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  • A Look Back: President Bush's Thanksgiving With the Troops

    11/25/2004 7:51:55 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 1,972+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | NOVEMBER 25, 2004 | SHARON HUGHES
    Thanksgiving marks the season when hearts begin turning towards home, and this year again finds many of our young men and women in a war they did not choose, but one they are bravely waging. Some have given their lives to protect not only you and me and our children from enemies who hate us, but to liberate a people who are oppressed by these same enemies. None of us should ever take any of this for granted. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since President Bush made his surprise visit to our troops in Baghdad last...
  • Year After Baghdad, Bush Visits Troops by Phone

    11/25/2004 2:12:18 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 13 replies · 788+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov. 25, 2004 | Reuters
    CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush made Thanksgiving Day calls from his Texas ranch to U.S. troops abroad on Thursday, a year after he made a secret trip to spend the holiday with soldiers in Iraq. "The president wanted to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice and to wish them a happy Thanksgiving," said White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan. Last year, Bush secretly flew to Baghdad for Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops. This year, the president spent the holiday at his Crawford, Texas, ranch, where he also rode his bike, chopped some brush and had a traditional turkey-and-stuffing...
  • One year ago Thursday

    11/23/2004 9:03:41 PM PST · by al baby · 27 replies · 1,595+ views
    Free Repulic | 11/23/04 | Al baby
    Bush makes suprise visit to Iraq almost one year ago A text of President Bush's remarks Thursday to U.S. troops in Baghdad, as provided by the White House: Thank you. I was just looking for a warm meal somewhere. Thank you for inviting me to dinner. General Sanchez, thank you, sir, for your kind invitation and your strong leadership. Ambassador Bremer, thank you for your steadfast belief in freedom and peace. I want to thank the members of the Governing Council who are here, pleased you are joining us on our nation's great holiday, it's a chance to give thanks...
  • TURKEY DINNER BUSH DOLL COMMEMORATES THE PRESIDENT'S THANKSGIVING VISIT TO TROOPS IN IRAQ

    11/17/2004 8:08:36 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 18 replies · 800+ views
    PR Web ^ | 11/17/04
      The President’s surprise 2003 Thanksgiving Day visit to the U.S. troops in Iraq has inspired Talking Presidents to create a new action figure, Turkey Dinner Bush.Irvine, CA (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) November 17, 2004 -- The President’s surprise 2003 Thanksgiving Day visit to the U.S. troops in Iraq has inspired Talking Presidents to create a new action figure, Turkey Dinner Bush. The secret Thanksgiving trip was the first visit by an American President to Iraq. The trip was said to have boosted the morale of troops serving in Iraq, as well as to have inspired patriotism among...
  • Bush turkey was real, not fake

    07/11/2004 5:27:33 AM PDT · by anita · 52 replies · 2,261+ views
    New York Times Corrections ^ | July 11, 2004 | Shamed to put a name
    An article last Sunday about surprises in politics referred incorrectly to the turkey carried by President Bush during his unannounced visit to American troops in Baghdad over Thanksgiving. It was real, not fake.
  • The soldier who sat next to President Bush on Thanksgiving speaks again. (FR exclusive)GNFI alert

    12/26/2003 8:55:43 PM PST · by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig · 51 replies · 707+ views
    Brad via bigern | 12-26-03 | Brad from Iraq
    Hey to all, Well, what a year it has been, not what I would call boring to say the least. I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I am sorry that I will not be able to spend it with you all but the war and the mission goes on. A good day for us is a boring day and no one gets hurt, but that's not very often. Our Christmas Day will probably bring a somewhat good meal and then back to missions there are no holidays here. We will conduct patrols and...
  • Stance on Bush shapes views of coverage

    12/13/2003 12:14:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 172+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | December 13, 2003 | Mike King mking@ajc.com
    Several weeks ago, Time magazine ran a cover story about how split the country is in its opinion of President Bush. The theme of the story was that with this president, there appears to be little or no middle ground in the electorate. You either love him or hate him. The reaction to the discussion within this space last week about the newspaper's coverage of the president's surprise Thanksgiving Day trip to visit the troops in Baghdad was typical of the bipolar feelings Time found going into the 2004 election year. Of the three or four dozen e-mails I received...
  • eyewitness account of Bush's Iraq visit

    12/13/2003 4:20:44 AM PST · by Leisler · 22 replies · 177+ views
    Reader John McCrarey, who's daughter recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan, sent in this eyewitness account of Bush's visit to Iraq, from a captain on the scene: An Email from a Captain in Iraq We knew there was a dinner planned with ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI battalion got our table. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go. But...
  • Bush Criticised For Duping Air Traffic Control

    12/12/2003 5:16:14 PM PST · by blam · 47 replies · 883+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 12-13-2003 | Andrew Buncombe
    Bush criticised for duping air traffic control By Andrew Buncombe in Washington 13 December 2003 President Bush's secret Thanksgiving Day trip to Baghdad has been criticised by the British air traffic controllers' union for threatening the safety of other travellers and exposing a weakness in the system that could be exploited by terrorists. David Luxton, the national secretary of Prospect, said that Mr Bush's surprise holiday flight to visit American troops serving in Iraq, during which his Boeing 747 was falsely identified to air traffic control as a Gulfstream 5 jet for security reasons, broke international regulations. "The overriding concern...
  • A Baghdad Thanksgiving's Lingering Aftertaste (Milbank alert)

    12/12/2003 9:01:04 AM PST · by Pikamax · 16 replies · 117+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 12/12/03 | Dana Milbank
    A Baghdad Thanksgiving's Lingering Aftertaste By Dana Milbank Friday, December 12, 2003; Page A35 Stars and Stripes, the Pentagon-authorized newspaper of the U.S. military, is bucking for a court-martial. When last we checked in on Stripes, it was reporting on a survey it did of troops in Iraq, finding that half of those questioned described their units' moral as low and their training as insufficient and said they did not plan to reenlist. With the Pentagon just recovering from that, Stars and Stripes is blowing the whistle on President Bush's Thanksgiving visit to Baghdad, saying the cheering soldiers who met...
  • Support for Bush, war going back up

    12/10/2003 6:28:05 AM PST · by Pikamax · 5 replies · 126+ views
    USATODAY ^ | 12/10/03 | Richard Benedetto
    Support for Bush, war going back up By Richard Benedetto, USA TODAY WASHINGTON — Public support for the war in Iraq, on the downswing since establishing the peace there turned messy, has climbed back to its highest level since August, a USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll shows. (Related link: Poll results) Political analysts suggest the positive impact from President Bush's surprise Thanksgiving Day trip to Iraq and a relatively low level of U.S. deaths over the past two weeks might be driving the rise. But they note that injuries to 61 U.S. soldiers Tuesday by two suicide bombers in Iraq might trigger...
  • First-person e-mail account of President's Thanksgiving Visit from Female Captain in Iraq (unedited)

    12/08/2003 5:48:43 PM PST · by luvbach1 · 7 replies · 196+ views
    E-mail to Family Friend
    Subject: A Letter from Iraq > > >Hi, All: Just forwarding another message from our young female AF captain stationed in Iraq. > >We knew there was a dinner planned with ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division weretasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI battalion got ourtable. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go. > >But, about 1500 the G2, LTC Devan, came up to me and with a...
  • Bush Numbers Virtually Unchanged by Thanksgiving Trip

    12/08/2003 11:23:05 AM PST · by NYC Republican · 40 replies · 164+ views
    Zogby.com ^ | 12/8/03 | Zogby
    President George W. Bush’s unannounced trip to have Thanksgiving Dinner with troops in Baghdad has had relatively little impact on his job performance rating, which remains relatively unchanged from Mid-October and early November polling. Bush Job Performance Positive: 49% Negative 51% The most recent Zogby America poll of 1,002 likely voters chosen at random was conducted December 4-6, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. Margins are higher in sub-groups. Overall opinion of the President has improved slightly from early November. Nearly three in five (58%) say their opinion of him is somewhat or very favorable,...
  • Was This Turkey a Story? Ombudsman questions Mike Allen's story.

    12/08/2003 10:04:54 AM PST · by Pikamax · 9 replies · 195+ views
    WashingtonPost ^ | 12/07/03 | Michael Getler
    washingtonpost.com Was This Turkey a Story? By Michael Getler Sunday, December 7, 2003; Page B06 The Thanksgiving turkey is long gone, but some Post readers think the paper is still sticking a fork in the White House and President Bush. At issue is a story in Thursday's paper by White House reporter Mike Allen, who accompanied the president on his holiday visit to the troops at Baghdad airport and who provided first-rate coverage of the event. The most widely published image of that visit was an Associated Press photo of a beaming president wearing an Army workout jacket, surrounded by...
  • She was there. Report from Iraq

    12/08/2003 7:06:54 AM PST · by ThePointer · 102 replies · 2,671+ views
    12/6/03
    <p>Yes, I was there.</p> <p>It was totally insane. Let me start from the beginning in the hope that I can catch my breath. Several days ago I received an All Hands email asking anyone who wanted to go to a ‘Thanksgiving Dinner with the Troops’ to respond with badge number and some other information. The email said there would be a lottery drawing for the few seats available. This morning I received notice that I had won (!!) and to go to a meeting point at 1500. Anyway long story short, I arrived at the airport with about 15-20 others, and was escorted into the huge chow hall where several hundred soldiers were sitting. I found an empty spot at one of the tables and started chatting with the men and women in uniform. They were shy at first, thinking I was some kind of VIP (hardly!). We talked about home and what we are doing here- and slowly they relaxed. And so did I. Time ticked on- and we were there over an hour, waiting for something…anything. Bremer and Sanchez came in- still nothing. What were we waiting for, I wondered? The guys were more patient than I- just shrugging their shoulders and looking more and more unimpressed.</p>
  • Ken Hamblin: Praise of Bush irks readers

    12/07/2003 7:21:11 PM PST · by mhking · 32 replies · 1,801+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 12.7.03 | Ken Hamblin
    Based on some of the response to last week's column - about the adulation I felt for President George W. Bush's flying a good distance around the world on Thanksgiving Day to meet, greet and say "thank you" to our soldiers in Iraq - it seems to me the Democratic politicians and card-carriers alike may be on the verge of an emotional breakdown. Consider, for instance, the following words of anguish in an e-mail from "Dzerres": "It's embarrassing how far you have your nose up Bush's ---! 150 minutes in Baghdad, flying in under the cover of darkness, serving mashed...
  • Political Calendar

    12/07/2003 11:02:14 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 3 replies · 103+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 7, 2003 | Cal Thomas
    <p>Two top public officials went to Iraq in the last two weeks. One was President Bush. He was cheered by troops who expressed what appeared to be genuine affection for him. The other was Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, New York Democrat. She found it difficult to locate soldiers wanting to dine with her, according to some press reports.</p>
  • A Big Serving of W: Carping aside, Bush's Baghdad trip is reminiscent of FDR

    12/06/2003 5:44:54 PM PST · by bdeaner · 5 replies · 202+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12/6/03 | Max Boot
    <p>The most compelling evidence of the success of President Bush's trip to Iraq was the reaction of the opposition. No, not the Iraqi opposition--or "resistance," as the French have taken to calling it. I mean the American opposition: the Democrats and the news media.</p>
  • Wash Post ombudsman: Was This Turkey a Story?

    12/06/2003 12:50:27 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 18 replies · 250+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/07/03 | Michael Getler
    The Thanksgiving turkey is long gone, but some Post readers think the paper is still sticking a fork in the White House and President Bush.At issue is a story in Thursday's paper by White House reporter Mike Allen, who accompanied the president on his holiday visit to the troops at Baghdad airport and who provided first-rate coverage of the event. The most widely published image of that visit was an Associated Press photo of a beaming president wearing an Army workout jacket, surrounded by soldiers and carrying a picture-perfect, golden-brown turkey on a platter.But in the Thursday article Allen reveals...
  • - MUST READ - E-mail From Officer Dubya Saw in Baghdad on Thanksgiving

    12/06/2003 7:51:58 AM PST · by StarCMC · 12 replies · 218+ views
    StrangeCosmos.com ^ | unknown | unknown
    POWERFUL STUFF... The below arrived today from the wife of a retired Air Force friend of ours. If you've never been in the military, this may not seem like any big deal but, from the troops' standpoint at least, trust me*, this is powerful stuff. * (I am equally sure this wouldn't play as well in Berkeley, but then, that's where we lost the Vietnam War, so I suppose that's no real surprise to anyone, either.) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- > FW: An Email from a Captain in Iraq > We knew there was a dinner planned with ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez....
  • Thanksgiving in Baghdad and more

    12/06/2003 10:21:50 AM PST · by Pokey78 · 6 replies · 151+ views
    The president's Thanksgiving Triumph gives the Washington Post heartburn Bush's Baghdad SurpriseTHE WEEKLY STANDARD closed early last week because of Thanksgiving, and thus we missed the chance to applaud the president's trip to visit the troops in Baghdad. The email excerpted below from a captain in Iraq who attended the dinner is eloquent on the meaning of the trip to the soldiers serving in Iraq.We knew there was a dinner planned with Ambassador Bremer and [Lieutenant General] Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with filling a few tables. . . ....
  • Teary Eyed Troops Cheered Bush [media's Bush-bashing is encouraging our enemies.]

    12/06/2003 9:07:18 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 52 replies · 363+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | Dec. 5, 2003 | Oliver North
    National Security & Defense Teary Eyed Troops Cheered Bush by Oliver NorthPosted Dec 5, 2003When I returned from Iraq last spring, President Bush was being pilloried in the so-called mainstream media for landing on the USS Abraham Lincoln and congratulating the crew for their 10-month deployment in the Persian Gulf. As I stowed my backpack at home after being embedded for months with our troops, Sen. Robert Byrd (D.-W.Va.) was on television castigating the commander in chief for being a "deskbound President who assumes the garb of a warrior" and accusing President Bush of "flamboyant showmanship" and "self congratulatory gestures."...
  • High-Wire President

    12/05/2003 10:40:10 PM PST · by bdeaner · 25 replies · 168+ views
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | 12/5/03 | William Schneider
    President Bush's surprise Thanksgiving trip to Baghdad perfectly captured his style of leadership. This president takes big risks and shows fierce resolve in the face of criticism. That was the case with Iraq, even though most of the world opposed the U.S. invasion. That was the case with Bush's tax cuts, a risky economic policy for which there was no great public pressure. And that is the case now with revamping Medicare, another bold policy about which the public is skeptical -- and the risks for Bush, particularly among his base supporters, are great. To judge what's at stake politically...
  • Via e-mail: A soldier's account of the President's Iraq visit

    12/05/2003 5:27:07 PM PST · by jra · 30 replies · 392+ views
    e-mail ^ | unknown | unknown
    Written by a US Army captain who was there... We knew there was a dinner planned with Ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI battalion got our table. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go. But, about 1500 the G2, LTC Devan, came up to me and with a smile, asked me to come to dinner with him, to meet him in...
  • The Media's Thanksgiving Turkey

    12/05/2003 7:20:27 AM PST · by shortstop · 7 replies · 166+ views
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 12/5/03 | Bob Lonsberry
    There are those whose only purpose is to tear down. Unfortunately, they dominate our news media. And their condescending, arrogant tone of condemnation is often far louder than the story they are supposed to be telling. Like this visit by the president. The trip to Baghdad to spend Thanksgiving with the troops. It turned a new corner yesterday with the scoop on the turkey. With the nation at war, reporters peppered the White House spokesman with questions about the Thanksgiving turkey. The one President Bush picked up and moved to another table. It was ornamental, and not meant to be...
  • WH Reporters Suggest Confused Anecdote Mars Bush’s Iraq Trip ("Scandal Of The Century")

    12/05/2003 1:29:03 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 63 replies · 400+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | December 5, 2003 | Brent Baker
         Obsessive White House press corps interest in the irrelevant, part one of two. At Thursday’s White House press briefing, reporters for major outlets treated a slight change in the particulars of which pilot asked who whether a plane the pilot saw was Air Force One, as it was on its way to Baghdad for a surprise Thanksgiving visit to the troops by President Bush, as some kind of scandal which undermines the integrity of the Bush White House.      Press Secretary Scott McClellan explained how an investigation by the British determined that it was not a British Airways pilot...
  • Wag the Turkey (Disgraceful Story by Newsweek)

    12/05/2003 1:13:56 PM PST · by NYC Republican · 54 replies · 200+ views
    Newsweek.com ^ | 12/5/03 | Brian Braiker
    The photograph was ubiquitous in the days following Thanksgiving. President Bush, all smiles and sporting an Army windbreaker, appears to be serving turkey to surprised American troops in BaghdadBUSH’S BIRD is big and luscious, golden brown and generously garnished. But, The Washington Post reported on Thursday, the bird was just a prop. Soldiers were actually served from steam trays; the White House said the turkey in the photograph was simply on hand to prettify the chow line. The revelation is the latest in a series of stagecrafted moments designed to shine an impossibly perfect light on the president. Turkeygate unfolded...
  • James Taranto: Terrorists Win Two in Court; Kerry's Contradictions; 'Turkeygate'

    12/05/2003 8:20:35 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 139+ views
    Opinion Journal/Best of the Web Today ^ | Friday, December 5, 2003 | James Taranto
    <p>Separate three-judge panels of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have issued rulings limiting the enforcement of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, a law President Clinton signed in 1996. In Humanitarian Law Project v. Department of Justice (links to rulings in PDF format), Judges Harry Pregerson and Sidney Thomas held that it violates the Fifth Amendment right of due process to convict someone for providing material support to organizations classified as terrorist by the State Department unless the defendant has "guilty intent."</p>
  • FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT FROM IRAQ ON THANKSGIVING

    12/05/2003 3:16:29 AM PST · by bullseye1911 · 11 replies · 150+ views
    e-mail | 05.DE.03 | bullseye1911
    Hi all,Thought you'd like to here the real story, with all the bs floating out there.We knew there was a dinner planned with Ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI battalion got our table. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go. But, about 1500 the G2, LTC Devan, came up to me and with a smile, asked me to come to dinner...
  • Picture, pleas.....

    12/04/2003 8:12:12 PM PST · by BlessedAmerican · 12 replies · 110+ views
    12.04.03 | self
    I am looking for a copy of a picture taken when President Bush visited the troops on Thanksgiving. It was taken from the stage area looking at the troops as he entered. There are three men in the picture, 2 soldiers and Chablai(leader of Iraqi council, I think). One soldier's eyes and mouth are wide open as he sees the President enter and the other soldier is grinning ear to ear as is Chablai....thx
  • E-mail From Officer Dubya Saw in Baghdad on Thanksgiving

    12/04/2003 8:14:27 PM PST · by FormerACLUmember · 31 replies · 297+ views
    Strange Cosmos ^ | 12/4/03 | anonymous soldier
    We knew there was a dinner planned with ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI battalion got our table. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go. > But, about 1500 the G2, LTC Devan, came up to me and with a smile, asked me to come to dinner with him, to meet him in his office at 1600 and bring a camera....
  • Doing The Right Thing Is Often The Shrewdest Political Move

    12/04/2003 7:55:35 PM PST · by vanmorrison · 9 replies · 165+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2December | Jack Kelly
    Doing the right thing is often the shrewdest political move. President Bush got an uproarious welcome from 600 surprised soldiers assembled for Thanksgiving dinner in the mess tent at Baghdad International Airport. "For two hours, the president walked among us, not a receiving line where we came to him, stiff and formal, but coming to us, reading our name tags on our uniforms and greeting us by name," a soldier who was there said in an email to Andrew Sullivan. "He looked me in the eye when he shook my hand, he joked with some, whispered to others, spoke a...
  • E-MAIL FROM A CAPTAIN IN IRAQ: "It was a great moment, and I will never forget it."

    12/03/2003 8:13:32 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 105 replies · 5,551+ views
    E-mail from Captain who attended Pres. Bush's Thanksgiving dinner in Baghdad,* | Dec. 3, 2003 | *[shared by] Freeper yoe
    E-MAIL FROM A CAPTAIN IN IRAQ  Sent: Monday, December 01, 2003 10:06 AM *************************We knew there was a dinner planned with ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the 501st MI battalion got our table. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go. But, about 1500 the G2, LTC xxxxx, came up to me and with a smile, asked me to come to dinner with him, to...
  • A Weapon Against Terror: Bush’s Common Touch

    12/04/2003 2:32:04 PM PST · by FlyLow · 5 replies · 93+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | December 4, 2003 | Richard Brookhiser
    The trip to the war zone had, perhaps inevitably, the trappings of a stunt, played for photo ops and political advantage. But there was also real substance to it, and a commitment to see the job done. "We were attacked in New York by forces of a failed state," said Senator Hillary Clinton on her Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan. "We can’t ever forget that, and we can’t ever let it happen again." She criticized various Bush administration policies, as is natural in an ambitious leader of the opposition party. Yet, while some of the suggestions made by her and Senator...
  • BUSH'S TURKEY WAS ONLY FOR SHOW

    12/04/2003 1:51:31 PM PST · by The Grim Freeper · 38 replies · 2,107+ views
    San Jose Mercury News | Thursday, December 4, 2003 | Mike Allen
    President Bush's Baghdad turkey was for looking, not for eating. In the most widely published image from his Thanksgiving Day trip to Baghdaqd, the beaming president is wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers as he cradles a huge plater laden with a golden-brown turkey. The bird is so perfect it looks as if it came from a food magazine, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Normal Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. But as a small sign of the many ways the White...
  • White House Changes Story on Bush Plane Incident

    12/04/2003 9:47:56 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 20 replies · 205+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/4/03 | Randall Mikkelsen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In another White House correction, the Bush administration on Wednesday changed its story of a British Airways pilot's spotting of Air Force One during the president's stealth trip to Iraq (news - web sites) last week. The original story -- which held that the airline's pilot had talked to Air Force One and that he kept the secret of President Bush (news - web sites)'s Thanksgiving Day flight to Baghdad -- had been told by White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett to reporters as he sought to portray the drama of Bush's trip. But after British Airways...
  • DNC - Halliburton provided the fake turkey! (Yes, a REAL DNC conspiracy story)

    12/04/2003 1:20:26 PM PST · by jmcclain19 · 31 replies · 405+ views
    I couldn't possibly make a theory like this up. Now, Mike Allen reports in the Washington Post this morning that the turkey Bush held in his photo-op with troops was a prop that was never served to the soldiers. White House officials defend such stage-managing by insisting that their fiction is "designed to accurately dramatize his policies and to convey qualities about him that are real." They're right, and pictures are worth a thousand words. From the man who lied about why we went into war, nothing could be a more accurate image. P.S. The turkey prop itself was, in...
  • Bush's Iraq visit moves Grant family

    12/04/2003 9:08:37 AM PST · by Dbdaily · 13 replies · 401+ views
    Florida Today ^ | Enrique Heredero
    <p>GRANT -- Edward and Phuong Howard came home from Thanksgiving dinner with family to find a special e-mail from their son in Baghdad.</p> <p>There on the screen, they saw their son, Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Nguyen, 25, posing with President Bush, both with big smiles.</p>
  • {Satire}Troops Demoralized by Bush Turkeygate Scandal

    12/04/2003 9:34:26 AM PST · by jmcclain19 · 4 replies · 132+ views
    Troops Demoralized by Bush Turkeygate Scandal (2003-12-04) -- American military morale hit an all-time low this week in the wake of revelations that President George Bush didn't serve a display turkey to hungry troops during his surprise visit to Baghdad last week. Political experts have already dubbed the episode 'turkeygate', and predict that the effect of this latest Bush administration scandal will be even more devastating than the outing of Valerie Plame. "When I went home after dinner that night, I wrote a letter to my wife about how proud I was to fight for liberty," said an unnamed Army...
  • A Tale of Two Baghdad Visits- The media cheered one; the Armed Forces cheered another

    12/04/2003 2:06:51 AM PST · by kattracks · 5 replies · 147+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | 12/04/03 | Michael Reagan
    To listen to the more demented segments of the media and the Democrats, President Bush’s Thanksgiving day visit to the troops in Baghdad was a cynical "stunt." However, Hillary Clinton’s visit to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan was an act of the “compassion” for which the woman the American Spectator’s Bob Tyrrell used to call "Bruno," is so famous. To accept that notion, one has to overlook the reaction of the troops to the two visits, but then overlooking inconvenient facts is one of the things our super-liberal media does best. When George Bush strode into that gigantic mess hall,...
  • McClellan ignores Lockhart's criticism: Ex-Clinton press secretary blasted Bush for Baghdad trip

    12/04/2003 2:26:02 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 125+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Thursday, December 4, 2003 | By Les Kinsolving
    WND AT THE WHITE HOUSEMcClellan ignores Lockhart's criticismEx-Clinton press secretary blasted Bush for Baghdad trip Posted: December 3, 200311:25 p.m. Eastern By Les Kinsolving© 2003 WorldNetDaily.com At today's White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Scott McClellan to respond to criticism by former Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart of President Bush's Thanksgiving trip to Baghdad. WND: Scott, a two-part. While Democrat Senators Kerry, Edwards, Clinton, and Gen. Wesley Clark all commended the president for his 33-hour trip Thanksgiving with our troops in Iraq, one of your predecessors, named Joe Lockhart, was quoted on page one of The Washington Times as...
  • President Bush's Baghdad turkey was for looking, not for eating.

    12/04/2003 4:14:33 AM PST · by Dog · 108 replies · 274+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 3 2003 | Mike Allen
    President Bush's Baghdad turkey was for looking, not for eating. In the most widely published image from his Thanksgiving day trip to Baghdad, the beaming president is wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers as he cradles a huge platter laden with a golden-brown turkey. The bird is so perfect it looks as if it came from a food magazine, with bunches of grapes and other trimmings completing a Norman Rockwell image that evokes bounty and security in one of the most dangerous parts of the world. But as a small sign of the many ways the White...
  • The Bird Was Perfect But Not For Dinner In Iraq Picture, Bush Is Holding the Centerpiece

    12/04/2003 5:37:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 82 replies · 395+ views
    The Washington Compost ^ | Thursday, December 4, 2003 | By Mike Allen
    President Bush's Baghdad turkey was for looking, not for eating.In the most widely published image from his Thanksgiving day trip to Baghdad, the beaming president is wearing an Army workout jacket and surrounded by soldiers as he cradles a huge platter laden with a golden-brown turkey.
  • Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy

    12/03/2003 6:12:52 PM PST · by hope · 34 replies · 214+ views
    The Omega Letter ^ | 12-03-03 | Jack Kinsella
    Omega Letter Christian Intelligence Digest Giving Aid and Comfort to the Enemy Guess Who Won't be Coming to Dinner . . . Anymore?Commentary on the NewsWednesday, December 03, 2003 Jack Kinsella Hillary Clinton returned from her visit to Iraq to denounce President Bush's secret Thanksgiving visit to the troops as a 'politically-motivated publicity stunt'. It was typical of the increasingly bizarre behavior of the liberal left wing. Did Senator Clinton think that nobody would notice that she was also in Iraq? What was she there for? To boost troop morale? While the Bush visit was accompanied by cheers and...
  • Bush's Baghdad Turkey displayed, not eaten (Drudge Teaser)

    12/03/2003 6:32:08 PM PST · by Callahan · 108 replies · 272+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 12/3/03 | Matt Drudge
    Administration officials tell Thursday's WASH POST that Bush picked up a decoration, not a serving plate for photo op... MORE... 'Officials said they did not know the turkey would be there or that Bush would pick it up. A contractor had roasted and primped the turkey to adorn the buffet line, while the 600 soldiers were served from cafeteria-style steam trays,' Mike Allen at POST to report. White House officials do not deny that they craft elaborate events to showcase Bush, but they maintain that these events are designed to accurately dramatize his policies and to convey qualities about him...
  • Bush On Roll With Wins In Congress, Iraq Trip

    12/03/2003 12:43:16 PM PST · by Lance Romance · 14 replies · 136+ views
    Boston Channel ^ | December 2, 2003 | Helen Thomas
    Bush On Roll With Wins In Congress, Iraq Trip President Cruising Just Year Before 2004 Election POSTED: 2:38 p.m. EST December 2, 2003 UPDATED: 5:48 p.m. EST December 2, 2003 WASHINGTON -- Everything seems to be coming up roses for President George W. Bush as he heads into his reelection campaign. He pulled off a secret Thanksgiving Day visit to the troops in Iraq, which surprised and gratified them. That should add up to a political plus since no newspaper or TV network could avoid using the picture of the president in Iraq holding a roast turkey on a platter...
  • Poll: President's approval on the rise after Thanksgiving

    12/03/2003 12:42:25 PM PST · by akbaines · 134+ views
    sfgate.com ^ | 12-02) 14:30 PST WASHINGTON (AP) -- | Will Lester
    <p>President Bush's standing with the public has improved since his surprise Thanksgiving trip to Iraq amid signs of a stronger economy and following congressional passage of a prescription drug benefit under Medicare.</p> <p>Bush's job approval was at 61 percent in the National Annenberg Election Survey conducted the four days after the holiday, up from 56 percent during the four days before Thanksgiving. Disapproval of the president dropped from 41 percent to 36 percent, according to the poll released Tuesday.</p>
  • Bush Iraq Visti Attendee Letter

    12/03/2003 11:43:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 178+ views
    e-mail ^ | Recvd.12-3-03 | Anon
    From A Capt in Iraq We knew there was a dinner planned with Ambassador Bremer and LTG Sanchez. There were 600 seats available and all the units in the division were tasked with filling a few tables. Naturally, the ---st -- battalion got our table. Soldiers were grumbling about having to sit through another dog-and-pony show, so we had to pick soldiers to attend. I chose not to go. But, about 1500 the G2, LTC D-, came up to me and with a smile, asked me to come to dinner with him, to meet him in his office at 1600...
  • How the White House Fooled NPR

    12/03/2003 5:02:07 PM PST · by Drango · 78 replies · 357+ views
    NPR ^ | 12/03/03 | Jeffrey A. Dvorkin
    Media Matters December 3, 2003 How the White House Fooled NPR By Jeffrey A. Dvorkin Ombudsman National Public Radio While most journalists were enjoying a few days respite over Thanksgiving, the White House managed to stage an impressive photo-op with the president in Baghdad. Astonishingly, it occurred without the usual presence of the White House press corps. More astonishing was the lamb-like response of many in the media to the White House sleight-of-hand. Collusion seemed to be the order of the day, as reporters were assured that the usual "pool coverage" of the president would be in force over the...
  • President Greeted With Happy Whoops

    12/03/2003 9:27:26 AM PST · by Temple Owl · 6 replies · 135+ views
    Second Thoughts By: William W. Lawrence 12/02/2003Some folks accuse me of never saying nice things about Democrats. Well, just to prove them wrong will we tell you of our high regard for State Senator Connie Williams (D-17) who said she will donate to her local library systems all of the 2.4-percent pay raise our legislators are automatically to get Dec. 1.Way to go Connie, but that doesn't mean your national party is not intellectually and morally bankrupt.Except for, maybe, U.S. Sen. Zell Miller (D-Ga.) who recently wrote the best-selling "A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat."...