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    I think Fox was the only camera crew allowed.

    Nice to see Bush wearing a quasi-military uniform again...it's one of the early signs of fascism.

    •  Re: "Unprecedented" trip to Iraq? (none)
      You have to read how reporters typically cover the President's activities.  Each media group has a turn at covering the president each day. It is called the press pool I believe. It was Fox's turn that day to represent the pool.  The President can't have 500 reporters following him around all day.  All presidents did it this way as far as I know.  The pool reporters then write  up everything that happened (I believe this report was posted on Drudge)in detail and each reporter can then write their story from that detail.  The report I saw on Drudge even had a description of the napkin ring used on AF1.  Same with photography.  Maybe that's why sometimes there is a certain sameness to stories. Those reporters who complained about the press arrangements were probably just getting some kind of story out of it.  Everyone in the press evidently knows how it works.

      One interesting thing is that when the story first broke there was a picture of the president with his arm around a female soldier's shoulder and both were really laughing hard.  That picture has vanished.  I haven't been able to find it anywhere.  Now the story has a picture of President Bush carrying a turkey.  Why was that other picture removed by the media?  

      I cannot believe that the depths of nitpicking BS that some people engage in.  Only 600 troops!!  Only handpicked troops!!  Only pumpkin pie and not pecan!! Only paper napkins and not cloth ones!!

      Bush was not wearing a uniform.  He had on the unit's jacket.  Those are typically given to visiting dignitaries.  Clinton worn one all the time when he visited the troops.  Bush had on a jacket at Fort Carson too.  He wore a flight uniform during his landing on the USS Lincoln because he was flying in an military aircraft and took the controls at some point.  He is the CIC and can wear whatever he damn pleases.  Maybe he probably wanted to remember what it felt like to wear the thing.  Who knows or cares?  BFD.  Get the knot out of your panties.

      I hate the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

      by Mad Jayhawk on Tue Dec 02, 2003 at 11:27:11 PM PST

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