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Ian McColgin
02-28-2004, 08:25 AM
Published on Thursday, February 26, 2004 by Reuters

'Doonesbury' Offers $10,000 for Proof Bush Served

WASHINGTON - President Bush has an unlikely ally in his effort to show that he did his National Guard duty during the Vietnam War: the often political and frequently irreverent "Doonesbury" comic strip.

The 'Doonesbury' comic strip is offering $10,000 to anyone who can show President Bush served in the Alabama Air National Guard. Readers are referred to the Web site doonesbury.com, where a Witness Registration Form asks for online testimony. The site says the prize money is being underwritten by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. Bush is shown in his Texas Air National Guard uniform in this file photo from the 1968-73 period. (George Bush Presidential Library via Reuters)

The strip is offering $10,000 to anyone who can show Bush served in the Alabama Air National Guard.

"That's right -- we're offering $10,000 cash to anyone who can prove George W. Bush fulfilled his Guard duty in Alabama," Wednesday's strip said. "So if you served with Mr. Bush -- even if only in the officers' club -- we want to hear from you right now!"

Readers are referred to the Web site doonesbury.com, where a Witness Registration Form asks for online testimony. The site says the prize money is being underwritten by Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau. "Thanks to Bush's massive tax cuts for people who don't need them, GBT is flush."

The hitch is the winner will not actually receive the reward. Instead the Web site says the cash will be donated in the winner's name to the United Service Organization (USO), which entertains American troops.

The strip first offered the reward on Monday and already there are hundreds of responses, according to David Stanford, duty officer at the online Doonesbury Town Hall.

"We're only in day three and have already received witness forms from over 600 contestants, with more streaming in every hour," Stanford said in an e-mail response to questions.

"We'll be carefully processing all of them, but what's immediately striking is that so many who've plunged into the depths of their 1972 memories have surfaced with accounts that involve automobiles, alcohol, aliens, secret ops and Elvis," Stanford said.

The White House had no comment on the contest, but Christine Iverson of the Republican National Committee said laughingly, "It sounds like a stunt worthy of a comic strip."

Documents released earlier this month offered no new evidence to show that Bush actually turned up for National Guard duty in Alabama during the latter part of 1972, a period when Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe has accused him of being absent without leave.

Copyright 2004 Reuters Ltd

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Greg H
02-28-2004, 08:48 AM
:D

That'll bring them out of the wood work.

You would think SOMEBODY would remember having served with him .......... or served him... or under him

km gresham
02-28-2004, 08:57 AM
You're confusing your presidents, Greg. clinton was the one whose employees served him or served under him. ;)

Keith Wilson
02-28-2004, 09:20 AM
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Any takers? Here's the web site. (http://doonesbury.msn.com/strip/bush_guard.html)

http://images.ucomics.com/images/doonesbury/mark_10000.jpg

Greg H
02-28-2004, 09:23 AM
Have you seen me?
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