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Former Starbucks CEO apologizes for claiming he spent 'more time' with the military than other 2020 presidential candidates
During a radio interview on Thursday, former CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz opened his mouth and quickly inserted his foot, claiming that he spent more time with the military than other 2020 presidential candidates.
It's a claim he walked back real friggin' fast.
The mistake occurred during an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt. Schultz, who is considering a 2020 run as an independent, was asked if he had enough familiarity with the military to serve as commander in chief, CBS News reported.
"Yes, I do," Schultz said. "I probably have spent more time — in the last decade, certainly — than anyone running for president, with the military. I've been to Okinawa. I've been to Kuwait. I've — with Marines, with the Army. I've been to the national training center in Mojave Desert."
Schultz apparently didn't realize that two military veterans are considering running in the next election: Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), who are both military veterans.
Buttigieg deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve in 2013, Stars and Stripes reported. Gabbard served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, as well as Kuwait from 2008 to 2009. And Buttigieg, for his part, wasn't going to let this slide:
After Buttigieg pointed out Schultz's gaffe on Twitter, the former coffee exec walked his comments back in a pair of tweets:
Noting your affiliation with the military, as a way to lend a bit of gravitas to whatever it is you're doing, is nothing new. There are honestly too many damn examples to pull from, whether it's the president of the United States talking about his relationship with "his generals" or notable journalists embellishing their war-time coverage or that random guy at a bar who finds a way to spin his almost-enlistment story into an epic tale of almost-daring.
Saying you've spent time with the troops is the new form of name-dropping, and not just because being around the military is cool or sexy. More importantly, people will automatically assume a whole bunch of things about the content of your character, which may be why some veterans seeking office feature their past service so prominently (though there are likely many cases where that's due to well-placed pride.)
Unfortunately, the result is this feedback loop of half-assed one-upsmanship, and subsequent (and equally half-assed) outrage. Just consider Buttigieg's call out to Schultz: Namedropping a Green Beans coffee shop, as if to say, "you don't know, man. You weren't there..."
As Starbucks CEO, Schultz had a demonstrated track record of hiring veterans; in November, the company announced it had hired some 21,000 vets since promising in 2013 to hire 10,000 over five years. He should focus on that rather than leaning on second-hand swagger he picked up during a base visit. Those who see through the veneer of plastic patriotism will probably thank him for it.
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Trump, who has met Kim three times since 2018 over ending the North's missile and nuclear programs, addressed Kim directly, referring to the one-party state's ruler as "Mr. Chairman".
In his tweet, Trump told Kim, "You should act quickly, get the deal done," and hinted at a further meeting, signing off "See you soon!"
It is impossible to tune out news about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump now that the hearings have become public. And this means that cable news networks and Congress are happier than pigs in manure: this story will dominate the news for the foreseeable future unless Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt get back together.
But the wall-to-wall coverage of impeachment mania has also created a news desert. To those of you who would rather emigrate to North Korea than watch one more lawmaker grandstand for the cameras, I humbly offer you an oasis of news that has absolutely nothing to do with Washington intrigue.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday.
A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.
Nine years after losing both legs in Afghanistan, he's found purpose in family, friends and inspiring others
There's a joke that Joey Jones likes to use when he feels the need to ease the tension in a room or in his own head.
To calm himself down, he uses it to remind himself of the obstacles he's had to overcome. When he faces challenges today — big or small — it brings him back to a time when the stakes were higher.
Jones will feel out a room before using the line. For nearly a decade, Jones, 33, has told his story to thousands of people, given motivational speeches to NFL teams and acted alongside a three-time Academy Award-winning actor.
On Tuesday afternoon, he stood at the front of a classroom at his alma mater, Southeast Whitfield High School in Georgia. The room was crowded with about 30 honor students.
It took about 20 minutes, but Jones started to get more comfortable as the room warmed up to him. A student asked about how he deals with post-traumatic stress disorder.
"I believe in post-traumatic growth," Jones said. "That means you go through tough and difficult situations and on the back end through recovery, you learn strength."
It didn't take long for a central theme to emerge at the funeral of U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Livermore, an event attended by hundreds of area residents Friday at Union Cemetery in Bakersfield.
It's a theme that stems from a widespread local belief that the men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces are held in particularly high esteem here in the southern valley.
"In Bakersfield and Kern County, we celebrate our veterans like no place else on Earth," Bakersfield Chief of Police Lyle Martin told the gathering of mourners.