SECDEF visits Operation Thank You

LCDR Scott “Smash” Koenig got a surprise visit yesterday at “Operation Thank You.”

I won’t give away the story but, as Scott notes in his e-mail, “His name rhymes with ‘Ronald Mumsfeld.'”

WITHOUT WARNING, a black SUV rounded the corner from Orange Ave. on to 4th St., slowing almost to a stop in front of our position. The rear window came down, and an elderly gentleman with gray hair, glasses, and a mischievious grin stuck his head out the window, smiled, and waved.

“Thank you!” he said to the startled group of Protest Warriors, before driving off towards San Diego.

A moment of stunned silence passed.

“Was that…â€

“It was!â€

“That was AWESOME!â€

It was Donald Rumsfeld, in the flesh.

Of course, calling him “elderly” is no way to encourage a return visit. The man’s got more energy than most 21-year-olds.

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  1. Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    From last month:

    Rumsfeld: And I bet General Vines right down in the front row and I’m going to haul him up here if you ask me any tough ones because I’ve had a long day and I’m an old man.