Apologize all you want, asshat! I don't accept.
West Virginia Senator Apologizes for Comments on McCain
By KATE PHILLIPS
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV personally apologized to Senator John McCain of Arizona on Tuesday after remarking in an interview that Mr. McCain’s years as a Navy fighter pilot would not have given him an understanding of everyday issues faced by Americans.
In an interview in his home state, West Virginia, on Monday, Mr. Rockefeller, a Democrat, told The Charleston Gazette that Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, could not relate to the everyday concerns of people on issues like health care.
According to the article, Mr. Rockefeller said: “McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit. What happened when they get to the ground? He doesn’t know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues.”
On Tuesday, the McCain campaign demanded an apology, not just from Senator Rockefeller, but also from Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, because he has received the West Virginian’s endorsement.
“I have deep respect for John McCain’s honorable and noble service to our country,” Mr. Rockefeller said in a statement. “I made an inaccurate and wrong analogy and I have extended my sincere apology to him. While we differ a great deal on policy issues, I profoundly respect and appreciate his dedication to our country, and I regret my very poor choice of words.”
Later in the day, Mr. Rockefeller’s office issued an updated statement, saying Mr. McCain had graciously accepted the apology and the two had sat together privately during a vote in the Senate in the afternoon.
The Obama campaign also issued a statement: “Senator Obama has a deep respect for Senator McCain’s service to this country and he does not agree with what Senator Rockefeller said.”
In the Gazette article, Mr. Rockefeller explained his decision to endorse Mr. Obama, praising his communication skills while taking swipes at previous nominees.
In the past, Mr. Rockefeller said, the Democratic Party “nominated people like Al Gore and John Kerry who knew all the answers to everything and who could not relate to regular people. That is the main reason a lot of people voted for Bush. People said, ‘I could have a beer with this guy.’ ”
“Obama is simply unflappable. He takes questions carefully and makes you a believer,” he said, adding that his whole family is united behind Mr. Obama, unlike any candidate before.
According to a partial transcript of the interview provided by Mr. Rockefeller’s office, Mr. Rockefeller was asked about reports of Mr. McCain’s temper.
Mr. Rockefeller said they had been on the Commerce Committee together for 16 years. “He does have a temper,” he said. “Out on the trail, everything’s sort of been monotone.”
“I don’t think that will survive the general election,” he added.
Could this guy be any stupider?
Nice apology! Somehow he manages to take a swipe at the rest of us. "...nominated people like Al Gore and John Kerry who knew all the answers to everything and who could not relate to regular people. That is the main reason a lot of people voted for Bush. People said, ‘I could have a beer with this guy.’ ”
So Rockefeller thinks Bush supporters were just too stupid to vote for the better candidates? Typical limousine liberal. "Oh lovey! Those commoners are ruining everything!"
And of course this is supposed to be an apology, but he has to take another shot at McCain and talk about his temper.
Also, never mind the fact that he is unfairly attacking McCain's integrity......he doesn't even know what he is talking about - there were no laser guided missiles when John McCain was flying in Vietnam and no A-4 ever bombed from more than 14,000 and most much lower. Perhaps it's too much to ask an ignorant Democrat who never served in the military.
I don't believe everyone needs to serve in the military, but if you didn't, you should think twice before you talk smack.