How many times has the Bush White House said that all the documents pertaining to Bush’s military record have been released?
Seriously, how many times?
"The White House says, `We’ve released all of [the documents]. You should take our word for it and this is the evidence.’"
Really? So . . . how come THIS happened following last night’s "60 Minutes" expose?
After the broadcast, the White House, without comment, released to the news media two of the memos, one ordering Bush to report for his physical exam and the other suspending him from flight status.
You don’t even have to ultimately believe the AWOL accusations to see that the White House is playing games with the truth and the American people. And more importantly, what else are they hiding?
Updated: The copies relased by the White House are apparently the same as those released by CBS. In other words, CBS sent them to the White House, and the White House then released them.
But read on anyway . . .
Meanwhile, WH Press Secretary is having a hard time. I actually feel bad for him, having to repeat the lame non-responsive answers over and over again.
This is my favorite from today.
Understand that prior to this exchange, Scotty has said several times that Bush was honorably discharged.
Q . . . We understand that he was honorably discharged, but is it fair to say that he did not fulfill his commitment?
MR. McCLELLAN: No. As I said — absolutely not. If he had not fulfilled his commitments, he would not have been honorably discharged.
Q if he was supposed to show up in Boston, or he transferred to Boston, and he didn’t —
MR. McCLELLAN: The President met his commitments in Texas. He met his commitments in Alabama. He met his commitments when he returned to Texas in 1973.
Q Did he meet his commitments in Boston?
MR. McCLELLAN: As I said, Caren, if he had not fulfilled his commitments, he would not have been honorably discharged.
I would take that last answer as a "no". As expressed elsewhere, today’s press gaggle is brought to you by the words "fulfilled" and "commitment".
Poor Scotty. But at least he’s not as bad as this guy:
In 1999, Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett told the Washington Post that Bush finished his six-year commitment at a Boston area Air Force Reserve unit after he left Houston. Not so, Bartlett now concedes. ”I must have misspoke," Bartlett, who is now the White House communications director, said in a recent interview […]
You THINK? When you here lies that this is an old story resolved long ago, just remember that the Bush people
lied "misspoke" long ago, and this guy admits it.