I did not have to take that helipcopter...Marine 1
So, not only did the White House backpedal like a Detroit Tigers' outfielder trying to chase down a fly ball after they misled the nation when they said the Lincoln was too far away for a helicopter but now acknowledge they were 39 miles and well within range of ANY helicopter. Now we learn that the carrier could've gone home a day early from their 10-month tour instead of being held up for entire day waiting for the president to tell us something we already know which he could've said from the Oval Office. And I don't buy what the Admiral in the article said, either. They knew the ship was coming back for weeks and could've planned for a quick return. I seem to recall a lot of Republicans back in the day bitching that Clinton was misusing government property during his reelection campaign and bitching that Gore was doing the same in 2000. I don't see anything wrong with reasonably questioning the use of taxpayer funds by a President up for reelection in what is for all intents and purposes a campaign commercial.