Apparently there was some really, really bad acid going around in Democratic circles towards the end of 1968. First, John Kerry talked about hearing a speech by President Nixon around Christmas of 1968. Then, former Texas Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes talked about how, while in office, he helped George W. Bush get into the Texas Air National Guard when Bush enlisted in May of 1968.
Only one minor problem with these two stories. Neither Nixon or Ben Barnes held those offices in 1968. Both were inaugurated in January of 1969.
Of course, Barnes was Speaker of the Texas House prior to becoming Lieutenant Governor, so he still might have used his influence on behalf of George W. Bush, but he clearly states that “I got a young man named George W. Bush into the National Guard when I was Lieutenant Governor in Texas…”
I guess this was another instance that was “seared… seared” into his memory.