Via Chester over at The Vanity Press, we learn that President Chimpy McChimpster is going to get his very own Purple Heart because ... oh, hell, let's just go to the transcript, shall we?
Thomas said he and his wife came up with the unprecedented idea to present the president with the Purple Heart over breakfast one morning a few months ago as they discussed the verbal attacks, both foreign and domestic, the commander in chief has withstood during his time in office.
"We feel like emotional wounds and scars are as hard to carry as physical wounds," Thomas said.
I think I see Thomas' point. I mean, you have your emotional scars:
And then there's the other kind:
Yes, I can see the striking similarity. Well, except for the missing arms thing. That part's different.
IN ALL FAIRNESS, there's a lot less to this story than initially meets the eye.
When I first read it, I thought, "How the fuck can a veteran award a Purple Heart to Chimpy McChimpster?" But that's not what's happening. If you read the actual article, all that's happening is that vet Bill Thomas, who has three Purple Hearts, is giving one of them to President George W. McRetard. That's all, nothing more. And since they're Thomas' Purple Hearts, he's welcome to do whatever the hell he wants with them. Big whoop.
What is asinine is Bush's reported reaction:
"He said he didn't feel like he had earned it," Thomas said, noting the president looked thinner in person than on television.
Well, duh. But that's not really an issue here, is it? Bush certainly hasn't earned being awarded a Purple Heart but, again, that's not what's happening. Having someone else give him one is equivalent to an Olympic gold medalist giving his medal to his mother. No one's going to be dumb enough to argue that she didn't earn it, fer Chrissake, are they? But this utterly meaningless ceremony gives Bush the chance to do his self-deprecating "Aw, shucks, I'm not worthy" routine. Didn't "earn" it, George? Well, no, but in this context, what the hell does it matter? It's not official so nobody gives a fuck.
In short, all you have to this story is a veteran who's so stupid, he doesn't understand how badly Bush has treated the military in general, plus a chickenhawk president who makes a big deal about downplaying that he didn't "earn" a Purple Heart when that wasn't even an issue.
Big deal. Big fucking deal.