Palin’s Interview Gives McCain Flashbacks, Attacks TV Set.

Palin said “Charley” so many times during her interview with Charles Gibson that John McCain had to be wrestled to the ground by Secret Service Agents.

 

“Charley” is one of the nicknames U.S. servicemen gave to the Vietcong (“VC”) during the Vietnam War. “VC” translates to “Victor Charlie” when using the phonetic alphabet, the system used to ensure intelligibility of voice signals over radio links, and that’s where the term “Charlie” for the Vietcong came from.

 

In her interview with Charles Gibson, Palin spoke the word “Charlie” over seventy-five times, often in a severely annoying tone, and the effect on John McCain climaxed when Palin responded to Gibson’s High School level question regarding the ‘Bush Doctrine’ by asking Gibson the question, “In what respect, Charlie?”

 

“It was as if John was suddenly back in Vietnam, being interrogated by the VC,” one Secret Service Agent said on condition of anonymity, “he was sweating and grinding his teeth. Suddenly, he leaped at the TV with a garrote he made out of dental floss. He kicked the TV over, straddled it and tried to strangle Gibson’s image before we could wrestle him away. All the time he kept yelling, “No, Joe-No-Die, you die, Charley!”

 

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