Lapdogs fess up: AP admits ‘wrongly’ inserting words to fix Obama gaffe

As Twitchy exclusively reported yesterday, in a story about President Obama’s appearance on the Tonight Show, the Associated Press actually added words to a quote from Obama in order to remove geographical gaffes. This afternoon, the AP admitted making an addition to the quote:

Original quote:

“If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. – if we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs.”

Here’s the quote after a member of the elite Associated Press Obama Gaffe Repair Team sprang into action:

“If we don’t deepen our ports all along the Gulf – (and in) places like Charleston, S.C., or Savannah, Ga., or Jacksonville, Fla. – if we don’t do that, these ships are going to go someplace else and we’ll lose jobs.”

Notice, however, that the AP only admitted to adding words and that it was wrong to do so, but the admission contained no apology for the Obama lapdogging:

Apology? Don’t hold your breath.

Hat tip: Jeryl Bier.

  • John Howard

    “Acted stupidly”?

    • Jeremy
    • jayz43

      Well, he DID get the States right… those ARE 3 of our 57 States.

      • Michael Bowen

        3 of 58 states ,his statement was we have been to 57 states with one more to go LMAO

        • Elaine

          But THEN he added he had not been to Hawaii or Alaska? He said his staff would not allow it because of the expense. RIGHT. HAHAHA (best joke of all) How many states does he think there are????

          • Michael Bowen

            i dont know i lost count , maybe 59 or 60 . look at the FL keys LOL

      • Michael Bergsma

        He has had such a bad month that I believe he is down to 53 states.

    • pajamakat

      It’s no act. He is a stupid man.

  • Jeremy

    AP up to their usual antics along with the rest of the Obama suckup media

  • Amy

    And they woulda got away with it if it weren’t for those pesky kids at Twitchy!

  • Ralph Moore

    every president says things they want back…and until this one the media called them out on it instead of covering for them

    • Chrissy the Hyphenated

      The media made up crap Bush never said (Mission accomplished) and made fun of him. They did the same to Palin (I can see Russia from my house).

      • Deke Larrew

        Bingo… CNN had the transcript of Bush’s so-called “Mission Accomplished Speech” on it’s website for years.. I read it repeatedly and posted it dozens of times to counter lefty & anti war posts about it…

        NOWHERE did he EVER say, “Mission Accomplished” or “the war is over”….

  • Lisa Dean

    Also interesting is the he says The Panama. He didn’t say The Panama Canal. He really does need to have the TOTUS with him at all times.

    • TugboatPhil

      He just expects the media to fill in all those “other” words.

    • susandanielspi

      It sounded as though he was trying to say that the US owns the Panama Canal, which we don’t.

    • susandanielspi

      It sounded as though he was trying to say that the US owns the Panama Canal, which we don’t.

  • TDS

    I’m just curious where all this mystery oil will be coming from, since most of ours is either home-grown, and what we import we get from Canada, Mexico, or Venezuela, with less than 25% coming from Africa or the Middle East…
    And NONE of that needs to transit the P.C…
    And since our goal is to to get OFF foreign oil and there are really no MAJOR oil exporters that would need to transit the Panama Canal, west-to-east, to sell oil to the U.S, what’s the REAL story there, Mr Prezzy???
    – – –
    I’m thinking that the only significant oil that will be transiting thru that particular ditch will be when China starts sucking down the Gulf’s reserves for their use…

    • beeman17

      Once again our “Most Intelligent President Ever” doesn’t know what he is talking about. Upgrades to the canal are mainly for new huge container ships coming from China, although China will use the canal for only a few years.
      Reason: While the once Great USA is spending $80B per year on food stamps ,China will spend $40B to build and operate a new canal thur Nicaragua.

      • TugboatPhil

        I was reading a book of general knowledge that was published in the late 1800s and there was a proposal to build the first canal across Nicaragua instead of Panama.

        • J. Cox

          The only reason they didn’t was because the postage stamp for Nicaragua had a picture of a Volcano on it.

      • GlobalTrvlr

        I was going to say the same thing – this is not about supertankers or oil; those have been going through for 10 years, it is about container ships.

  • Republicanvet

    AP has been like an etch-o-sketch for years. Write an article, a slant is needed, shake a little and rewrite it with no indication any change was made to the original.

    I have commented on this before. Open an AP article on the internet about something political in the morning. Copy the URL to another tab and update that new tab throughout the day. It’s amazing how an original article will change, again, with no indication that it has been changed.

    I once did this with an AP article that had equal quotes from both parties. Throughout the day, more quotes from democrats were added, and by the end of the day, any quotes from Republicans were completely removed.

    • nc

      That’s been a real concern of mine about online publishing, including ebooks and such. Things could be changed and you’d never know it.

  • stillinthe60s

    Still not sure why BO wants to deepen those ports because global warming is increasing sea level…so why not save money? And not sure why AP didn’t point out as sea level rises, those cities will be on the Gulf.

    • Scotty G.

      Nice catch.

    • TugboatPhil

      Yes, but the day he was nominated the sea levels stopped rising. That’s when he proposed the building of the Intercontinental Railroad.

      • stillinthe60s

        He promised to do so. And for BO that is the same as doing regardless of actually accomplishing.

  • IceColdTroll

    Keep their feet to the fire! Would this have happened without popular outrage?

    • Amy

      I bet Al Gore is ruing the day he invented the Internet πŸ˜‰

      • msueh

        clever! πŸ˜€

  • PatriotRG

    the broader point – Obamas whole career in academia , law , he has been covered by guilt ridden libs

  • Arkuy The Great

    “Glassy Lefts @Contribute11
    I read it through twice. I saw the correction but didn’t see the apology for being a presidential gaffe band-aid. @russbynum @AP”
    Recall what a “band-aid” was in the movie Almost Famous when you read that tweet!

  • Keith

    Imagine if Dan Quayle had said that….maps of the gulf coast would have been all over the news , late night comedy shows, newspapers, magazines, etc. Obama says it–double crickets

  • Forrest Carter

    The AP, Communist Propaganda Officers of the Obama Admin.

  • halevi

    If it was Bush, the gaffe would have been front page news all over the MSM.

    • TugboatPhil

      Yes. And even THAT is Bush’s fault!

  • Scotty G.

    The soft racism of low expectations continues. They’ll quietly correct Obama on the location of the frickin’ Gulf of Mexico, while trying to convince you Sara Palin said she could see Russia.

    • nc

      They will never let that stupid lie go.

  • NixTyranny

    AP (Absolutely Political)

  • dwpittelli

    1) They should have used [brackets], not (parentheses).
    2) I have transcribed and listened to a lot of interview tapes. Almost everybody, unless reciting a text, needs these types of edits for print.
    3) I agree that there is a double standard on this sort of thing. and that the “Bushism of the Day” was fundamentally dishonest.

    • Jon

      Most readers wouldn’t discern the differences between brackets and parentheses. Bynum or his editor could have simply done some sort of ‘love tap’ notation of the gaffe — not reverse-Dowdafying it, but coming up with some excuse like cross-country jet lag to explain why he couldn’t tell the difference between two of the country’s three maim surrounding bodies of water and the cities on their coasts.

      That still would have been a partial suck-up, but at least the quote itself would have been presented unadulterated for readers to judge for themselves. It’s not the AP or any other news organization’s job to clean up after the president when he makes a gaffe in front of several million viewers.

  • E Jabez

    But but…they’re impartial journalists, not like those bloggers .

    Pathetic, how do they even maintain a shred of credibility?

  • Buck__Ofama

    Layers and layers of fact checkers….

  • BeeKaaay

    This is leftwingwackoism.

    Cover up for the Leftwingwacko In Chief.

  • Brian Grayson

    No mention of course of how Bush said dumb things every day and despite being President couldn’t tell you the leaders of important African nations. We all know that’s what Obama meant, and the AP did nothing wrong here. Obama went to Harvard Law School. Bush was too stupid to get into any Ivy League schools and wishes he could get into Harvard like Obama did.

  • RestlessLegs

    Also, Obama thinks gymnastics, swimming and track are at the Winter Olympics.

  • TocksNedlog

    The AP: “Take a day off, Carney; we got this!”

  • nc

    Apology? They still think Michelle, Twitchy and the rest of us conservatives are “haters” for even pointing it out.

  • dankleitman

    When did you learn about the geography of our country? I learned it in grade school. But Obama went to grade school in Indonesia, where he probably learned lots about its many islands etc, but very little about the United States,not even how many states there are.
    And he shows no signs of being curious about such things at any time since his grade school.
    So don’t blame him for being ignorant about this country and about its history and its constitution. Just feel ashamed if you voted for him.

  • iconoclast

    lapdogging–what a great adjective for our sycophantic press.

  • Tuffenough1952

    I saw that ‘ interview ‘ with Leno – these types of misstatements from o-bammy are not uncommon .
    However o-bammy’s couch lovefest with Leno makes me think LESS of Leno. Sad really.

  • Chrissy the Hyphenated

    You only believe Bush lied us into a war because you believe the lamestream media’s version of how that vote happened. Congress had MORE information than Bush. And they VOTED for the war. Bush also had a bigger international coalition than Obama did when he IGNORED Congress and went into Libya.

  • carolhaka

    Why is it you morons only have a “nanny nanny boo boo, someone else did something else first” response to everything the moron-in-chief does? If you didn’t have the words “Bush” or “Sarah Palin” in your vocabulary, you won’t have anything. Speaking of minutia, oh look “Squirrel”!

  • The Penguin

    How does it compare to Benghazi? Or “Fast and Furious”? The IRS scandal? The targeting of drones against civilians? Your mom having you?

    • Cheryl Deneweth-Mcgill

      Thank you for the laugh, your comment will remain in my head all day. Wish I could have liked it a thousand times.

    • Cheryl Deneweth-Mcgill

      To clarify, it was the “Your Mom” comment that I found terribly funny not the scandal’s.


    Please read in monotone and blank stare and expression: “must protect leader at all costs must protect leader at all costs must protect leader at all costs must protect leader at all costs must protect leader at all costs”…

    Please, please, please… someone, anyone, even the trolls!, tell when the former President received such treatment from the media.

  • Henry Chapman

    Never mind the inconvenient truth that both of Obama’s Secretaries of State and his Vice President looked at the same intelligence as Bush and came to the same conclusion. The Obamabots have a meme–Bush lied! — and they will clutch it forever and the fact there is absolutely no evidence to back it up won’t bother them in the least.

  • denise0513

    It proves Obama is CLUELESS when it comes to the United States!

  • Janice LEE

    It’s not ‘lapdogging’, it’s ‘kneepadding’. IMHO

  • Janice LEE

    It’s not ‘lapdogging’, it’s ‘kneepadding’. IMHO

  • AnneCink

    It’s actually ok because they did the same for George Bush…….Um, never mind. That was Clinton!

  • AnneCink

    It’s actually ok because they did the same for George Bush…….Um, never mind. That was Clinton!

  • Rick Caird

    The addition of “(and in)” was done either by the reporter or the editor. One of those two should be fired. If the AP cannot be trusted to correctly print direct quotes, what good are they? Why would the AP want to put themselves on the level of Huffpo, ThinkProgress, or MediaMatters?

  • Rick Caird

    The addition of “(and in)” was done either by the reporter or the editor. One of those two should be fired. If the AP cannot be trusted to correctly print direct quotes, what good are they? Why would the AP want to put themselves on the level of Huffpo, ThinkProgress, or MediaMatters?

  • sickofdems

    “One way or the other, we
    are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction
    and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4,

    “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our
    purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s
    weapons of mass destruction program.”
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17,

    “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there
    matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will
    use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the
    greatest security threat we face.”
    Albright, Feb 18, 1998

    “He will use those weapons of mass
    destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
    –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser,
    Feb, 18, 1998

    “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and
    consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions
    (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to
    respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of
    mass destruction programs.”
    Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
    — Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John
    Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998

    “Saddam Hussein has been engaged
    in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat
    to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection
    -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec.
    16, 1998

    “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building
    weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
    — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov.
    10, 1999

    “There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has
    reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical
    and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In
    addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using
    the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will
    threaten the United States and our allies.”
    Letter to President Bush, Signed
    — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others,
    Dec 5, 2001

    “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein
    is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has
    ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass
    destruction and th! e means of delivering them.”
    — Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19,

    “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and
    chemical weapons throughout his country.”

    Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass
    destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will
    continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
    — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    “We have
    known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of
    mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D,
    MA), Sept. 27, 2002

    “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in
    October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of
    chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash
    course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities.
    Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
    — Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3,

    “I will be voting to give the President of the United States
    the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I
    believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a
    real and grave threat to our security.”

    Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

    “There is unmistakable
    evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons
    and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also
    should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in
    development of weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10,

    “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past
    11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and
    destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he
    has refused to do”
    — Rep. Henry Waxman (D,
    CA), Oct. 10, 2002
    Fact for you….17 reasons for taking out Saddam Hussein. All of them valid.
    And by the way…Congress voted on the war in Iraq.

  • Jon Sweeney

    Bush isn’t President bedwetter..

  • Todd Hill

    You and your ilk do tend to drone on about the past, don’t you. But, come to think of it, ‘droning’ is a Democrat’s stock in trade these days, right? Even to the point of using military might to execute US citizens without benefit of a trial.

  • catherine annette

    If no teleprompter, he shows his limited skill set, and inept state. How got elected, will never know.

    • Kaya Hund

      There are a whole lot of people even more intellectually challenged than our president.

      • SithMystery

        And most of them are in his Cabinet or in Congress…

      • Adam Baumb

        You’re right. They are those identifying themselves as Democrats.

  • OLLPOH ~ America

    Where did the “Hold Govt Accountable Press”, go?…When are these lapdogs going to realize they are destroying they themselves and America… We so need it desperately to have someone, anyone asking “Truth to Power” Questions of Obama and Obama’s Government!
    The O’Cult Press is complying on a regular daily basis to the Chief Cult of Liars, Cronies, Spy-ers, Destroyers of what we were born into Natural Law, Natural Rights Constitutionally Free Republic and America is now The Soviet Union II.

  • Steve_J

    Are you referring to the Iraq war Hillary Clinton voted for or are you referring to another Iraq war?

  • chetnapier

    why do people call them lapdogs I like dogs how about bootlicker ,toady, buttkisser

  • Margaret Manzi

    No one can possibly be surprised when mainstream media outlets bleed viewers/readers. How much of what they report is outright fiction? This correction is minor compared to other “fixes”.

  • chuckles

    useful idiots

  • demmi

    Much like the pooper scoopers that follow a parade. They have a lot of crap to clean up after Obama gives a speech.

  • Dwight Moody

    The AP is only continuing the great service they provided for George Bush. Right?

  • Adam Baumb

    It’s gotten to a point where everything the AP publishes is regarded as bullsh*t. Until the editors and executives of these liberal rags and services end their sycophantic fawning over the likes of this carnival huckster in the White House, we can expect more of the same. They are frauds — no more, no less.

  • DorothyGrissom

    Yup. All has been quickly forgiven in the AP scandal. Makes one wonder what Holder had to promise these lapdogs in his private meeting with them. You know. The meeting they weren’t even allowed to report on. #JournalismIsDead

  • Axelgreaser

    THE AP ARE AFRAID OF THIS FRAUD…the AP long ago forgot their way. Their compass is rusted out and corrupted. AP has been skewing employment figures for this regime, we know that, so what else has this chickenshit news operation ‘skewed?’ You lay down with dogs, you get fleas. Get back on track AP! The people are behind you.

  • leybaterry

    Once again the smartest man in Washington having cover by the lame street media for his Brilliance

  • B. G. Martin

    Had GWB said this they would still be broadcasting it every 15 minutes. I have no use for them, don’t believe a word the say.

  • Jack Burnett

    I’d love to see Saudi Arabia giving and the Obama administration stop funneling tax money to AP, CNN, MSNBC and see how long they keep covering his fraudulent ass.

  • Conservagrl

    Have the kneepads with the inscription DNC worn off on the AP Reporters yet? heck have they worn off on most “Reporters”?

  • ns4853

    They had no choice but to admit it… it was right there in black and white! But apologize for it… never!

  • akble

    still scared after the AP / bugging incident and have probably been told to do what ever it takes to keep BHO from getting mad at them

  • richard40

    Funny, I dont remember the AP making any pre publication corrections when Dan Quayle mispelled potato, or when Gov Perry made his debate gaffe. I thought only congressmen and senators could revise and extend their remarks, and even then the original remarks are still recorded. But I guess there are different rules for Obama. Its pretty convenient when the AP willingly whitewashes out your gaffes for you. With that kind of service, you dont even need a teleprompter.
    I knew the AP was biased, but with this kind of stuff they may as well be Pravda. The “journalists” in the 1984 Ministry of Truth, who made sure that all the articles were scrubbed to make sure we were always at war with EastAsia, could not have done it better.

    • Randall Dunlap

      V.P. Quayle was at an event at an elementary school.
      The school gave Quayle cards with words for a spelling bee to be used in a spelling bee. One of those cards had the word “potatoe” written on it.

      • richard40

        So you are saying the gaffe wasn’t even just Quayles fault, but just as much the fault of the idiot that wrote the wrong spelling on the card he was using. I didn’t know that. In any event, Quayles spelling error was no worse than Obama mispronouncing Corpsman, but in Quayles case a huge deal was made about, to the point of claiming it disqualified him for the presidency, while with Obama it was no big deal. Of course my real point was that the MSM goes even further and lies to cover up Obamas gaffes, when they definitely would never do that for a repub.

  • Gordon Waite

    Altering a 911 recording to make a “White Hispanic” look racist and changing what the president said so he doesn’t look stupid! Now tell me the media is not slanted extremely to the left.

  • Kevin Powell

    Obama has been to…….57 states, and has two or three to go!

  • Kevin Powell

    Obama has been to ……… 57 states, and has two or three to go!
    America deserves the communist / muslim from Kenya.

  • Rex Thornhill

    you all have obviously misunderestimated the AP. It’s not like it’s GW making the gaffe.

  • David

    Why is it that Obama is opposed to deepening the port at Omaha? And while he’s at it, how about doing some improvements on our beaches that are being washed out to sea when the tide recedes?

  • margaret howerton

    This doesn’t address the Winter Olympic games Obama mentioned – which by the way were all Summer games. Or the interesting math on the deficit. Everything he said was wrong. That’s what happens when he doesn’t have a teleprompter. He doesn’t appear to have basic knowledge of America and the American experience, much less the rest of the world. And it is clear by his actions that he doesn’t respect or support the American way of life. This is evident by his incessant shredding of the US Constitution, which by the way, he declared an imperfect document. Does he propose to have a better one? All this, and he has sworn to uphold the US Constitution. Boy, we are in real trouble.

  • Ralph Haines

    The EVIL ONE has his minions clean up the verbal trash he leaves behind.

  • Tom Glock

    This is the same AP, that The Justice Department, one of obama’s tentacles of oppression, that had their phones tapped?

  • The Sanity Inspector

    Pfft! Just flyover states, anyway. Who cares? No one he knows.

  • workingstiffdad

    I’ve been catching the AP at their lies and bias for over a decade. Warn your friends and neighbors to not trust them.

  • edwardpodritske

    In 2008 I told my Democrat friend Jeff that this guy was an empty suit.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    The More We Know. The far more we don’t.

  • Black__Mamba

    All in bold? I’m convinced!

  • carolhaka

    I know, I know. The moron-in-chief’s geographical gaffes covered up by AP should immediately invoke a causal relationship with something Bush or Sarah Palin did. My bad! How many have died while Oblahblah has been building Nations of Terrorists?

  • denise0513

    And, Ned, you seem to believe Obama hasn’t killed thousands with his drones? Better yet, more american troops have died in Afghanistan under Obama than under Bush but I am willing to bet, you think that is okay. I spoke out against Bush and the war in Iraq. I believe it was wrong. I believe Obama is wrong to use drones and I also believe he needs a real EDUCATION concerning the United States of America; its geography; its government and the Constitution. He has no clue about the separation of powers and honestly believes president is the supreme ruler. The man (I use that term loosely) claims to have a law degree yet he FAILS to follow the law!

  • denise0513

    And, Ned, you seem to believe Obama hasn’t killed thousands with his drones? Better yet, more american troops have died in Afghanistan under Obama than under Bush but I am willing to bet, you think that is okay. I spoke out against Bush and the war in Iraq. I believe it was wrong. I believe Obama is wrong to use drones and I also believe he needs a real EDUCATION concerning the United States of America; its geography; its government and the Constitution. He has no clue about the separation of powers and honestly believes president is the supreme ruler. The man (I use that term loosely) claims to have a law degree yet he FAILS to follow the law!

  • Adam Baumb

    How about the millions killed by LBJ’s Vietnam? You suckazzes embrace his vision for social engineering, but fail to recognize the sheer fraud of his position. President Bush didn’t have a lickspittle Congress or complicit media when he sought authorization to take action against Saddam Hussein, who actively supported and bankrolled terrorism worldwide. Even the liberal stooges idiots like you elevate today all walked up to the podium and declared their firm allegiance to the effort of ending the threat. I guess that impeached, disbarred, serial molesting ex-governor of Arkansas and his political hack wife ginning up support for action against civilians in Bosnia and repeated cruise missile attacks against suspect WMD sites in Iraq didn’t make it through your intelligence filters. Seems not much has, to be frank. But, keep on with the bold letters and moronic liberal talking points. We love kicking you idiots across the street.

  • GlobalTrvlr

    Go read his speech that day. He said that things were a long way from being over. Someone from his staff had the banner made and hung, and the staff member said it was about that particular ship’s duty. So, here you are 10 years later still making stuff up. What is it about lefty’s that make them falsify history.

  • Deke Larrew

    “It’s not working” on you and your ilk only because y’all have your heads so far up your 4th point-of- contact that FACTS escape you…. Completely…

  • Hopeful Independent

    Obviously as an Obamabot, things are working out just great for you. How’s the 5 dollars you received out of my paycheck every week?

  • pajamakat

    Go take a nap.

  • Archer305

    Making your text in bold! Woo! Anyways, two things about that “embarrassing banner”. First, the Navy ship requested it. It was an idea that was suggested by those on the ship as a way to honor the sailors and crew on board the USS Lincoln for accomplishing their mission. Their mission was to keep the waterways secure and provide cover for our troops on the ground in case Iran or someone else wanted to jump into the mix. They did so until we broke the Iraqi military (ahem… which we did). Secondly, it was a symbol that the main confrontation with the Iraqi military had been successful… Which it had been after the military personnel ended up surrendering in droves. The main forces of Iraq were defeated. After that, we became an occupational force which was attacked guerilla warfare style by bands of loyalists and Al Queda members/sympathizers. It was a significant marker and was these guys mission.

    P.S. Nobody on the ship voiced concern about posting that b/c they were happy to be heading home. To them it was “Mission Accomplished”

  • labar

    The ship had completed it’s tour and was on the way home. They accomplished their mission and Bush had the nerve to recognize them for it. What a crime! You libs have no idea or understanding of how to honor and show support for our military.

    And if you had listened to the speech Bush gave on that carrier, you would’ve heard him say the war is far from over, but that our troops were making great progress . .

    That’s not revising history and we have no shame over the way Bush treated our troops.

    They admired him and he respected their service to the country. He also appreciated the sacrifices that their families were making too.

    Unlike the jerk we have now who accuses our troops of air raiding villages and terrorizing civilians in the dead of night.

    See for yourself

  • LMW51

    Bush Reich? Was it Bush who targeted (and continues to) target political opponents with the IRS? Was it Bush who blame a terror attack on an American citizen instead of terrorists in order to hide the fact that 35 CIA agents were on the ground running guns and was it Bush who gave the stand down order to our service men and women standing on the tarmac ready to go rescue their comrades in arms? Was it the Bush administration that systematically demoted and threatened court martials to service men and women reading conservative or christian books? Did Bush send out a swat team in full body armor to intimidate a group of conservative protestors? No, that was and is Obama. You might want to take off your rose colored glasses before its YOUR rights that are being systematically abused by a President of the United States – the place that used to be known as the land of the free…remember that?

  • Todd Hill

    They did, but apparently their dialogue was too high-brow for you to comprehend. Please try to keep up.

  • Adam Baumb

    Check again, noodle. A whole host of well informed, legitimate Americans blew your rectal spew cleanly out of the sky.

  • Todd Hill

    Care to comment on the executive office’s unilateral action (initiated by Obama, to be clear) in Libya? Didn’t think so…

  • Jon Sweeney

    Here you go booger eater:

    β€œIn the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security.” β€” Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002

  • ogama843

    No, he admitted they didnt FIND any and intelligence speculated the wmd’s were moved to Syria. He did not lie. Intelligence agencies from around the world believed the same thing.

  • ogama843

    Furthermore, before Bush was in office, President Clinton frequently spoke of the threat Saddam Hussein posed with his WMD’s. was he lying?

  • Lisa Dean

    Oh wow. Using the “bold” to emphasize your assertions even more. Please site your source as to when Bush admitted there were not any WMD or nuclear or chemical facilities. What information did Congress have more of than the President?

  • Adam Baumb

    That is an absolute and total falsehood. The previous administration repeatedly attacked WMD sites in Iraq. Congress authorized every one — wonder how they came to that conclusion? You gonna blame Newt for that?

  • rickg62

    He said that they didn’t find any, not that there had never been any. Big difference. Clinton claimed that Iraq definitely had them and they were used against the Kurds. Nice try.

  • whnp

    Noodle probably has no idea we’re still in Afghanistan let alone how many troops have died there under Obama. For Noodle and his ilk, the instant answer for every criticism of Obama is always “Shrub was worse”.