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Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Kerry Gestures Obscenely Towards Vietnam Veteran At Vietnam Memorial While School Children Watch

Wow. This is the kind of stuff that is so salacious you’d hardly believe it could be true but here it is:
Democratic senator - and certain presidential nominee - John F. Kerry gave the middle finger to a Vietnam veteran at the Vietnam Memorial Wall on Memorial Day morning...

Ted Sampley, a former Green Beret who served two full tours in Vietnam, spotted Kerry and his Secret Service detail at about 9:00 a.m. Monday morning at the Wall. Sampley walked up to Kerry, extended his hand and said, "Senator, I am Ted Sampley, the head of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, and I am here to escort you away from the Wall because you do not belong here."

At that point a Secret Service officer told Sampley to back away from Kerry. Sampley moved about 6 feet away and opened his jacket to reveal a HANOI JOHN T-shirt.
Kerry then began talking to a group of schoolchildren. Sampley then showed the T-shirt to the children and said, "Kerry does not belong at the Wall because he betrayed the brave soldiers who fought in Vietnam."

Just then Kerry - in front of the school children, other visitors and Secret Service agents - brazenly 'flashed the bird' at Sampley and then yelled out to everyone, "Sampley is a felon!"
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I am shocked. A man who served approximately 4 months in Vietnam before using a loophole to come home early, only to declare himself a war criminal and to make scurrilous accusations about the men who were brave enough to stick around and fight (instead of self-inflicting minor wounds and making up stories about enemy fire to get purple hearts and head home early), has the audacity to not only gesture obscenely at a fellow veteran – one who served two full terms, at the Vietnam War Memorial – said to be sacred ground by true veterans of the war, but also to do this in front of a group of school children before finally attacking the man’s character! Amazing.

Hat tip to Danette and Russ (Russ wanted to return the salute, so FJK)

Update: Link Fixed. Thanks SB!

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