July 09, 2004

Ketchup Boy didn't "have time" for terror briefing

When interviewed on CNN's Larry King Live last night, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry admitted that he did not have time for a briefing -- even though he did have time to appear at a New York fundraiser and show up on stage, guitar in hand.

Kerry made the startling comments on CNN's LARRY KING LIVE Thursday night.

KING: News of the day, Tom Ridge warned today about al Qaeda plans of a large-scale attack on the United States. Didn't increase the -- you see any politics in this? What's your reaction?

KERRY: Well, I haven't been briefed yet, Larry. They have offered to brief me. I just haven't had time.

No time to find out about any threats to the nation, but time to strut his stuff on stage?

And this man wants to be President?

UPDATE: When I grow up, I wanna be able to rip somebody a new one with the same style and finesse and sheer, unadulterated rapier wit of Jay G.

Posted by mhking at July 9, 2004 10:18 AM

Hey man, that beautiful hair takes time you know.

Can't be fighting terrorism with a mussed doo now, can we?

I wonder everday can this man possibly say anything less presidential, and then like clockwork, boom, there he goes.

Posted by: Tman at July 9, 2004 12:19 PM

Looks like someone is following in the footsteps of Sax playin, Arsenio Hall appearin', Big Bubba!

Liberals love idiocy.

Posted by: Jerry McClellan at July 9, 2004 05:58 PM

"UPDATE: When I grow up, I wanna be able to rip somebody a new one with the same style and finesse and sheer, unadulterated rapier wit of Jay G."

When I showed this to my wife, she rolled her eyes and mumbled something about my head not fitting through doorways as it was BEFORE... ;)

Glad you liked the rant!

Posted by: Jay G at July 10, 2004 11:03 PM

Kerry did make a public statement without blaming Bush for something, maybe he's getting better.

Posted by: Michael Gallaugher at July 11, 2004 06:36 PM

O.K let me get this straight. You lot are lambasting John Kerry for saying he did not have the time to go to a security briefing yet went on stage with an electric guitar (and a nice looking one) while you support a president who spends more time on holiday per year than the vast majority of Americans do in 5, and a president who lied to the whole world about Iraq, commited electoral fraud 4 years ago and who cannot eat a pretzel and watch a football match at the same time?????

Posted by: Nick Saunders at July 12, 2004 09:15 AM

"Intelligence failures" do not equal "lies."

"Intelligence failures did not start with Bush 43.

GW's time "on vacation" was in line with most other presidents (including Clinton).

Bush did not commit electoral fraud; the Electoral College elected him in a process that was delineated by the US Constitution more than 200 years ago. That most people do not understand that four years after the fact is maddening at best.

And if choking on food disqualifies one for anything, then a lot of folks would most likely not qualify for anything, let alone president.

Posted by: mhking at July 12, 2004 09:30 AM

Hipocrisy is rampant on both sides, and this faux outrage is but another example.

Bush gets repeated CIA briefings during the summer of 2001 that state an attack on the US is imminent, then goes on vacation for a month. That, of course, is okey dokey. Junior needs his rest, and it was really a "working" vacation. Sure. Nothing to see here.

Kerry, on the other hand, is (gasp!) campaigning in an election year.

If this "new" risk is so serious, why hasn't the risk level been raised? How on earth is Bush able to leave Washington to go yak at the good folks in Pennsylvania? Are Condi and Tom Ridge riding on the plane? Didn't think so.

It's all BS, I just wish Kerry had the balls to say so.

We're going to hear this endlessly until November - "we have blah, blah, non-specific information that terrorists want to attack the US, blah, blah and your government, led by the Valiant Commander Codpiece and Capable Uncle Dick, is protecting you, blah, blah, blah."

And no, I don't "hate Murka" for writing this.

It's just that this is getting soooo boring.

Posted by: dave at July 12, 2004 11:51 AM

"GW's time 'on vacation' was in line with most other presidents (including Clinton)."?

According to http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/1999/08/21/politics/main34415.shtml Clinton had spent "152 days on holiday over his two terms." Now that was as of December 13, 1999, so he still had a year to go. Even if he had taken that entire last year off, I don't think he would have caught up to Bush (too lazy to do the math, sorry :) )

That URL also has some interesting statistics regarding past Presidents, but that's beside the point. According to http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1190302,00.html Bush had spent more than 40% of his time (as of April 12, 2004) on vacation.

Granted, "in-line" is a somewhat subjective term, but ((3*365)+31+29+31+30-20)*0.4 = 478 days in a little over three years doesn't come close to 152 days in a little under 7 years.

Have a nice day,

Posted by: evan at July 12, 2004 03:11 PM
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