I just finished watching Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry.
It’s a good flick. I learned about Kerry I didn’t know.
I find myself wondering what a parallel film about George W. covering a similar period of time would be like. It’s hard to imagine that W had gone through nearly as much by his late 20s. Some people dismiss Kerry’s vietnam service as an political ploy, but he took real risks, he put his life on the line for something he believed in and he took responsibility for the lives of a boatfull of men. When he came back, he risked the political career he’d aspired to by opposing the war. Again, his critics deride him as an opportunist, but I fail to see any dishonor in launching a political career by strongly supporting a cause you take to heart.
What had W done at that point, how had he taken responsibility for the lives of his fellow man, what risks did he take, besides driving under the influence?