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And both the mike and the camera were on.......

by Del McMullen / July 9, 2004 5:42 AM PDT

KERRY PASSES UP TERROR BRIEFING: 'I JUST HAVEN'T HAD TIME'

Just hours before attending an all-star celebrity fundraising concert in
New York, Dem presidential candidate John Kerry revealed how he has been
too busy for a real-time national security briefing.

"I just haven't had time," Kerry explained in an interview.

Kerry made the startling comments on CNN's LARRY KING LIVE Thursday night.

KING: News of the day, Tom Ridge warned today about al Qaeda plans of a
large-scale attack on the United States. Didn't increase the -- you see any
politics in this? What's your reaction?

KERRY: Well, I haven't been briefed yet, Larry. They have offered to brief
me. I just haven't had time.

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Re: And both the mike and the camera were on.......
by Josh K / July 9, 2004 6:04 AM PDT

Well, you know, people get busy. Like on 9/11 when Bush sat there reading for something like 10 minutes after the 2nd tower got hit.

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Then again from one who was there...
by Edward ODaniel / July 9, 2004 7:48 AM PDT

Gwendolyn Tose'-Rigell, the principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., where President Bush was speaking to students when he learned about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon:

"I don't think anyone could have handled it better," she told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in a story published Wednesday. "What would it have served if he had jumped out of his chair and ran out of the room?"

Tose'-Rigell, who was at Bush's side, said she did not hear what White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispered to the president, but "I knew it was something serious."

"The president bit his lip and clenched his jaw," she said. "I didn't know what happened, whether it was something with his wife or children or something with the nation. I remember praying that God would watch over our school and protect our children."

Bush's presence, she said, had a calming effect and "helped us get through a very difficult day."


Here is one link from a liberal paper:
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20040623&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=406230319&SectionCat=&Template=printart

And from an AP reporter:
http://www.billstclair.com/911timeline/2002/ap081902d.html

"This guy is a lot more savvy than I took him to be, because he responded in a moment's notice," she says. "To be able to hold it together, to come up with a response, to keep the kids calm and calmly say what he had to say, that's a lot resting on your shoulders."

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Re: Then again from one who was there...
by Josh K / July 10, 2004 9:44 AM PDT

The ideal response would have been something in between. He could easily have said, "Kids, as you know the President's job is very important, and I'm sorry to cut our visit short but there's something I have to go help with" and left calmly. As opposed to, you know, sitting there doing nothing for seven minutes.

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(NT) (NT) Re: We can do with a little honesty from our politician
by Mary Kay / July 9, 2004 9:50 PM PDT
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