Yet, Kerry's most telling blow landed on Bush most directly. In response to a question, Kerry was allowed to place himself in the president's chair in that second-grade classroom in Florida on Sept. 11, 2001.
When the second terror jet smashed into the World Trade Center, Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispered the tragic news into Bush's ear. The commander in chief stayed on message with the unknowing second graders around him. He fidgeted in his seat. At one point he seemed on the verge of raising his hand for a toilet break. Finally, after a full seven minutes - with WTC office workers leaping to certain death - the critical moment arrived for Bush. He read his assigned section of "My Pet Goat."
Kerry told the Unity convention that, as commander in chief, he would have acted differently. "Had I been reading to children and my top aide whispered in my ear that America was under attack, I would have told the kids very politely and nicely that the president of the United States has something he needed to attend to." Kerry sounded sincere
And David Reinhard's lame, over-repeated rejoinder to the truth:
He's joined propagandist Michael Moore in roasting Bush for the minutes he spent listening to kids read after learning of the 9/11 attacks. "I would have told those kids very politely and nicely," Kerry said. "that the president . . . had something he needed to attend to."
Bush says he was calmly gathering his thoughts over those seven minutes. Kerry and Moore see some failure of leadership. It's a silly claim, and an especially odd one for Kerry to make. After all, here's what he recently told Larry King about his own 9/11 doings. "And as I came in [to a meeting in Sen. Tom Daschle's office], Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid were standing there, and we watched the second plane come in to the building. And we shortly thereafter sat down at the table and then we just realized nobody could think, and then boom, right behind us, we saw the cloud of explosion at the Pentagon."
And then we just realized nobody could think.
Really, they friggin' pay people at the Oregonian to repeat Republican talking points!
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