But Kerry ignored the suggestions and insisted that his people be in full campaign mode for his appearance, which was the first time he shared the limelight with the President George Bush in such a public setting.
Kerry showed up with a larger retinue of staffers and hangers on than the president did, including several World War II veterans, one of whom served in the famous Easy Company of the 101st Airborne, who parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day and who were immortalized in historian Stephen Ambrose’s book, Band of Brothers. Kerry has since appropriated the nickname for his own small group of comrades from the Vietnam war.
“It was unseemly,” says a major fundraiser for the memorial who was present on the dais with the president, his father, and other dignitaries. “The president and the White House went out of their way to make sure that the people this day was intended for didn’t lose the spotlight. Then Kerry shows up with his film cameras and veterans groups and puts people out. It just didn’t play well, as far as I’m concerned.”
Kerry’s behavior of late has been at the very least annoying some of his more vocal supporters. Two weeks ago, Sen. Edward Kennedy was overheard openly mocking Kerry for his highhanded manner in dealing with the senior senator from Massachusetts. Kennedy was said to be angered by Kerry’s micromanaging of his scheduled appearances on behalf of the candidate. He was also embarrassed by Kerry’s very public consideration of delaying the acceptance of the party nomination.p> BOOKED br> Former president Bill Clinton apparently plans on running up quite a tab on his upcoming junket in Chicago to promote his memoir due out later this month. Clinton will make the keynote address at the Book Expo convention there, speaking before thousands of independent booksellers, librarians, and publishing industry executives.
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H/T to National Review Online