George Bush Tells the Truth
Thanks, Ginmar: (Corroborated)
LAUER: Did John Kerry serve heroicly, in Vietnam, in your opinion?
BUSH: I think his service is heroic, yes, and he’s… he should be proud of it. And, uh, and I think that we ought to move beyond, uhm, [pause] the past. I mean, he’s proud of his service, I’m proud of mine. And the real question is who best to lead us forward?
LAUER: You think you both act… served on the same level of heroism?
BUSH: Thats… No, I don’t. I think him going to Vietnam was, was more heroic than me flying fighter jets. But he was in harm’s way, I wasn’t. On the other hand, uh, I served my country, had my unit been called up, I would’ve gone…
He also flip-flops. From the L.A. Daily Times:
May 24: “People say, Can you win the War on Terror? Of course we can.”
August 28: “I don’t think you can win it, but I think you can create conditions so that those who use terror as a tool are less acceptable in parts of the world.”
The first act — admitting, after the damage of the Swift Boat ads has been done that yeah, John Kerry was more heroic than he — only makes sense. While Kerry was being wounded by that attack, Bush stood aside and let it go. But that stuff can only last so long, and he doesn’t want being a dick to catch up with him.
Changing his position on the War on Terror, when that is the one thing he would seem to maybe have going for him … flip-flopping, as it were, when his big thing is being resolute and unflappable … I haven’t wrapped my head around that one.