November 8, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
In his press conference Bush just acknowledged lying to a group of conservative reporters last week, to their face, about Rumsfeld. Wow. He said something along the lines of, "I said that because I wanted you to think so-and-so" and that lying ""and it was the only way I could get you onto another topic." He made them look like fools and patsies in front of the press corps. I wonder if that will have repercussions?
Update - So another reporter asked him to clarify, and he is saying it (lying) was the right decision to make because injecting it (that there would be a change) into the media would harm the morale of the troops...
And he's talking about reporters trying to trick him and get him to say things... Wow.
Update - OK, the transcript,
You and Hunt and Keil came into the Oval Office and asked me to question one week before the campaign. Basically, are you going to do something about Rumsfeld and the Vice President? The reason why is I did not want to make a major decision in the final days of the campaign. The only way to answer that question, and get it on to another question, was to give you that answer. The truth of the matter is as well, that is one reason I gave the answer. The other reason why is I had not had a chance to visit with Bob Gates yet. I had not had my final conversation with Don Rumsfeld yet at that point. I had been talking with Don Rumsfeld over a period of time about fresh perspectives. He likes to call it fresh eyes.
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My guess is that saying Rummy would stay was as important as Rushbo stepping on his dick in getting Conservatives to vote for a Dem.
I watched that too, and noticed that little, uh, dodge. Bush is not a happy man today. My hunch is he's throwing Rumsfeld to the wolves to make it look as though he's gonna, uh, "cooperate." I think he has two choices: go for gridlock hoping it will make the Democrats look bad, which of course could backfire on him, or, uh, cooperate. Stop the partisan bickering and divisiveness, so valuable to the Repugs until now, and get something done. Bush is no statesman so I'm hardly counting on that happening.
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