White House communications director Dan Bartlett said yesterday that although no official record can be found, “obviously, you don’t get an honorable discharge unless you receive the required points for annual service.”
Some other things that may be “obvious” in the bizarro world in which Dan Bartlett apparently lives:
Obviously, you don’t get into the Texas Air National Guard, which had a waiting list hundreds long in 1968, without waiting your turn.
(Actually, George W. Bush somehow rocketed right past the other would-be draft avoiders on that list without waiting his turn.)
Obviously, given the many potential applicants, you don’t become a pilot trainee in the Texas Air National Guard without an impressive score on the pilot aptitude test.
(Actually, George W. Bush scored the lowest possible passing grade on that test and still got into the program that kept him safely away from the Vietnam War.)
Obviously, when you fail to show up for a medical exam and drug test in the Texas Air National Guard, you are arrested as soon as possible and made accountable for your actions.
(Actually, despite being suspended from flying duty for missing his 1972 drug test/medical exam, George W. Bush was never arrested, a fact that no doubt sits well with soldiers who actually did time in the brig for similar offenses.)
Obviously, you don’t get a new drivers license issued by the State of Texas without having a solid legal reason.
(Actually, Bush somehow was issued a new drivers license by the State of Texas for mysterious reasons. What records are connected with the old one? He won’t say.)
The list goes on. While it is obvious that the average person would not have received these special official favors, Dan Bartlett perhaps needs to be reminded of one thing: His boss had a powerful father, who stepped in time and again to get his son out of trouble and to make life easy for him. Securing an honorable discharge for a son who had just gone AWOL to work for a Republican political candidate would have been one in a long string of special favors Poppy secured for his son.