplished," President Bush disavowed any connection with the war message. Later, the White House changed its story and said there was a link.</p> <p>The "Mission Accomplished" boast has been mocked many times since Bush's carrier speech as criticism has mounted over the failed search for weapons of mass destruction and the continuing violence in Iraq.</p>
  • `Mission accomplished': Bush brag or Demo fib?

    09/21/2003 7:17:32 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 16 replies · 1,223+ views
    U.S. News- Washington Whispers ^ | 09/29/03 | Paul Bedard
    After weeks of Democratic assaults that President Bush was a nitwit for declaring "mission accomplished" in Iraq during his May 1 landing and victory speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln, the White House is bidding to set the story straight. The issue should be a simple one: Bush never uttered those words. "The president," argues communications boss Dan Bartlett, "said exactly the opposite: The mission continues." But Bush stood under a banner declaring "mission accomplished." Why? Bartlett says that the Lincoln's captain had the banner made up to thank his crew for the longest-ever carrier tour, not to declare the...
  • Kerry vs. Bush on an Aircraft Carrier

    09/02/2003 2:44:14 PM PDT · by finnman69 · 57 replies · 596+ views
    Tuesday, September 2 2003 MORE KERRY: Here's the link to Kerry's speech. And by the way, where's the outrage from the Dems over Kerry's use of an aircraft carrier as a political prop? Let's compare: "I am loath to think of an aircraft carrier being used as an advertising backdrop for a presidential political slogan, and yet that is what I saw." - Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV)
  • Action Figures For Imbeciles It's the G.W. Bush "aviator" doll [S.F. Barf Alert]

    08/22/2003 7:27:11 AM PDT · by Cultural Jihad · 128 replies · 483+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 22, 2003 | Mark Morford
    <p>Oh my God honey that is so damn cute our little Timmy will just love that Bush doll, once he gets through playing with all his tanks and guns and finishes shoving M-80s into the cat and once the Ritalin kicks in, wow Bush sure looks totally hot in that outfit doesn't he honey? Maybe I'll just go "play" with him in the bathroom for a bit, K? Where's the margarine? Back in 5.</p>
  • George Bush Action Figure

    08/13/2003 8:58:25 PM PDT · by cherry_bomb88 · 48 replies · 522+ views
    K*B Toys | August 13, 2003 | KB Toys
    BBI proudly introduces the latest issue in its Elite Force series of authentic military 12- inch figures, President George W. Bush in naval aviator flight uniform. Exacting in detail and fully equipped with authentic gear, this limited-edition action figure is a meticulous 1:6 scale recreation of the Commander-in-Chief's appearance during his historic Aircraft Carrier landing. On May 1, 2003, President Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the Pacific Ocean, and officially declared the end to major combat in Iraq. While at the controls of an S-3B Viking aircraft from the "Blue Sea Wolves" of Sea Control Squadron...
  • Dubya a Real Doll

    08/13/2003 10:09:54 AM PDT · by Conservative til I die · 14 replies · 1,779+ views
    The New York Post ^ | 08/13/2003 | Vincent Morris
    <p>August 13, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Meet GI George, a high-flying, helmet-carrying Navy pilot who should be strutting into a toy store near you by September. Blue Box Toys, a Chinese company that also produces "Little Kitty" products, is hoping to sell at least 5,000 of the 12-inch-tall Bush figurines commemorating the president's May 1 landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier, when he declared that major combat in Iraq was over.</p>
  • Caption this: GI George

    08/12/2003 10:27:55 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 16 replies · 269+ views
    In September, KB Toys will begin selling an action figure depicting President Bush when he landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln.
  • 'Choking Hazard' for Democrats: Bush Action Figure

    08/12/2003 9:17:13 AM PDT · by kattracks · 142 replies · 1,476+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 8/12/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    Here's a little item that ought to throw Tom Daschle, Terry McAuliffe, Hillary Clinton and company into an apoplectic rage: A President Bush military action figure is coming soon to your friendly neighborhood toy store. "When President Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln three months ago in a naval flight suit, many commentators believed that the image of the vigorous president on the aircraft carrier would figure prominently in his reelection campaign. What the commentators did not predict is that Bush would become his own G.I. Joe doll," the Washington Post reported today. The Hong Kong company Blue...
  • U.S. President and Naval Aviator - 12" G. W. Bush Action Figure

    08/07/2003 1:47:29 PM PDT · by rface · 61 replies · 1,879+ views
    K-B Toys | Aug. 2003 | K-B Toys
    Elite Force Aviator: George W. Bush - U.S. President and Naval Aviator - 12" Action Figure Pre-order: Available 09/15/03 Description: BBI proudly introduces the latest issue in its Elite Force series of authentic military 12- inch figures, President George W. Bush in naval aviator flight uniform. Exacting in detail and fully equipped with authentic gear, this limited-edition action figure is a meticulous 1:6 scale recreation of the Commander-in-Chief's appearance during his historic Aircraft Carrier landing. On May 1, 2003, President Bush landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in the Pacific Ocean, and officially declared the end to major combat...
  • Photo of President Bush needed

    08/06/2003 12:09:22 PM PDT · by 4everontheRight · 27 replies · 1,531+ views
    8/06/03 | 4everonthe right
    I am in a bad mood today and nothing would make me feel better than a picture of President Bush on the USS Abraham Lincoln back in May. Between the gay bishop and the democrats in general, I need a good dose of patriotism!!!! Anyone got one to post?
  • Bush supporters use aircraft carrier photo in raising money

    07/24/2003 7:06:10 AM PDT · by rface · 14 replies · 279+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON -- The White House said that President Bush's landing on an aircraft carrier to declare the end of war in Iraq was not intended for his political gain. But a conservative group that supports Bush's policies has built a fundraising campaign around an official Navy photo of the president on the ship's deck.</p>
  • The Stud Factor

    07/12/2003 2:57:37 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 38 replies · 229+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/13/03 | Paul Waldman
    Go Ahead and Strut, But Don't Expect the Voters to Swoon Macho sells. It helps hawk products from cars to cigarettes. Why not presidential candidates? Consider the twitter that Top Gun George W. Bush touched off recently when his flight-suited figure hit the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and he proceeded to glad hand the crew like a jet jockey back from a raid. The president's "manly" display "just won every woman's vote in the United States of America," crowed conservative radio talk-show host G. Gordon Liddy. Meanwhile, White House aides like to suggest that Bush's Democratic...
  • Picture Of George W. Bush In Flight Suit

    07/01/2003 5:16:37 PM PDT · by ranair34 · 122 replies · 9,183+ views
    I had been looking for weeks for a picture of Bush in his flight suit and finally found one. I thought everyone else would like it as well. Enjoy!
  • Echoes of Lincoln

    05/23/2003 7:47:04 AM PDT · by americanSoul · 13 replies · 430+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 23, 2003 | Gabriel Ledeen
    May 23, 2003, 8:50 a.m. Echoes of Lincoln The continuing Lincoln debate. By Gabriel Ledeen Amid the glut of media attention on President Bush's landing on the USS Lincoln — and the subsequent protestations by various Democratic leaders — the event's substantial historical and symbolic significance has been ignored. With questions ranging from cost estimates to docking delays and sex appeal, the most important aspect of the incident is the one that has remained unexamined: What does it mean? The setting of the speech was obviously symbolic, not merely because the president landed on a carrier returning home from battle...
  • Dear Senator Byrd (re: Bush visits USS Lincoln.)

    05/22/2003 5:15:23 PM PDT · by Jeff Gordon · 37 replies · 294+ views
    Forwarded Email | Lewis F. McIntyre, CDR, USN (Ret)
    Senator Byrd, As a retired Naval Officer, with two Gulf carrier deployments under my belt, I find your criticism of President Bush's visit to the Lincoln offensive in the extreme! This is the first time that the Commander-in-Chief took time out of his busy wartime schedule to pay a visit to thank those who served in the line of fire, in way that was both dramatic and meaningful to those on the carrier. Perhaps if LBJ got off his fat ass to do something similar, our troops' morale in Vietnam might not have been so low. As a Naval officer,...
  • Bush's Basket - Why the President Had to Show His....(Read it before its deleted!)

    05/20/2003 11:26:24 AM PDT · by dead · 224 replies · 1,047+ views
    Village Voice ^ | May 21 - 27, 2003 | Richard Goldstein
    In the annals of infotainment, few moments match the sight of George Bush leaping from the cockpit of a fighter jet and striding across the deck of a carrier at sea. Top Gun: The Pseudo Event enchanted the public, horrified liberals, and galvanized the press. Suddenly media mavens noticed that Bush's handlers have elevated the photo-op to pure cinema. So what else is new? Actually there was something novel about this occasion, but it passed utterly below the radar. Discretion prevented anyone from mentioning that Bush's outfit gave him a very vivid basket. This was the first a time a...
  • Kane native "hangs out" with President

    05/18/2003 12:34:56 AM PDT · by Schakaljager · 6 replies · 652+ views
    Kane Republican ^ | 5/8/2003 | Ted Lutz
    "It was like hanging out with an old buddy." That's how Kane native Lt. Ryan Phillips describes his three-hour side-by-side experience with President George W. Bush, who addressed the nation Thursday from the USS Abraham Lincoln. Phillips, a 1994 graduate of Kane Area High School, sat directly behind the President in the four-man Navy S-3B Viking combat jet that landed on the deck of the giant aircraft carrier. Phillips, the son of Ray and Polly Phillips of 405 W. Hemlock Ave., Kane, had the duty of helping the President don his flight suit and escorting him to the plane for...
  • Texas Gonads Grande (USMC E-Mail Alert)

    05/16/2003 12:33:00 PM PDT · by ILBBACH · 27 replies · 285+ views
    E-Mail | 5/13/03 | Unknown
    I'M SURE YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH THIS LINGO FROM YOUR JET JOCKEY DAYS IN THE CORPS. SEMPER FIThe Democrats making an issue out of the Carrier landing are just jealous that they didn't think of it first or have the guts to do it. I didn't originate this and can make no claim as to it's accuracy. The following was forwarded to me from one of my old Navy buddies who got it from an aviator friend on the carrier Abraham Lincoln. The email below explains briefly the procedure of a plane approaching a carrier for landing. The pilot is asked...
  • BUSH SHINES, Dems whine (conniving Clintons got a pass)

    05/16/2003 5:30:11 AM PDT · by Liz · 9 replies · 129+ views
    PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ^ | 5/16/03 | Douglas Turner
    Oh, the temerity! It's as though the President set fire to the Hindenburg, instead of landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer went through days of arduous grilling last week from the media about President Bush's nifty landing on the Abraham Lincoln in a Viking jet transport. Among the vapid questions: Why didn't Bush take a helicopter? Was the carrier close enough to San Diego to allow Bush to take a helicopter there instead of the jet? Did the Lincoln's skipper slow down or speed up as it approached the coast? When did the...
  • Keepers of Bush Image Lift Stagecraft to New Heights

    05/16/2003 5:20:35 AM PDT · by kattracks · 27 replies · 194+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/15/03 | ELISABETH BUMILLER
    ASHINGTON, May 15 — George W. Bush's "Top Gun" landing on the deck of the carrier Abraham Lincoln will be remembered as one of the most audacious moments of presidential theater in American history. But it was only the latest example of how the Bush administration, going far beyond the foundations in stagecraft set by the Reagan White House, is using the powers of television and technology to promote a presidency like never before.Officials of past Democratic and Republican administrations marvel at how the White House does not seem to miss an opportunity to showcase Mr. Bush in dramatic...
  • Democrats' phony flight outrage: Dougherty catches donkeys braying before checking their facts

    05/16/2003 2:37:59 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 228+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, May 16, 2003 | Jon Dougherty
    Democrats have taken to whining about President Bush's aircraft carrier landing aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln as it returned home to California after seeing action in the war against Iraq. But, as is often the case, Democrats have shot off their mouths without checking facts first. As WorldNetDaily reported earlier this week, aircraft carrier landings are not endemic to Mr. Bush. This year alone, 12 lawmakers and their staff – Republicans and Democrats – have made at-sea visits to deployed aircraft carriers. And, according to the U.S. Navy, presidential visits to deployed warships is nothing uncommon. Even Democrats' favorite, the...
  • Norman Mailer, down for the count

    05/14/2003 9:42:23 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 8 replies · 171+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 15, 2003 | Suzanne Fields
    Norman Mailer, down for the count Suzanne Fields May 15, 2003 When George H.W. Bush chose Dan Quayle as his running mate in 1988, one of the persuasive considerations of the Republican strategists was that the senator’s good looks would appeal to the ladies. Dan Quayle was cute. The vice president himself noted later that the praise was not only faint but dumb and condescending. Dan Quayle’s “good looks” were out of sync with the times and he became the administration’s dumb blonde. The boyish, milk-fed frat guy from the Middle West lacked the masculine gravitas that baby boomers, both...
  • Whining Demoncrats

    05/14/2003 3:57:19 PM PDT · by annyokie · 12 replies · 193+ views
    Newsmax
    Subject: LBJ Hit the Flight Deck Long Before Bush Did NewsMax.co-May 12, 2003 All those Democrats attacking President Bush for landing on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln seem to have forgotten that one of their own, President Lyndon Johnson, beat Bush to the punch by more than 35 years. LBJ not only landed on a carrier deck, but even sent the ship to sea just so he could make a widely publicized carrier deck landing. According to Rear Adm. Stephen Pietropaoli, the Navy's chief spokesman, LBJ ordered the USS Constellation to leave port in San Diego and head...
  • Democrats Complain About Bush Flight

    05/09/2003 6:03:53 AM PDT · by shortstop · 25 replies · 287+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 5/9/03 | Bob Lonsberry
    It’s interesting how irrelevance manifests itself. Like the Democrats this week. They’ve been parading up and down, making speeches in Congress and holding press conferences, complaining about the president’s flight out to that aircraft carrier last week. They’ve called it a waste of money. They’ve said it delayed the return of the vessel to port. They’ve said it was all a publicity stunt. They’ve been full of crap. And shown their complete disconnect with the American public and the American military. Because we loved it. We cheered it. Not because we are partisans, but because we are Americans. If the...
  • Cue the Videotape: More News About Bush's 'Top Gun' Trip

    05/14/2003 3:10:20 AM PDT · by kattracks · 17 replies · 352+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 5/14/03 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The General Accounting Office is refusing a request to investigate the costs associated with President Bush's recent trip to an aircraft carrier. Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) - the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee - and Mark Souder (R-Ind.) - the chairman of a Government Reform subcommittee - asked the GAO to investigate the trip's cost to taxpayers. A number of Democrats complained about Bush's picturesque flight to the USS Abraham Lincoln , calling it an expensive political stunt. Comptroller General David Walker, the head of the GAO, was quoted Tuesday as saying that an investigation...
  • Presidential visits to naval ships

    05/13/2003 11:40:10 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 187+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, May 14, 2003
    This list compiled by the U.S. Navy includes ship visits by presidents during their terms in office. (See related story.) John Tyler (1841-45) Steam sloop Princeton (1844) Franklin Pierce (1853-57) Steam frigate Wabash (1856) William McKinley (1897-1901) Yacht Sylph (1898-1901) Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) Yacht Sylph (1901-09) Battleship Illinois (1902) Yacht Mayflower (1905-09) Submarine Plunger (1905) Battleship Louisiana (1906) Battleship Connecticut (1907; 1909) Battleship Mississippi (1907) William H. Taft (1909-13) Yacht Sylph (1909-13) Yacht Mayflower (1909-13) Battleship Arkansas (1912) Woodrow Wilson (1913-21) Yacht Sylph (1913-210 Yacht Mayflower (1913-21) Transport George Washington (1919) Warren G. Harding (1921-23) Yacht Mayflower (1921-23) Calvin Coolidge...
  • Aircraft carriers not exclusive to Bush

    05/13/2003 11:39:13 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 210+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, May 14, 2003
    While President Bush has taken often vitriolic criticism about making a tailhook landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier to make a speech, records show 25 congressional personnel, including 12 lawmakers, have landed on U.S. aircraft carriers since the beginning of the year, reports The Hill newspaper. Many Democratic officials and media commentators have scolded Bush for what they believe was a concocted media event created chiefly to bolster the president's wartime image. As WorldNetDaily reported, Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., blasted Bush on the floor of the U.S. Senate for his "flamboyant showmanship." "I am loath to think of...
  • GAO declines to probe Bush's victory flight to carrier

    05/13/2003 11:00:08 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 195+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 14, 2003 | AP
    <p>Congress' investigative agency won't look at the costs of President Bush's "Top Gun" flight to an aircraft carrier to declare an end to major fighting in Iraq.</p> <p>Comptroller General David Walker, head of the General Accounting Office, said yesterday it would cost too much and take too long to do the study.</p>
  • To those on the ship, politics played poorly (cheer Bush, disdain democRAT politicians)

    05/13/2003 9:27:27 PM PDT · by ppaul · 20 replies · 260+ views
    The Everett Herald ^ | 5/13/03 | Brian Kelly
    Published on HeraldNet.com: 5/11/03To those on the ship, politics played poorly President Bush talks with pilots on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck after landing on the ship May 1.Photo by Brian Kelly / The Herald "Can you believe that?" There was revulsion, not wonder, in the tone of the sailor's voice. Only a few days had passed since President Bush had touched down on the USS Abraham Lincoln to tell a national TV audience and a grateful going-home group of sailors that the war in Iraq was pretty much over. The Lincoln had been treading water off the California...
  • GAO Won't Investigate Bush Carrier Flight

    05/13/2003 6:44:23 PM PDT · by Utah Girl · 60 replies · 261+ views
    AP ^ | 5/13/2003 | JONATHAN D. SALANT
    Congress' investigative agency won't look at the costs of President Bush's "Top Gun" flight to an aircraft carrier to declare an end to major fighting in Iraq. Comptroller General David Walker, head of the General Accounting Office, said Tuesday it would cost too much and take too long to do the study. He also would have to look at similar actions by other presidents and possibly federal lawmakers "in order to do this kind of work in a professional, objective, nonpartisan, fair and balanced manner," Walker said. "In my view, it does not pass a cost-benefit test," he said. The...
  • Bush Scoring Soccer Moms, Dems Making Fools of Themselves (while soccer moms are in heat)

    05/13/2003 4:08:37 PM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 42 replies · 599+ views
    Rush Llimbaugh ^ | May 13, 2003 | Rush Llimbaugh
    Bush Scoring Soccer Moms, Dems Making Fools of Themselves May 13, 2003 One of the reasons Democrats are angry about this aircraft carrier landing is that the soccer moms have fled the Democrats and they're all a-tizzy over the way Bush looks in a flight suit. Lisa Schiffren, a conservative columnist, wrote a whole piece in the Wall Street Journal the other day, where she basically comes right out and says she wanted to rip that flight suit right off Dubya. Yet, here are the Democrats making a big to-do over the carrier landing. Meanwhile, Patrick Leahy proudly displays himself...
  • Tailhook scandal’ finds congressmen in same boat

    05/13/2003 8:41:58 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 8 replies · 205+ views
    Hill News ^ | 5/13/03
    Lost in the political firestorm over President Bush's Top Gun landing on an aircraft carrier to proclaim the end of the Iraq war is the fact that lawmakers and congressional staff have routinely made similar forays. Navy records show that 25 congressional personnel, including 12 lawmakers, have flown to aircraft carriers in four separate instances since the beginning of the year.Earlier this month, the president, in a made-for-TV event, donned a military flight suit and made a tailhook landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln. Democrats assailed the president's carrier visit as a publicity stunt and a waste of taxpayer money....
  • Real-to-reel warfare gets new twist

    05/13/2003 7:18:23 AM PDT · by WaveThatFlag · 10 replies · 231+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Monday, May 12, 2003 | James Verniere
    Operation Iraqi Freedom has proven one thing for sure: We have a Top Gun in the White House. When President Bush recently piloted a Navy jet to the U.S. aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, where he gave a speech declaring the end of the combat phase of the war, the coverage looked suspiciously like ``Top Gun,'' the pop-patriotic 1986 film some pundit famously described as ``two hours of pure pow,'' if not ``three weeks of shock and awe.'' In fact, the president, who strode the USS Abraham Lincoln deck in a Navy flight suit, made the ``Top Gun'' connection himself. Last...
  • URBAN LEGEND? (President Bush)

    05/13/2003 5:34:20 AM PDT · by CFW · 39 replies · 435+ views
    Neal Boortz ^ | 5/13/03 | Neal Boortz
    URBAN LEGEND? I am led to understand that George Bush was making some of the radio calls when his Navy SB3 approached the USS Abraham Lincoln almost two weeks ago. When an aircraft approaches the carrier for landing the pilot is, as I understand it, supposed to line up some brightly lit balls in a display off to the side of the landing deck. As Navy One was on final approach for trap aboard to the Abraham Lincoln Bush is said to have keyed the mic and say “Lincoln, Navy One, 12,500 lbs, I have the balls." The crowd, as...