2004-02-17 03:14:54 UTC
I'd really like to race into addressing the issues of the
political campaign, but the ex-Vietnam Veteran just made me
stomp the brakes and take notice of his personality problems
again. This time John F. should have really just kept his mouth
. . .Kerry, who has a commanding lead in the race to oppose Bush
this fall, chided the president for taking time out Sunday to
attend the Daytona 500, saying the country was bleeding jobs
while he posed for a "photo opportunity." Bush had donned a
racing jacket to officially open NASCAR's most prestigious event
in front of some 180,000 fans.
"We don't need a president who just says, `Gentlemen start your
engines,'" Kerry said. "We need a president who says, `America,
let's start our economy and put people back to work.'"
Uh, yea, sure.
And I'm sure the guys that were at the track yesterday (200,000
wildly cheering fans) are now saying, "Hey, wait a minute! He's
But no wonder Kerry's going a little berserk. Even in a bizarro
world where he was president this could never happen:
About 200,000 fans roared their approval when Bush arrived and
worked his way along pit road, stopping to chat with pole winner
Greg Biffle, who drives the Army National Guard car.
He patted the shoulder of retired champion driver and noted
Republican Richard Petty. He chatted with Teresa Earnhardt, the
widow of seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt. And he stood at
attention for the national anthem with Washington Redskins coach
Joe Gibbs, who owns a NASCAR racing team.
. . .more details that must have Kerry pulling his hair out:
Bush sought to maximize his exposure to racing fans during his
visit. Air Force One circled low over the speedway so the
president could get a look - and to give racing fans a dramatic
look at a symbol of the presidency.
With his wife, Laura, trailing him, Bush walked the pit,
mingling with drivers, shaking hands with fans. He peered into
car No. 16, sponsored by the National Guard, and if the car
reminded him of the tempest swirling around his own service in
the Texas Air National Guard, he didn't show it.
Bush referred to that history in an interview with NBC just
before the race.
"I flew fighters when I was in the Guard, and I like speed," he
said. "It would've been fun to drive up on these banks. ... I'd
like to, but I'm afraid the agents wouldn't let me."
The president got a much warmer reception than Bill Clinton did
when he visited a NASCAR race as a candidate in September 1992,
when the question of his lack of Vietnam-era military service
was dogging Clinton.
At the Southern 500 race in Darlington, S.C., Clinton was booed
and heckled by fans, many shouting "draft dodger!" at him.
As Bush strode through pit road, he received rock-star
treatment. An extravaganza unfolded around him.
And several thousand miles away a lot of GI's gathered to watch
in Germany had ear to ear smiles.
. . .We've reached a point where a Party's likely presidential
candidate has actually fulfilled satire. Is that funny or
Of course this has no end of satire potential. Issues with
various banners, car advertising, the president arriving in an
SUV, that he wasn't driving himself, Halliburtons profits from
the fuel used in the cars, just showing up in a NASCAR jacket
and parading around starting the race...
Of course Kerry, who spent most of his many summers in his
ancestral home in France, isn't aware of the popularity of
NASCAR in America.
He's more of a Formula 1 kind of guy.