While spending a weekend at the $9 million estate owned by his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Kerry was driving his security detail crazy. Instead of sending an aide or assistant into town for what amounted to two bicycle tire tubes, Kerry insisted on going himself, requiring the detail to follow. But Kerry, ever thinking of the little guy, insisted that the detail not use lights or sirens to clear traffic. The end result was that the detail had to work twice as hard to clear the way for Kerry and his $10 errand.
Further, Kerry decided to hit the beach and the water, but didn’t want the detail too close behind. Half the detail was forced to sit on the beach with binoculars while Kerry went out on the water in his wife’s 31-foot cruiser. In the end, the wind died down, so Kerry came back in. Yet another pointless jaunt to waste other peoples’ time.
You’ll recall that on private trips home to Massachusetts, Kerry has forced the Secret Service to do everything from book shopping to bicycle pickups. “He’s not as bad as President Clinton, but some of these guys aren’t happy about the way the family treats them,” says a uniformed Secret Service officer. “There is a lot of talk that the Kerry family just treats these folks like more hired help.”p> DIRTY MONEY br> So much attention is being focused on the record-setting pace of the Kerry campaign’s fundraising, that the campaign is now trying to see if the $100 million it has raised in the past three months is all legal. /p>
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Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?