December 07, 2004


It's the bird that keeps on giving! Add Washington Dispatch to the list of plastic turkey morons:

While troops celebrated Thanksgiving this year, in a country that is much more dangerous than it was in 2003, President Bush bypassed an official visit on the occasion and instead opted for a safe, long-distance phone call. In 2003 the president visited the troops in Iraq and served a plastic turkey prop in a surprise dinner for pro-Bush soldiers.

We're now in Year Two of global fake turkey stupidity. They ain't never letting this baby go.

Posted by Tim Blair at December 7, 2004 11:51 PM

The fake plastic turkey is the official bird of Presidential cowardice.

In the National Guard, the President in fact flew a turkey. I don't know if this is widely known yet.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at December 8, 2004 at 12:02 AM

The L.A. Times' Joel Stein has also swallowed the plastic turkey story.

Posted by: Bud Norton at December 8, 2004 at 12:17 AM

Woops, see you already caught Stein. Never mind.

Posted by: Bud Norton at December 8, 2004 at 12:27 AM

sadly, plastic doesn't break down when exposed to sunlight...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at December 8, 2004 at 01:12 AM

What a sadistic jokester that Bush, for having "served a plastic turkey prop in a surprise dinner for pro-Bush soldiers". Guess it could be worse than a "plastic turkey", though. Had Bush gone at Christmas with Cornish game hens on the serving line, we'd be hearing rubber chicken jokes ad nauseum.

I hope Bush visits troops this Easter and hands out lots of plastic eggs and fake (choco) bunnies. Then he can go next Halloween and wear a plastic Bush face mask to fake a fake. Or, he could put on a Dan Rather mask and prop safari vest and fake being a fake journo.

Posted by: suzanne at December 8, 2004 at 02:43 AM

Ron Hardin, Bush flew the F102 and volunteered for Vietnam. He was turned down because he was in the NG and just like today in Iraq, sending NG into war overseas is a hot political button. In addition, Bush only had 300 hours in the jet and needed 500 to qualify to go to Nam.

Don't forget, when you say things like this you demean all who served in the NG and flew the F102.

Posted by: Marc at December 8, 2004 at 02:51 AM

Ah, and I see the begenning of another lie. "pro-Bush soldiers." reading the comments of the folks that were there, it is blatantly obvious that the soldiers were not quizzed as to their party affiliation.
Its a weak attempt by the left to dismiss the respect serving soldiers (you know, the poor dumb victims who just want to get out of Iraq) have for our President.

Posted by: monkey-boy at December 8, 2004 at 02:55 AM

Didn't you know monkey-boy? Every single person in the Armed Forces is a brainless redneck whose only impulses are to vote Republican and kill brown people.

Do I need to say (/lll)?

Posted by: JP Gibb at December 8, 2004 at 04:45 AM

Marc, we have to give Ron Hardin partial credit for this one. While the Iraq turkey was not plastic, the F-102 was, alas, a turkey. To the President's credit, though, it appears that he flew it very well.

Posted by: CGeib at December 8, 2004 at 01:02 PM

JP Gibb: They are that, until they die then they're poor helpless victims of Shrub's crusade. /lll

Odd, isn't it? O_O;;

Posted by: Patrick Chester at December 8, 2004 at 02:35 PM

Patrick: That must be that "nuance" thing I hear so much about...

Posted by: JP Gibb at December 9, 2004 at 03:11 AM

A creepy article, dripping with condescension for US troops. Defeatism, dishonesty, snide jabs at the military - just the right stratergy to start winning US elections again.

I really did like the two comments, both coming from uppity pro-Bush readers:

"It was a real turkey you morons. I was in the Army for 3 years, my husband just retired at 20 years. It is tradition to display a REAL turkey."


"You should get out more."


Posted by: Butch at December 9, 2004 at 11:07 AM