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Ignoring Ali & history

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Submitted by D. Waite (United States), Nov 29, 2005 at 23:44

You are ...unaware of Muhammad Ali's history and mannerisims. Ali often did the "crazy twirl" when speaking with Howard Cosell or other journalists. It was part of his "act" and his interaction with them. There's no shortage of video of this gesture. The shame is having a President who is too ignorant, ungraceful and socially inept to know how to handle any situation. Even with advanced Parkinsons, Ali can run mental circles around our dim bulb President. ... My father knew Ali when he was Cassius Clay, a teen who trained by running around Churchill Downs racetrack. My dad was a WWII veteran (Pacific) who was one of the first shipped overseas and one of the last to come back.

Dad was a brave American and he always respected Ali, even when Ali voiced his objections to serving in Vietnam. He would despise the "swift boating" of veterans and the re-introduction of "McArthyism". What is despicable, and will be judged so by historians, is the previous Medal ceremony where GW gave the prestigious medal to the likes of George Tenet, Paul Bremmer and Colin Powell. The men who gave us America's worst intelligence failure, the biggest blunder in post-war Iraq, and the biggest lie ever presented to the UN.
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