Apparently Blumie has been stretching things a little bit about his "vietnam service"...
Question: do educational and occupational deferments and non-combat Reserve-work add-up to 'service'?
"…a legend in his own mind…". Just like john kerry.But what is striking about Mr. Blumenthal’s record is the contrast between the many steps he took that allowed him to avoid Vietnam, and the misleading way he often speaks about that period of his life now, especially when he is speaking at veterans’ ceremonies or other patriotic events.
Sometimes his remarks have been plainly untrue, as in his speech to the group in Norwalk. At other times, he has used more ambiguous language, but the impression left on audiences can be similar.
In an interview on Monday, the attorney general said that he had misspoken about his service during the Norwalk event and might have misspoken on other occasions.“My intention has always been to be completely clear and accurate and straightforward, out of respect to the veterans who served in Vietnam,” he said.
But an examination of his remarks at the ceremonies shows that he does not volunteer that his service never took him overseas. And he describes the hostile reaction directed at veterans coming back from Vietnam, intimating that he was among them.
In 2003, he addressed a rally in Bridgeport, where about 100 military families gathered to express support for American troops overseas.“When we returned, we saw nothing like this,” Mr. Blumenthal said.“Let us do better by this generation of men and women.”
At a 2008 ceremony in front of the Veterans War Memorial Building in Shelton, he praised the audience for paying tribute to troops fighting abroad, noting that America had not always done so.
“I served during the Vietnam era,” he said.“I remember the taunts, the insults, sometimes even physical abuse.”
Oh christ, yes - don't EVER stand between this guy and a TV camera or microphone! You wouldn't survive.He is also savvy about the news media and attentive to how he is portrayed in the press.