May 4, 2004: Bush Uses Humor to Soften Criticism (AP)

  • As the laughter subsided, Bush drove home his broader point that Kerry is not suited for the presidency at a time of war. “Whoever these mystery men are, they’re not going to be deciding this election,” he said. “The American people will decide this election.”
  • “Clearly, Bush isn’t very good at telling jokes,” said Kerry spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter. “And if only he had taken the real issues facing the American people more seriously, maybe the nation wouldn’t be struggling at home and abroad as much as it is today.”