1972 Email Casts Doubt on Bush Guard Service

Once again, a blogger is at the forefront of breaking news coverage:

(2004-09-09) — CBS reporter Dan Rather today released the text of a recently discovered email from then-Lt. George W. Bush’s Air National Guard commanding officer which casts more doubt upon the military service of the man who would become the 43rd President of the United States.

The revelation of the email comes just hours after questions were raised about the authenticity of typewritten memos from the same officer, shown yesterday by Mr. Rather on 60 Minutes.

According to the previously unseen email message sent in May 1972 by squadron commander Jerry Killian, Lt. Bush phoned Col. Killian because “his internet connection was on the fritz and he couldn’t IM me.”

Lt. Bush apparently wanted to talk about “how he can get out of coming to drill from now through November.”

According to Col. Killian’s email, the young Bush wanted to go to Alabama to work as webmaster for a Republican candidate’s website.

Mr. Rather said the authenticity of the 32-year-old email has been confirmed by several Nigerian officials who specialize in electronic funds transfer by email.

Developing. . .

FILED UNDER: 2004 Election, Humor, Media, , , ,
James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Rodney Dill says:

    Maybe they should not just check the 1972 email records but the 1972 cell phone call records as well. (snicker snicker)

  2. Sam says:

    However, this is more credible than the memos because email actually existed in 1972, though mostly between users of a single tiemeshared computer rather than between users on different networked computers. (According to various online histories, the first Internet (technically ARPAnet) email program was developed in 1971.)