2003 Visit by President Bush to the USS Abraham Lincoln
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Note all the happy faces!
President Bush rode a jet for a trap landing on the deck of that carrier, instead of a helicopter, and the Democrats think they have a grand new issue.
The Democrat’s silly stand seems to be this: "The Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces should stay away from The United States Armed Forces".
Sen. Robert Byrd D/WV is in a snit over President Bush's speech last week on the USS Lincoln. (The Robert C. Byrd Highway; the Robert C. Byrd Locks and Dam; the Robert C. Byrd Institute; the Robert C. Byrd Life Long Learning Center; the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program; the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope; the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing; the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse; the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center; the Robert C. Byrd Academic and Technology Center; the Robert C. Byrd United Technical Center; the Robert C. Byrd Federal Building; the Robert C. Byrd Drive; the Robert C. Byrd Hilltop Office Complex; the Robert C. Byrd Library; the Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center; and the Robert C. Byrd Rural Health Center.) yes, that's the one.Byrd stated before the senate: "President Bush's address to the American people announcing combat victory in Iraq deserved to be marked with solemnity, not extravagance; with gratitude to God, not self-congratulatory gestures," Byrd said in a Senate floor speech yesterday. "American blood has been shed on foreign soil in defense of the president's policies. This is not some made-for-TV backdrop for a campaign commercial."
Last week Byrd accused President Bush of "flamboyant showmanship" after the president gave a speech on the USS Robert C.--whoops, make that the USS Abraham Lincoln.
Byrd adds: "I do question the motives of a desk-bound president who assumes the garb of a warrior for the purposes of a speech."
Here's another Byrd quote: "As I watched the president's fighter jet swoop down onto the deck of the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln, I could not help but contrast the reported simple dignity of President Lincoln at Gettysburg with the flamboyant showmanship of President Bush aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln."
AND WHAT IS THIS PICTURE?
Note the only smile is Clinton's
Well, Golly! It looks like Clinton on the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt! Why, that's exactly what it is! And looky! He's wearing a flight jacket! Don't you think that it's just shameful that this particular Commander-in-Chief posed for these photo ops with the military? I guess this is OK for a president, if that president is a Democrat who "loathes" the military.
The Democrats continue to complain about President Bush's landing on a carrier at sea -- and the resulting 'Top Gun' image...but see Senator Patrick Leahy [D-VT] already beat Bush to the pose, as this snap featured on Leahy's very own website shows!
And I guess the Democrats hoped we would all forget this picture (below) of another Democrat Politico who played soldier in his tank and lost an election to another Bush: