Monday, April 05, 2004

Grace under pressure

THE FEDERALIST: "OPINION IN BRIEF

'But what may become the enduring exemplar of the {Senator} Kerry style was his spontaneous expletive on the ski slopes when his Secret Service guard bumped into him by accident (while guarding him): 'I don't fall down. The S.O.B. knocked me over.' To instinctively say that about the man who is sworn to put himself between Mr. Kerry and a bullet, paints a lasting and contemptible character portrait. Contrast that with what Ronald Reagan said shortly after he was shot: 'Honey, I forgot to duck.' It was at that moment that 60 percent of the American public fell permanently in love with the Gipper. As Ernest Hemmingway put it in another time, that is grace under pressure -- and Mr. Kerry doesn't have it.'
--Tony Blankley"

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