February 5, 2003

Lies and Fabrications

Jesus! Can't a president tell lies anymore without some uppity librul reporter making a goddamn federal case out of it? What the sam hill is this country coming to? It would be much easier if I was a dictator -- but wait! I am! Why is this shee-ut still happening to me?

Dear George W., pretender to the throne, grown-up frog-blaster rich kid with too much time on his hands, and all-around sociopath, might have flubbed a little when he read the part in the speech about going to the Houston Space Center when he was governor of Texas.

Maybe he meant to say, "Ah WISHED ah'd a gone to that Houston Space Cinter, but ah never got around to it..."

According to CNN, "A day after telling reporters that Bush had visited Johnson Space Center while serving as governor of Texas in the 1990s, White House spokesman Ari Fleischer backpedaled from that assertion."

Fleischer said on Air Force One yesterday, "I think right now it's somewhat murky."

Ari! What do you mean, "right now"? Did he go or no? It wasn't even that long ago. The boy was only governor for a few years right before he became whatever he is now.

"Right now" means whatever The President wants to say is reality right now. Obviously, Governor Bush did not go to the center. He would not have blended in with the crowd and there is no record of the alleged visit. So Bush is lying. It sounded good so he said it.

But it was just a little lie, you might say, a kind of feel-good lie. And after all, he is The President. If he can't even lie, who can?

This is almost as good as the Nixon White House statement that "The President's statement is inoperative." The White House makes history and it can make it whatever it wants to and it can change it whenever it wants to.

Instead of admitting it was a lie, Fleischer called it "murky."

"Johnson Space Center says that he did not go there, and I'm not able to find the exact date. So that's why I say it's murky," he said. "To the president's recollection, he thinks he has been there."

Apparently in Fleischer's judgment it's preferable for the president to appear to be unable to distinguish a real event from an imaginary one than to admit that he's a liar.

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