Bush aircraft carrier landing redux

November 11, 2008

NEW YORK – President George W. Bush in 2003 landed aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln on a Navy jet where he delivered a speech saying major combat operations in Iraq had ended with a “Mission Accomplished” banner behind him, which later caused his administration headaches as the war dragged on.

On Tuesday, Bush landed on another aircraft carrier but this time was on much safer political ground. He landed on the Intrepid, a carrier that has been transformed into a museum which Bush helped re-dedicate as part of his last Veteran’s Day speech as commander-in-chief.

“Not only do we honor those who have worn the uniform, those who are wearing the uniform, we honor their families, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts,” Bush said. ”We have a moral obligation to support our families, and we have a moral obligation to support our veterans. It has been my privilege to work with members of the United States Congress to nearly double the funding for those who have worn the uniform.”

His landing was not without incident however. 

As the Marine One helicopter carrying Bush landed on the flight deck, the wind from the rotors blew a Bell AH-1J Sea Cobra helicopter on display into another aircraft sitting next to it — and right by several reporters, photographers and camera crews awaiting his arrival. No one was hurt.

And the re-dedication did not exactly go off as planned either.  The champagne bottle to christen the ship failed to break as it was released by First Lady Laura Bush and Sally Hoover Casale, the granddaughter of the woman who christened the ship in 1943.

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Marine One lands on the Intrepid in New York)

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Sad that this got less play in the press than Obama’s remembrance.

The Bush family continues to jinx everything it touches! The INTERPID now suffers the “Curse of Camilla” thanks to Laura Bush.

Posted by Happy Democrat | Report as abusive

Happy Democrat forgets this was not a political event, but an event to honor all Vets (regardless of your political party). I was on the Intrepid the day before, very impressive, a must see stop in NYC. An added bonus, the active duty ship Bataan was next door and had tours of the ship. The person I was with had no military experience and was very impressed. I, with my 10 years military experience was even more impressed. The Intrepid and the Bataan are reminders of why we serve!

Posted by D Smith | Report as abusive

I don’t think anyone can blame anyone else for any war unless we’re in their shoes.

Going to war with Iraq was necessary and going out of it was very hard.

I support the US military not to mention their aircraft
and Pilots.