November 1, 2006

Kerry-On Baggage: The ‘Apology’ Doesn’t Cut It

The Kerry site is where the original is. Full text is also at Hot Air (apparently a written/non-spoken statement; I guess he “cut and run” from the idea of going on camera):

As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.

I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.

It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.

He is NOT taking responsibility. It was NOT a verbal slip, and it is somehow other peoples’ fault that his words were “misinterpreted.”

Twenty years ago, when the 527 Media ruled the landscape, this might have worked. Not today. This “apology” changes nothing, not only because it is objectively hollow, but because Kerry has a 30-plus year track record of dishonoring our troops. People know what he said, they know what he meant, and they know that he meant it.

UPDATE: The fun part of this is going to be watching the slip-sliding reactions of people like Kos (“Kerry has nothing to apologize for”). I suspect that they are going to feel betrayed.

UPDATE 2: Michelle Malkin confirms that this is indeed the case. Rather than don the hazmat suit to find out, I’ll trust her.

UPDATE 3: Ann Coulter

John Kerry is the “botched joke” of American politics. For those of you keeping score at home, John Kerry has now called members of the U.S. military a) stupid, b) crazy, c) murderers, d) rapists, e) terrorizers of Iraqi women and children. I wonder what he’ll call them tomorrow. Whatever Karl Rove is paying John Kerry to say stupid things, it’s worth every penny.

Considering the alternatives, it’s amazing that he’s received, by far, the most flak for Item a).

UPDATE 4: VDH thinks that this picture turned the tide and forced a defiant Kerry into what passes for his “apology” mode –


Hugh Hewitt is wondering whether the 527 Media will show this pic tomorrow — I doubt it. In fact, the prospect that the pic might make the front page probably moved Kerry more than any form of sincerity. Now the 527s can (lamely) say “it’s old news” to justify not running it.

UPDATE 5: Geraghty at TKS — “Buddy, I know what you want me to believe you meant. Unfortunately, what I believe you meant is not that. I believe that what you said is what you really think, but you don’t want people to know that.”

UPDATE 6: An allegedly uncut vid is at Hot Air, along with a debate over whether Kerry meant to slam Bush. Kerry starts at 1:35; I didn’t see any controls for forwarding, so you’ll have to wait through the intros, etc. to the joke, which starts at about 2:00.

I’m sorry, Kerry clearly and smoothly transitioned from slamming Bush to a separate joke directed at students, and was clearly playing to a preconceived notion that only people who are less educated end up in Iraq. I don’t see how else you can interpret it. Michelle Malkin, and her follow-up e-mailers, strongly agree.

Previous Posts:
– Kerry-On Baggage: Ohio US Senate Race Edition (Sherrod Brown Steps in It)
– Kerry-On Baggage: It’s Too Late for Dems to Distance, Effective 12:01 AM, Nov. 1
– John Kerry’s Productivity
– John Kerry Appears to Be on the Verge of Accomplishing the Impossible
– There’s Not a Hard Drive Big Enough



  1. Kerry Finally Apologizes (updated)…

    From his website:
    Statement of Senator John Kerry

    As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.
    I sincerely regret t…

    Trackback by Leaning Straight Up — November 1, 2006 @ 5:38 pm

  2. [...] Bizzyblog » The Apology: This Doesn’t Cut It [...]

    Pingback by FullosseousFlap’s Dental Blog » John Kerry Watch: Kerry Makes Direct Apology to Troops — November 1, 2006 @ 7:35 pm

  3. Worth reminding people that Kerry is a strong supporter of Sherrod Brown.

    Nice picture from ’04:

    Comment by ryan — November 1, 2006 @ 7:45 pm

  4. Kerry just put his other foot in his mouth. Even if he had never said anything about our troops before this major insult, this still could not be passed off as being misinterpreted.

    Comment by Cheryl Dunbar — November 1, 2006 @ 11:11 pm

  5. [...] Bizzy has the text of Kerry’s “Apology” [...]

    Pingback by » Final thought for the night… — November 1, 2006 @ 11:59 pm

  6. The Kerry Mess- Post Mortum…

    I think the issue is essentially dead.  We have heard all the apology we will get, I wager.
    I would be more satisfied were it not for two things.
    First, it has to do with his assertion this was a joke.  I can buy that as being plausible,…

    Trackback by Leaning Straight Up — November 2, 2006 @ 3:41 am

  7. I’m wondering if there were any ROTC members in the [college] audience. There is a whole other demographic that sKerry offended…our posterity (how proud our Founding Fathers would be of sKerry).
    Those in our service academys or ROTC members on college campuses, anyone who is considering a career in the military. Look at the disdain with which he impugned them.

    I’m so disgusted with the left, who consistently and without fail, slanders the very resource (American soldier) that provides the freedom they stand on to spew their vitriol.

    Comment by Tess — November 2, 2006 @ 6:55 am

  8. #7, good point, was thinkg the same thing. So many things to say, so little time…..

    Comment by TBlumer — November 2, 2006 @ 9:38 am

  9. Scary John Kerry strikes again…

    John Kerry, who unsuccessfully ran for president in 2004, may end up costing his Democrat party a lot as a result of his attack on US troops. During a speech to a student conference, he said that if you don’t study well, you end up in places like Ira….

    Trackback by Tel-Chai Nation — November 2, 2006 @ 10:43 am

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