TITLE

The Solitary Soldier

AUTHOR(S)
Thomas, Evan
PUB. DATE
August 2004
SOURCE
Newsweek (Pacific Edition);8/2/2004 (Pacific Edition), Vol. 144 Issue 5, p16
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Profiles Senator John Kerry, the democratic presidential candidate for the United States presidential election in 2004. John Kerry has never fit in easily. When NEWSWEEK asked about 30 of his 90-odd classmates at St. Paul's School to name his friends, they were stumped. Most confessed, after suggesting several different names, that they weren't quite sure whom Kerry hung out with. At Yale, Kerry always seemed to be on the move, going to meetings, changing clothes, never in one place long enough to really reveal himself. In the tribal world of Massachusetts pols, Kerry was routinely called a "preppy stiff" and "Live Shot" (for hogging the cameras). In the clubby Senate cloakroom, Kerry made an easy target. Late one Friday in 2002, as the senators were getting ready to leave town, several colleagues began razzing Kerry about his country-squire clothes, his pressed corduroys and tweed jacket. Senator Joe Biden of Delaware appeared wearing the same weekend outfit. "Why me?" protested Kerry. "Look at Biden! He's dressed the same way I am." "Yes, but your clothes cost four times as much," one of his tormentors remarked. About the only group that seems to accept Kerry is the fraternity of men who have been shot at in war, and even a few of them had trouble accepting his transformation into an antiwar leader. In Vietnam, Kerry's Swift Boat crew lived through a terrifying demonstration of Kerry's zest for controlled danger. Instead of fleeing during an ambush, Kerry decided to turn his boat and head straight into the guns. At first his men were appalled, several crew members related to NEWSWEEK, but over time they realized that Kerry's boldness was actually clever, that it gave the enemy less to shoot at while his boat was able to close in for the kill. Kerry's coolness under fire was remarkable. It is --hard to forget the image of his turning his boat around and reaching over the bow to pull--with a wounded arm--a man from the water while the bullets splattered around them.
ACCESSION #
14394652

 

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