Wednesday, March 21, 2007

GWB: Bring 'em on...!

UPDATE: From the Daily Show's John Oliver:
It's a major concession from the president's initial offer to Congress, which was that they go fuck themselves.
From TPM:

Bush telling Congress to stick it on the US Attorney Purge ...

TBogg gives us his review:
GOV. GEORGE W. BUSH (R-TX), PRESIDENT-ELECT: I told all four that there were going to be some times where we don't agree with each other. But that's OK. If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.
Just got done watching President Petulant Pissypants throw a snit on national TV where he did a marvelous job of hitting his marks: "reasonable proposal" "partisan" "show trials" and "Doing this for generations of President yet unborn". The obvious point of contention is this:
Bush said his White House counsel, Fred Fielding, told lawmakers they could interview presidential counselor Karl Rove, former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and their deputies — but only on the president's terms: in private, "without the need for an oath" and without a transcript.

The president cast the offer as virtually unprecedented and a reasonable way for Congress to get all the information it needs about the matter.

"If the Democrats truly do want to move forward and find the right information, they ought to accept what I proposed," Bush said. "If scoring political points is the desire, then the rejection of this reasonable proposal will really be evident for the American people to see."
No oath, no transcript. Just a little chat over Zimas and everything will be right as rain.

Jesus on Jeopardy, not even Doug Feith is that stupid.

One thing that is fascinating about George Bush is how little he has grown in office. No, that's not right. It's not that he hasn't grown, he has gotten smaller; less Presidential, more sad little man watching his paper boat circle the drain. After six years of playing The Decider he should at least have a thin candy shell of gravitas as opposed to coming across like one of those guys on Peoples Court who not only has an unshakable belief that people won't see through his bullshit, but that no one will notice his artful comb-over either.

As bad a president as George W. Bush has been (and lets face it, not only is he the worst ever, he's actively lobbying to be considered worse than at least the next five, possibly six presidents, and that includes President Patrick McHenry [warning: video] who will come to power following the Great Munchkin Uprising of 2021. You don't want to know...) he is a worse person and it shows whenever he is under pressure; he melts down into a greasy little puddle of glares and smirks and incipient panic. But tonight was special. Tonights performance lays to rest any notion other than the fact that he's not a very bright man who has nothing but contempt for a world that refuses to dumb down for him.
Atrios says of Reid's statement:
On Abu G and the gang:
After telling a bunch of different stories about why they fired the U.S. Attorneys, the Bush Administration is not entitled to the benefit of the doubt. Congress and the American people deserve a straight answer. If Karl Rove plans to tell the truth, he has nothing to fear from being under oath like any other witness. --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
This is correct. The only reason to refuse to be under oath or even have a transcript is because you plan to lie and you want to do it with impunity.

Any executive privilege claims can only theoretically potentially limit the scope of questioning, not prevent them from testifying at all. Working for the president doesn't give you magic immunity from everything.


Blogger liberal journal man said...

Best line: "[H]e is a worse person and it shows whenever he is under pressure; he melts down into a greasy little puddle of glares and smirks and incipient panic."

Shrub: A pathetic little man.

11:28 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

I kinda liked: "sad little man watching his paper boat circle the drain". Future generations will marvel that this man became President and it will incomprehensible to them if he isn't impeached.

11:47 PM  

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