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A bad joke

By now, everyone has heard about John Kerry’s gaffe yesterday. Kerry has apologized for making a bad joke but hasn’t apologized for it appearing to be an attack on the troops in Iraq.

Sometimes, you just gotta suck it up, Mr. Kerry. You made a mistake. You chose a bad joke. And I agree with so many others: you owe the troops an apology.

UPDATE: Kerry has apologized.

“I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended”

OK, now it’s over, at least for me.

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11 thoughts on “A bad joke

  1. What, like this right here? Or do you want an apology for something he didn’t do? He didn’t attack any troops. He screwed up a delivery.

    In the meanwhile, Bush & Co. seem to be more interested in fighting this made-up fracas than fighting the war they started or rescuing captured soldiers. Owing the troops, indeed.

  2. Y’know, I can’t understand why everyone is buying Bush’s message. If you watch the whole video, it’s more then obvious what Kerry was saying. Keith Olbermann went over this last night on Countdown. Before he said that about Iraq, Kerry said and I’m paraphrasing here: “We’re in the state of Texas, Bush’s old state. Right now, he’s in the state of denial.”

    He then followed that up with his joke, that obviously backfired. I’m not much of a fan of John Kerry, but siding with Bush’s desperate talking points does nothing for any of us.

  3. MB – sorry for the delay in your post showing up. It got hung up in my spam filter.

    Y’all aren’t getting it – whether or not he intended to offend the troops is irrelevant. (The Reuters link is almost identical to the one in my post, BTW.) They took offense, and the Republicans are using it as a talking point. I have yet to see a single quote where Kerry says “I’m sorry if I offended the troops. That was not my intent.”

    If I’m wrong – and he has said that – please show me where.

  4. I have seen the video clip of Kerry making his statement about education and also viewed the transcripts of Kerry’s speech in California, and I cannot believe that some people are trying to make the case that Kerry was talking about Bush and was making a joke. Please. Senator Kerry said exactly what you heard him say and all the spinning in the worl will not change it. Kerry got caught insulting the troops and then he tries and blames Bush and the republicans for creating a right wing straw man attack on him. He created this problem for himself by insulting the troops. Please stop spinning this and start to realize that the democrats are not for the common man. The democrats are only concerned with getting back the power and control of Congress, which they feel is theirs. Stop kidding yourselves.

  5. The best news from all of this: at least now we know that there is little chance of John Kerry actually earning the Democratic nomination in 2008. I really did not think that he had a chance anyway, but clearly he thought that he did.

    The funny thing about the alleged ‘bad delivery’ is this: if you do not earn a college degree, your chances of earning a good living go way down, and it just may be that you’d find yourself considering a stint in the military. And I really think that if you surveyed the armed forces you would find that a majority do not have college degrees.

    Still, what a dumb thing to do! When the party is doing so well just by saying, “we will not do what those guys have done,” he goes out and gives the Republicans a talking point. I think that it is not enough of a talking point, but, still – it is possible that something like this could make a difference in the close races around the country.

    All that Kerry had to do was look at his own state, where Deval Patrick is maintaining a double digit lead in the gubernatorial race by not committing himself to anything specific. He does not have to, because he is so far ahead. That’s what my junior Senator seems not to understand; that, and he does not seem to understand that this is not the same thing as the “wishy washy” stuff from 2004, when he was challenging an incumbent who was leading, and failing to challenge made him look bad. In this case he should have come right out and eaten crow and go hide somewhere.

  6. “And I really think that if you surveyed the armed forces you would find that a majority do not have college degrees.”

    The average level of education in the military is above the average level of education in the general population.

    What you said is bad, enabling spin

  7. “The average level of education in the military is above the average level of education in the general population.”

    Talk about spin! I did not say otherwise.

    It is one thing for me to say that. For a politician to say it, especially one who thinks that he is a leader in his party nationally, at the end of a fairly important political campaign, is just plain dumb. Even if you believe Kerry’s amended quote was what he meant to say – which I do not – it was just a dumb thing to say for a politician who is supposed to be helping his party do well in the election.

  8. This is no apology! He’s blaming in on the listeners for ‘misinterpreting’ what he said!

    Was Kerry’s ‘joke’ supposed to be that if you didn’t study hard, and stay in school, you could only grow up to be President? Could that possibly make sense to anyone?

    Yes, most people in the miitary have not finished college, just as most people in our society have not finished college.

    Kerry has disparaged our brave men and women in the armed forces since 1970. This is just the latest example.

    Kerry doesn’t care about anyone who’s running now. He doesn’t care if his loathsome comments hurt his party. He cares only about himself. He could have waited 8 days to make this dumb comment. He could have done as Vivian said and apologized quickly and profusely. But he didn’t choose to do either. He only apologized, half heartedly, after 3 days of pressure from his own party.

    The really bad news is that this won’t stop Kerry. He’s arrogant enough to think that he’s still a serious candidate for the democrat nomination in 2008, proving that he really does think Americans are dumb as rocks.

  9. Jane, can you point me to the place on the Internets where you expressed outrage at President Bush for revealing that he’s always plotting to harm America? This is a quote – “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”

  10. The first half of Kerry’s apology isn’t really an apology at all. Here’s a shorter summary of it:
    1. What I said wasn’t really what I said.
    2. I’m sorry if you misinterpreted what I was saying by taking it at face value. (you are dumb)

    please note that VJP left out the second HALF of the ‘apology’ by Kerry, to wit ….

    “It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.” JFK

    So part three of Kerry;s ‘apology’ is
    3. Republicans suck.

    Pathetic! The guy has been attacking veterens since his 1972 testimony in front of congress. He does it again, possibly by accident, and its the Republicans fault that Kerry stuck his foot in his big mouth. Yup, he is truely a member of the jackass party.

  11. Pathetic only if you’re a hypocritical dead-ender who can overlook his own party leader’s obvious difficulties with his native language in order to manufacture a non-existent issue for no better reason than pathetic partisan BS. You, Jacob Ash, are full of it.

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