Jack, I think you misunderstand me here, to borrow from the bard
"I come to question Bush, not to praise him".
The pres. has been posing as a "war hero" at every opportunity. Landing on the carrier deck in full flight gear with all the GI regalia with his name on it including the jet. I don't recall any other pres. appearing before the military in quite that way ever before.
But he has never called himself a war hero, only a wartime president. That and a dollar will get you a cheap cup of coffee and should have noting to do with his re-election which is what he is using it for. I was just pointing out all of the democrats that were "war presidents" who are still villified just for being democrats. why should it be positive for one side and negative for the other. Sorry for the drift.