Sunday, August 29, 2004

An UPDATE on the official who said he was ashamed to help Bush get into the Air National Guard.

Here's an email from a list I subscribe to:
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 18:54:06 -0400
From: "Tamsey"
Subject: Barnes says he's ashamed for getting Bush into Texas Guard (WHOOPS! Bush entered the Guard a year BEFORE Barnes was elected into office)

Per Associated Press, "I got a young man named George W. Bush into the National Guard when I was lieutenant governor of Texas," - former Democrat TX Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes

Just one TEENY problem with Barnes' claim for the Kerry campaign..... George Bush joined the Texas Air National Guard in May, 1968 and Barnes was not elected Lt. Governor until 1969. Bush's enlistment in 1968 per MSNBC and here is Barnes' bio (Barnes is coincidentally a long-time Dem activist and one of Kerry's top fund-raisers)

And per CNN there were waiting lists for some positions in the TANG, but no waiting list for F-102 pilots, only "a handful of applicants willing and qualified" for those slots...

"...while Bush's unit in Texas had a waiting list for many spots, he was accepted because he was one of a handful of applicants willing and qualified to spend more than a year in active training flying F-102 jets."

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