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August 30, 2004

Contrast and Compare: Promises, promises, Kerry versus Bush

David Alston, like John Kerry a veteran of the Swift Boats in Vietnam, opened the Democratic National Convention. He, like others in the Swift Boat Veterans for Kerry who surrounded John Kerry on stage, was wounded and decorated during his service. Alston said:

I know him from a small boat in Vietnam, where we fought and bled together, serving our country. There were six of us aboard PCF-94, a 50-foot, twin-engine craft known as a "Swift Boat."
--transcript of David Alston's speech

According to today's USAToday story (hat tip to Blogs for Bush):
During the Democratic convention, Kerry told his Navy crewmates from the Vietnam War that he'd enjoy taking them "out on the water" while the GOP staged its show.

Today the Republican National Convention opens in New York. USAToday adds, "But such a visit wasn't organized." Earlier it mentions that:
Kerry has a quieter agenda. He'll kite-surf the Nantucket Sound breezes, ride his $6,000, U.S.-made racing bicycle and dine with wife Teresa Heinz Kerry at restaurants in this old whaling port.

George W. Bush was commander in chief when Staff Sgt. Michael McNaughton stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan. Bush happened to meet McNaughton in a visit to wounded at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington on Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. McNaughton had, among his injuries, lost his left leg. The Washington Times story says:

The president and Sgt. McNaughton had talked about running, and Mr. Bush promised to run with the soldier when he was "fully recovered and able to run with his prosthetic leg."

On Wednesday, April 14, 2004, after McNaughton's mastering of his new prosthetic leg, he and George Bush went for a one-mile run together at the White House.

President Bush jogging with McNaughton
Thou hast been faithful over a few things,
I will make thee ruler over many things.
--Matthew 25:21


And then there's the small matter of whether David Alston ever actually served under Kerry's command on Kerry's Swift Boat. If he did, it must have been for a very short period. See here for more.

Posted by dan at August 30, 2004 12:26 PM | TrackBack
Comments

It is my sincere hope ...no, I DEMAND that you
send this to every blog possible.

Speaks more volumes and at a greater volume
than any SINGLE thing I have seen so far.

Please do so.

Steel Turman
Reno NV.

Posted by: Steel Turman at August 30, 2004 05:18 PM

How can it be that the American electorate cannot see the obvious difference between Kerry and Bush? I could be underestimating them... we'll know come election day.

Posted by: Drew Johnson at August 30, 2004 10:33 PM

Great comparison, Dan!

Posted by: The Valiant Elephant at August 31, 2004 01:11 AM
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