Sunday, July 09, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

During Thursday's press briefing with White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, a reporter asked about President Bush's reaction to the death of disgraced Enron founder Ken Lay.

That led to this improbable spin:

Q I don't know. I don't know him. The President was his friend, not me.

SNOW: No, the President has described Ken Lay as an acquaintance, and many of the President's acquaintances have passed on during his time in office.

Some conservatives defended Snow's use of "acquaintance" to describe Bush's 16-year relationship with Lay, in spite of Bush's use of the word "friend" in a letter to Lay, various photos showing the Bushes and Lays in social settings, and a series of events tying the two together -- most notably the fact that Lay's company, Enron, was Bush's top donor from 1993 to 2001.

Maybe they'll believe Bush himself. On the July 6 edition of CNN's Larry King Live, King had this exchange with the president.

KING: I know he was your friend. How do you feel? Were you shocked?

BUSH: I was. I was very surprised. You know, just — my hope is that his heart was right with the Lord, and I feel real sorry for his wife. She’s had a rough go, and she’s now here on earth to bear the burdens of losing her husband, a man she loved.

Note that Bush didn't feel compelled to correct King, as Snow did when he contradicted the reporter. Even though Lay was disgraced, Bush didn't try to spin their relationship.

That kind of honesty has to be seen as "good news."

8 Comments:

Anonymous Double T said...

"FRIEND" of bush, energy policy formulator with cheney.........
really makes you wonder.........

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Javaman said...

An Acquaintance in life, a friend in death. Sounds about right for the dark lord of night*.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Totally Committed said...

Yeah, but he only used the word AFTER Lay died before sentencing, and he will never be a jailed felon. Nice friend.

TC

6:48 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

David R. Mark said...
"Note that Bush didn't feel compelled to correct King, as Snow did when he contradicted the reporter. Even though Lay was disgraced, Bush didn't try to spin their relationship."


Really, David. So in your mind, because President Bush graciously chose not to publicly contradict Larry King on his own show, while discussing someone who is recently deceased, you take that to mean that President Bush was acknowledging that he and Ken Lay were bosom buddies? Do you have any idea how lame that sounds?

Never mind. Consider that rhetorical, because you probably don't, and even if you did, it wouldn't make much of a difference. You're obviously grasping at straws here.

From reading letters between the two men, they obviously maintained a congenial relationship, and GWB and Laura sometimes attended the same social events as did Ken and his wife, Linda. That is practically unavoidable when people like them live and do business in the same state.

I don't know about you, but there are plenty of people I associate with on a regular basis, but I would not call too many of them my "friends". Perhaps you are not quite as discriminating as to whom you call friend, I don't know.

In any case, did Lay spend any nights in the Bush White House, as he did during the Clinton Adminstration? If so, I'm not aware of it.

Did President Bush and Ken Lay golf together, as did Clinton and Lay? Or perhaps jog together? No, I didn't think so.

Here is a list which includes some other interesting little tidbits that you may or may not be aware of.

50 Reasons Why the Democrats are Hypocrites when it Comes to ENRON

http://www.american-partisan.com/cols/2002/guest/qtr1/0216.htm

8:02 PM  
Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

Trinity, buddy bud, glad you're back. It was tough fighting for the heartland here in liberal media land without you.

"because President Bush graciously chose not to publicly contradict Larry King on his own show, while discussing someone who is recently deceased, you take that to mean that President Bush was acknowledging that he and Ken Lay were bosom buddies?"

Right you are, amigo. These liberals just don't get it.

Bush was just being polite. I'm guessing he was silently offended at King trying to liberally slip in that word "friend" again, like the reporter did to Snow earlier in the day. If it'd been me, I would have silently winced, knowing I should have listened to Rove, Mehlman, Cheney, or someone like that, and skipped the interview, because this is the sort of interrogation you get from the liberal media. Conservatives have every right to boycott King and the rest of the "Clinton News Network" for cornering Bush like that. Bush had no choice but to be good-natured about it. Pow!

Just because Bush didn't contradict him, don't thing King was right. Put that logic in reverse, and you'd have to think that Alan Colmes disagrees with Sean Hannity, just because he contradicts him on-air. C'mon liberals, wake up and smell the reality!

"From reading letters between the two men, they obviously maintained a congenial relationship, and GWB and Laura sometimes attended the same social events as did Ken and his wife, Linda. That is practically unavoidable when people like them live and do business in the same state."

Right again, buddy bud. Liberal America, listen up. Sure, Bush and Lay knew each other for 16 years. Sure, Bush gave Lay a nickname. Sure, Lay let Bush ride on his corporate jet. Sure, Lay helped steer a huge amount of money to Bush over eight years. Sure, the two men socialized, their wives knew each other, and they went to the same events in Texas. Sure, they had mutual friends, some of whom later helped Lay out from Washington. Sure, they exchanged cordial letters in which Bush politely called Lay his "friend."

But as brother Trinity proclaimed, they didn't golf together, like Clinton did with Lay. Sip from teh cup of knowledge, liberals.

We've all seen how much Bush likes to golf. You liberals were all over that scene in Farenheit 911 when Bush held an impromptu press conference on national security while on the golf course. Given how much Bush likes to golf, why aren't there photos of him golfing with Lay? Hell, why wasn't Lay there golfing with Bush in the Michael Moore film. Liberals can't answer shit like that. Pow!

And liberals aren't going to find photos of Lay and Bush jogging together, either. Or tossing a baseball. Or chopping wood. Or clearing brush. Or riding tractors. Or attending NASCAR events. Or napping in the afternoon. Or watching the Super Bowl. Or working on energy policy.

I did a Google image search, just to confirm all of this, and what more proof do you need than that, liberal America? Trinity, you nailed it again!

1:02 AM  
Anonymous ditto said...

Trin and MrT;
You guys are sooo cute.
And the fact that you can recognize how "smart" each other is speaks volumes.

Way to go there, buddy buddies!

Nice try anyway. Made me laugh. That's one less pardon KingW's crew will have to prepare.

You're in the "know"... where's fellow amigo Gannon been lately?

12:21 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

MrToffeeLovesYa said...
"Right again, buddy bud. Liberal America, listen up. Sure, Bush and Lay knew each other for 16 years. Sure, Bush gave Lay a nickname."


And your point is? I have a nickname for you too, and we've never even met. ;)

As for your "Bush and Lay knew eachother for 16 years" comment goes, sounds like that smacks of McCarthyism to me. I thought you guys didn't like that stuff?

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Whoop4467 said...

To Trinity and Mr t - Oh my gosh, GWB lost two friends he did not know he had (Ken Lay and Jack Abramoff) , but at least 36% or less of Americans like him. I wonder when Tom Delay will no longer be GWB's friend?

7:12 PM  

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