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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>