Ed Driscoll

Compare And Contrast

Senator Kerry, on March 19th, talking about the snowboarding collision he had with a Secret Service agent assigned to protect him while he was having a photo op in Idaho’s Sawtooth National Recreation Area:

“I don’t fall down. The son of a bitch knocked me over!”

President Bush, yesterday:

SANTIAGO, Chile Nov 20, 2004: President Bush stepped into the middle of a confrontation and pulled his lead Secret Service agent away from Chilean security officials who barred his bodyguards from entering an elegant dinner for 21 world leaders Saturday night.

Several Chilean and American agents got into a pushing and shoving match outside the cultural center where the dinner was held. Bush noticed the fracas after posing for pictures on a red carpet with the summit host, Chilean President Ricardo Lagos and his wife and first lady Laura Bush.

Abandoning the other three, Bush walked over to the agents, reached through the dispute and pulled his agent from the scrum.

The president, looking irritated, walked away with the agent. The incident was shown on APEC television.

“Chilean security tried to stop the president’s Secret Service from accompanying him,” said White House deputy press secretary Claire Buchan. “He told them they were with him and the issue was resolved.”

To paraphase the InstaPundit, you can mess with Massachusetts, but don’t mess with Texas.