And what exactly did Bush say that would anyone to believe that he was “tarring” anti-war protesters as “isolationists?” Nothing, as far as I can tell from the article itself.
Here’s everything Bush is quoted as saying in the article:
The president, noting that he had already met with her last year after her son Casey was killed, said: “I appreciate her right to protest. I understand her anguish.”
“She expressed her opinion. I disagree with it. I think immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake. I think those who advocate immediate withdrawal from not only Iraq, but the Middle East, are advocating a policy that would weaken the United States,” said Bush.
“I’ve met with a lot of families. She doesn’t represent the view of a lot of families I have met with. And I’ll continue to meet with families,” Bush added.
I see no “tarring” there, do you? Nor do I see any mention of “isolationists.”
And just so that we can all be certain that the President didn’t “tar” anybody in his comments not quoted in the article, here’s a full transcript of what was said during the press conference.
The premise of this article is pretty much an outright lie on the part of AFP. This is yellow journalism at its worst.
By Rob Port of Say Anything.