National Guard Association Honors Bush

Saturday, February 11, 2006


The National Guard Association of the United States yesterday unveiled a bust of a young Lt. George W. Bush. The association expressed its pride in Bush, who is perhaps its most famous alumnus around today.


Of course, the Washington Post manages two paragraphs questioning Bush's service in a four-graf story, but it seems both petty and half-hearted.

15 comments:

RogerA said...

Indeed a very very petty write up--if they were reporting the news, they could have said the National Guard Association awarded the President.......

But no--and the MSM wonders why they are losing market share--on the plus side, the WaPo doesnt have a big market share in most of the country, and unless you live inside the beltway, it isnt read at all, except as something to poke fun at.

terrye said...

I know a lot of guys who served in the Guard and none of them had connections. My uncle was a poor boy from Oklahoma and was in the NG, activated to go fight in Europe in WW2. My brother in law was in the Guard. Gale was in the Gaurd too and none of these people had any political pull at all. At least Bush served, which is more than can be said for Clinton.

The story was the usual snarky half ass smear job we have seen time and again. It is surprising they did not find away to slip in Katrina.

Buddy Larsen said...

TANG's F-102 Delta Dart was--like all the so-called 'century series' of USA fighter aircraft--basically a guy riding a monster jet engine. The Dart was especially hard on pilots, and killed aplenty of 'em. It was designed to climb straight up--fast--in all-weather--to intercept Russian nuclear-armed bombers, and drop 'em with a close missile shot. Bush's unit was charged with airspace between USA and Cuba, and he did his job. He could've been sent to VietNam anytime. Meanwhile, nobody trying to avoid a tough job ever found himself a fighter jockey in an F-102.

Peter UK said...

Buddy,
The F-102 Delta Dart was a fire and forget aircraft, if they had gone into action against the Russian Bears,there would have been nothing for them to land on if they survived to come back.
Bombers from both sides were constantly probing each others air defences,nobody ever knew if "this time" was for real

Seneca the Younger said...

And the fatality rate was considerably higher than, say, for Army photographers in Saigon. It's also worth looking at the time 1LT Bush spent on active duty, compared to either Gore or Kerry.

Buddy Larsen said...

Peter, you're right--the whole design concept was to put the thing on the Bear ASAP. Wing-loading was extremed to lower drag and raise speed. Wing-loading being inverse to 'lift', the thing was not forgiving of error of any sort pilot or mechanical, and came in so hot that like all the 'century-series' it needed special (long-long) runways to ever get it down and stopped, in one piece.

For most folks, flying one of 'em would've been plenty enough of a national-service accomplishment.

Yet I've never once heard GWB brag, or lean on it in any way.

Never seen him salute a civilian gathering and say "My Name Is George Bush And I'm Reporting For Doody!"

vnjagvet said...

Who do these reporters they think they are? What are their qualifications to evaluate who deserves the National Guard's esteem?

Buddy Larsen said...

"Fool's names and fool's faces,

Are often seen in public places."

David Thomson said...

"It is surprising they did not find away to slip in Katrina."

Oh no, please don't give them any ideas!

There is no hard evidence whatsoever to prove that George W. Bush failed to live up to his obligations. This sort of news reporting is based solely on wild speculation and innuendo.

Rick Ballard said...

They just can't help themselves from trying a little CPR on a dead meme. At least they didn't run pictures of the TANG memo.

Who do they think we are?

Democrats - they only have one audience. May their niche grow ever smaller.

Buddy Larsen said...

Got a career to advance, got to keep them bona fides up.

sammy small said...

vnjagvet

I would echo the same comment regarding the carrier trap on the Lincoln back in 2003. It was the most natural thing for a former ANG jock to do.

The MSM chattering class just doesn't get it. It must have really been like a hot poker in the eye to their egos the way they reacted.

Buddy Larsen said...

I recall being severely stunned by the left's reaction to that simple gesture toward the crew of the Lincoln, which I belief had done a double tour in the war zone. The nastiness of the reaction was breathtaking, utterly out of proportion. As iuf the president's show had been for them, and they were way to savvy for such corn. I guess it still hasn't dawned on the self-styled sophisticates that the event had nothing to do with them, it was for the military, and whoever didn't like it didn't *have* to like it.

Peter UK said...

The Lincoln's "Mission was accomplished",nobody in their right mind thinks that aircraft carriers can be dragged around on dry land...to place like Fallujah of even Darfur.

Buddy Larsen said...

Thanks for making my point, Mark.

I know you know, and you know I know you know, the truths behind those little jabs.

"Not a fan" -- finish the thought -- "I'm not a fan of my slander victims"