In Heinz-sight, Perhaps He Shouldn’t Try to Tell “Jokes”
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
A “botched joke”? Uh, yeah… If that’s the story Kerry wants to go with, then I’d say his so-called joke was botched indeed. That’s putting it mildly. Have you ever told a joke and botched it up, you know – among friends – and maybe it offended someone? What is the natural first response? What is the response of any human being capable of feeling compassion or consideration for others? “Gee, I’m sorry.” It’s so stinkin’ simple.
Now imagine the same situation… but this time, when someone you profess to care about is visibly insulted, instead you chastise your friend, yelling, “I WILL APOLOGIZE TO NO ONE!” No, you wouldn’t do that… no sane or rational person would do that. Ok, Johnny… go with these nice men with the pretty white jackets, they want to hear some of your jokes, too.
I jest, but it’s not funny. John Kerry is not funny. He may be generous, giving the Republicans a gift that will keep on giving until Election Day (and into ’08), but he most certainly is not funny. Ask anyone serving in the Military, any Veteran, any parent, child or spouse of someone in Iraq. Go ahead, ask around. And see what John Kerry thinks of all of this now… if you can find him. My guess is that he wishes he could go back and just say “Gee, I’m sorry,” or that he would have spent Monday windsurfing in California instead of campaigning for Angelides. (Like Angelides needed this kind of help.)
Read some of the 100+ comments from Veterans, Military families and VA hospital patients in response to a post by a Veteran who eloquently lists the facts about our well-educated Military in response to Kerry’s remarks. They are full of emotion and patriotism, as well as an overwhelming expression of having been greatly insulted by the Senator’s statements. I felt this post and its comments helped to put the whole incident into perspective… just as John Kerry helped to put a face on the Democratic Party.