Monday, May 26, 2008

Bush Lighten's the Mood at Arlington

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Bush and his wife, Laura, traveled from the White House across the Potomac River to the rolling hillsides of Arlington National Cemetery, where he first placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then went to an amphitheater to speak breezily of those "who voluntarily put on the uniform", using the exact same language as Cheney did earlier this year.

While at the Tomb of the Unknowns, he cracked a smile, and said "Don Rumsfeld told me that there are known unknown soldiers. There are also unknown unknown soldiers. Here at Arlington, we're dealing with known unknown soldiers. If only all of life were that simple."

The president then walked over to the graveyard. Turning towards the assembled crowd Bush said, "The Iraq War was waged to find weapons of mass destruction that Chalabi assured us existed. They have got to be somewhere." He walked behind the tombstone of Keith Shepard, killed in an IED attack in 2005, and remarked, "Nope, no weapons over here!" Bush then moved over to the tombstone of Adam Harris, also killed in Iraq, and joked, "Maybe under here?"

There were murmurs from the crowd and Bush, sensing that they were unamused, scowled and said, "Look I've given up golf since I hurt my knee, so I've sacrificed for this war. And anyway, Dick Cheney has said that I carry the biggest burden, so if I can joke about it, you can too."


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