Hey, maybe he didn't mean to belittle the presidency when he "explained" his position by stating that if you work hard, you can "do well", but if not you could get stuck in a job like President of the United States like George Bush.
But it is clear that he DID mean to attack Senator John McCain, a Vietnam Veteran, a POW survivor, and an honorable man, when he issued THIS PRESS RELEASE:
Washington – Senator John Kerry issued the following statement in response to White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, assorted right wing nut-jobs, and right wing talk show hosts desperately distorting Kerry’s comments about President Bush to divert attention from their disastrous record:
“If anyone thinks a veteran would criticize the more than 140,000 heroes serving in Iraq and not the president who got us stuck there, they're crazy. This is the classic G.O.P. playbook. I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did.
And who are the "assorted right wing nut-jobs" who are complaining about Kerry's statement? None other than Senator John McCain:
Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country's call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.
They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn't live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.
James Webb says he admires John McCain (of course, he used to hate John Kerry and now he takes Kerry's money and puts his arm around him at Campaign Stops). So, will Webb denounce Kerry's attack on Decorated War Hero John McCain?
Probably not. He'll defend Kerry's lame excuses, just as he asserts that Thai culture includes "not sexual" acts between fathers and 4-year-old sons.