Garrison Keillor dumps on President Bush and Rolling Thunder.
Last weekend the liberal radio host was inconvenienced in Washington DC while the pro-military bikers roared by during their annual ride to support US troops.
Power Line Forum discussed this latest Keillor Bush-bash today.
If anyone cared about the war dead, they could go read David Halberstam’s The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War or Stephen Ambrose’s Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944 to May 7, 1945 or any of a hundred other books, and they would get a vision of what it was like to face death for your country, but the bikers riding in formation are more interested in being seen than in learning anything. They are grown men playing soldier, making a great hullaballoo without exposing themselves to danger, other than getting drunk and falling off a bike.
No wonder the Current Occupant welcomed them with open arms at the White House, put on a black leather vest, and gave a manly speech about how he’d just “choppered in” and saw the horde “cranking up their machines” and he thanked them for being so patriotic. They are his kind of guys, full of bluster, giving off noxious fumes, and when they leave town, nobody misses them.
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The Rolling Thunder bikers stopped to see President Bush while they were in the nation’s capital:
This year there were 350,000 of the patriotic riders who rode to DC for their annual rally.