Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry hammered President Bush today for making a joke about the lack of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction at a media correspondents’ dinner in Washington, D.C. last night
During Bush’s light-hearted presentation, which included several slides of him and White House staff, he said, “Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be somewhere,” while showing a photo of himself looking under furniture in the Oval Office.
Shortly thereafter another image is shown and Bush says, “Nope, no weapons over there. Maybe under here.”
“That’s supposed to be funny?” Kerry asked in a statement published on the Drudge Report.
“If George Bush thinks his deceptive rationale for going to war is a laughing matter, then he’s even more out of touch than we thought. Unfortunately for the president, this is not a joke.”
Continued the Massachusetts senator: “Five-hundred eighty-five American soldiers have been killed in Iraq in the last year; 3,354 have been wounded, and there’s no end in sight. … George Bush sold us on going to war with Iraq based on the threat of weapons of mass destruction. But we still haven’t found them, and now he thinks that’s funny?
“George Bush didn’t tell us the truth about the economy, about job loss, about the true cost of his deceptive prescription drug plan, or about the existence of weapons of mass destruction. There’s nothing funny about that.”
The statement also included a quote from Brad Owens, an Iraq war veteran and apparent Kerry supporter.
“George Bush insulted me as a veteran and as a friend to many still serving in Iraq,” Owens said. “This act lowers the dialogue about weapons of mass destruction. War is the single most serious event that a President or government can carry its people into. No weapons of mass destruction have been found and that is no joke – this is for real. This cheapens the sacrifice that American soldiers and their families are dealing with every single day.”