Sen. John Kerry apologized for "a botched joke" about President Bush's Iraq policies that led Bush and fellow Republicans to accuse him of insulting U.S. troops.
At issue is Kerry's speech to a group of California students on Monday, where he said people who don't study hard and do their homework would likely "get stuck in Iraq." Kerry said he mangled the delivery of a line aimed at Bush - according to aides, language which was originally written to say "you end up getting us stuck in a war in Iraq."
Belated and begruding apology! One question tough, the students who laughed at his joke couldn't have known it was a badly delivered joke. They believed the John Kerry's "joke" as it was delivered. Not sure, what reaction John Kerry had when he heard the laughter. He could have corrected himself and admonished the students for laughing at the expense of the soldiers.
Kerry then told the students that if they were able to navigate the education system, they could get comfortable jobs - "If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq," he said to a mixture of laughter and gasps.