Thursday, December 04, 2003

It's like watching a child pretend to be the president

Speaking of Bush's big Thanksgiving publicity stunt, designed to make him look... human, or something... by showing his commitment to his troops in the face of grave personal danger, the White House said that Bush's ultra-secret cover was almost blown before they got to Baghdad:

On the flight over, Air Force One had come within sight of a British Airways plane, Dan Bartlett, the White House communications director, told reporters on the trip, according to the transcript.

The British Airways pilot radioed over and asked, Bartlett said, "Did I just see Air Force One?" There was silence from the Air Force One pilot, who then replied, "Gulfstream 5."

There was a longer silence from the British Airways pilot, Bartlett said, who, seeming to get that he was in on a secret, then said, "Oh."

Of course, this turned out to be yet another lie. The White House then churned out a more plausible-sounding anecdotal revision of their thrilling tale.

Seriously, do you think that if there was a chance in hell that he would have been in any danger whatsoever, Bush would have even left the fucking ranch? He doesn't need to get anywhere near any actual danger; that's what poor people are for.