Thursday, May 01, 2008

Hallmark Should Have A Card

Oh. Hello. Didn't see you come in. We're just finishing the decorations for Mission Accomplished Day. This is a very special day you know and we here in the marbled halls of IM Central want everything to be just right. There. What do you think?

Wonder how the war's biggest fan, John '100 years' McCain is celebrating the holiday.

Republican John McCain said President Bush should not be held responsible for the much-criticized "Mission Accomplished" banner five years ago. "Look, you know Bush didn't have anything to do with that banner. All the words were spelled right."

"So all I can tell you was that I was the strongest advocate, or one of the strongest advocates, for changing to adopt the surge," McCain told reporters. "And I think that history will judge me by the fact that I thought it was wrong."

When asked to explain what he had just said McCain responded that it wasn't necessary for him to make sense as people who were voting for him "probably didn't have a real good grasp of what was going on anyway."

After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the "Mission Accomplished" phrase referred to the carrier's crew completing its 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq. "It's an old Navy tradition," said a White House spokesperson. "Goes back to the French and Indian war or something."

A spokesperson for the Navy later disputed the White House account saying the ship had been experiencing trouble with its plumbing and the banner had meant to inform the crew repairs were complete and they could use the toilets on board again.

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