SCRANTON, Pa. — John Kerry’s heavily hyped cross-country bus tour stumbled out of the blocks yesterday, as a group of Marines publicly dissed the Vietnam War hero in the middle of a crowded restaurant.
Kerry was treating running mate Sen. John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, to a Wendy’s lunch in Newburgh, N.Y., for their 27th wedding anniversary — an Edwards family tradition — when the candidate approached four Marines and asked them questions.
The Marines — two in uniform and two off-duty — were polite but curt while chatting with Kerry, answering most of his questions with a “yes, sir” or “no, sir.”
But they turned downright nasty after the Massachusetts senator thanked them “for their service” and left.
“He imposed on us and I disagree with him coming over here shaking our hands,” one Marine said, adding, “I’m 100 percent against [him].”
A sergeant with 10 years of service under his belt said, “I speak for all of us. We think that we are doing the right thing in Iraq,” before saying he is to be deployed there in a few weeks and is “eager” to go and serve.
Maybe they were still pissed about Kerry’s opposition to actually funding our troops in the field. I mean, it must be rather nauseating to know that you’re being used as little more than atmosphere by a guy who doesn’t support what you are fighting and your buddies are dying for.
Of course, to listen to giant thalidomide baby Max Cleland tell it, you’d think John F. Kerry was a real veteran’s veteran, instead of what he actually is: One of Jane Fonda and Ramsey Clark’s fellow travelers.
Oh, and I found this tidbit somewhat humorous:
[T]he rest of Day One went smoothly, as massive crowds — including what Kerry said were up to 20,000 in Harrisburg, Pa., — greeted him, Edwards, their families and Ben Affleck at the tour-kickoff event in Boston and at two stops in the Keystone state. [emphasis mine]
What the fuck is Ben Affleck doing campaigning with the Kerry-Edwards ticket? Is he their pick to head the Department of Homeland Security or something? This drunken putz didn’t even vote in 2000, and he’s running around the country demanding that others vote for his preferred candidate?
I’m just shocked that Kerry even wants to be seen with him, after the train wreck that was Gigli (which, according to Amazon, is for some reason quite popular in the Middle East)…