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We’re #1! March 3, 2006

Posted by ultor in politics.
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One area in which the Bush administration is truly the leader of the free world is in prompting people to come up with innovative new synonyms for lie. Today’s winner is the estimable Dan Froomkin at the Washington Post:

A newly leaked video from Aug. 28 shows President Bush sitting passively as he is briefed on the killer storm heading directly for the Gulf Coast. Senior officials voice dire predictions including the distinct possibility of severe flooding in New Orleans.

He asks no questions. And when he spoke it was to offer what turned out be unfounded assurances:

Assurances that the Federal government stood ready to deliver help.

Then there’s this, also from the Froomster:

White House spokesman Trent Duffy said this yesterday: “I hope people don’t draw conclusions from the president getting a single briefing. He received multiple briefings from multiple officials, and he was completely engaged at all times.”

I’m not sure which I find more disturbing: the idea that Duffy thinks he can pass off that baldfaced a lie as the truth, or that it actually is the truth and that for Bush, this is as good as it gets.

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1. elio - July 2, 2006

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