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Posted: 5/7/2003 3:50:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/7/2003 3:53:57 PM EDT by BallisticTip]
They will whine about any thing ! [url]http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=QLFD2HLNGGLLSCRBAELCFFA?type=politicsNews&storyID=2700976[/url] Wed May 7, 2003 06:47 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in Congress on Wednesday demanded to know the costs of President Bush's jet landing on an aircraft carrier last week that they branded a costly political stunt. The Bush administration disclosed on Tuesday that Bush insisted on landing on the USS Lincoln in a S-3B Viking jet even though the carrier was within helicopter range because he wanted to share the pilots' experience. The ship was returning from the Gulf region after the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Democrats on the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee said costs could top $1 million. They included delaying the USS Lincoln that was steaming from the Gulf to San Diego, California, an extra day of air patrols, keeping the crew at sea, presidential security and flying Bush to the ship. The Democrats issued a news release headed 'shameless' in large red type that cited the 'nerve required to delay the return of 4,000 sailors to their families after 10 months at sea in order to stage (a) photo-op.' Bush, wearing a flight suit, made a jet landing and posed with crew members to mark the end of major combat in Iraq. The landing was widely televised and received extensive media coverage throughout the day. Rep. Henry Waxman of California, the House Government Reform Committee's top Democrat, called for the General Accounting Office to examine the costs. A Navy official, speaking on condition of anonymity, disputed that Bush's visit added significant costs, and said it did not delay the carrier's return to its home port in Washington state. 'The operating cost of an aircraft carrier is about a million dollars a day. But it got to where it was supposed to be on time,' he said. The White House said the Lincoln had made faster progress than expected and was 30 miles offshore for the presidential visit. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer rejected charges that the jet landing was political theater. 'I think that the 5,000 sailors on that ship recognized this for what it was, the president going out there to say thank you to those who risked their lives,' Fleischer said. On Tuesday, he said Bush wanted to land by jet to 'allow him to see an aircraft landing the same way that the pilots saw an aircraft landing. Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, the Senate's senior Democrat, said: 'I am loath to think of an aircraft carrier being used as an advertising backdrop for a presidential political slogan.'
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 3:56:59 PM EDT
They’re all jealous because they didn't think of it first.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:16:15 PM EDT
What the hell is the point of being the leader of the free world if you can't fly around in cool jets and get blowjobs in your office? People need to get a grip. How much do they think air force 1 costs? If the Pres wanted a ride on the shuttle they should give it to him, and if he wanted to star in the third Star Wars movie they should give him a part. Democrat or Republican - doesn't matter. For crying out loud, it's only money, and the government wastes so many billions every year, a couple of million here and there mean nothing whatsoever.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:26:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:27:35 PM EDT
yin yang
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:32:05 PM EDT
How much will the stupid inquiries cost us taxpayers?
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:35:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:38:17 PM EDT
It's his fucking Navy, since he's the commander in chief and all. If a general did the same thing nobody would say a word about it. If the democrats dislike the way that Bush does things so much then they can just vote against him in the next election. Too bad they're a bunch of sniveling pussies representing a dying party.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 4:42:52 PM EDT
[img]http://www.nato.int/pictures/ifor/big/96011307.jpg[/img] President Clinton delivers a speech of thanks to the men and women deployed to Tuzla Air Base Bosnia-Herzegovina, during his visit to the troops. [img]http://srd.yahoo.com/S=96062883/K=kennedy+briscoe/v=2/l=IVS/*-http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/400000/images/_401285_sanibel.jpg[/img] The ashes of John F [b]Kennedy[/b] Junior, his wife, Carolyn, and sister-in-law, Lauren Bessette, have been scattered over the sea off Massachusetts. The ceremony took place on a US navy ship, with members of both families on board. [img]http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/400000/images/_401285_briscoe.jpg[/img] USS Briscoe awaits the arrival of the mourners for the farewell burial at sea, off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts [img]http://srd.yahoo.com/S=96062883/K=dukakis+tank/v=2/l=IVS/*-http://home.millsaps.edu/~mcelvrs/Dukakis_tank.jpg[/img] [size=4]I'm sorry - what were the Democrats complaining about again?[/size=4]
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 5:15:31 PM EDT
The democraps are just digging themselves a rather large and deep hole. Or to put it another way, they are strapping large and live grenades to their nuts. This will blow up on them.
Link Posted: 5/7/2003 5:51:25 PM EDT
Maybe next time GW should shove a lit ceegar up a Byrd's ass...!
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