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Sunday, January 22, 2006

When George Didn't Meet Jack

Time has a new story titled "When George Met Jack" about the supposed ties between Abramoff and George W. Bush. The second paragraph looks damning:

The President's memory may soon be unhappily refreshed. TIME has seen five photographs of Abramoff and the President that suggest a level of contact between them that Bush's aides have downplayed. While TIME's source refused to provide the pictures for publication, they are likely to see the light of day eventually because celebrity tabloids are on the prowl for them. And that has been a fear of the Bush team's for the past several months: that a picture of the President with the admitted felon could become the iconic image of direct presidential involvement in a burgeoning corruption scandal—like the shots of President Bill Clinton at White House coffees for campaign contributors in the mid-1990s.

Wow, uh-oh. George and Jack must have been regular pals then, huh? Practically called him on every move he made? The White House described it as nothing big.

Peppered for days with questions about Abramoff's visits to the White House, press secretary Scott McClellan said the now disgraced lobbyist had attended two huge holiday receptions and a few "staff-level meetings" that were not worth describing further.


Big discrepancy. So what are the facts? Reading the next few paragraphs and we see that its exactly as the White House described

In one shot that TIME saw, Bush appears with Abramoff, several unidentified people and Raul Garza Sr., a Texan Abramoff represented who was then chairman of the Kickapoo Indians, which owned a casino in southern Texas. Garza, who is wearing jeans and a bolo tie in the picture, told TIME that Bush greeted him as "Jefe," or "chief" in Spanish. Another photo shows Bush shaking hands with Abramoff in front of a window and a blue drape. The shot bears Bush's signature, perhaps made by a machine. Three other photos are of Bush, Abramoff and, in each view, one of the lobbyist's sons (three of his five children are boys). A sixth picture shows several Abramoff children with Bush and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who is now pushing to tighten lobbying laws after declining to do so last year when the scandal was in its early stages.

So Bush shook hands with Abramoff (probably at a large gathering), had his picture taken with his kids, might have had it signed by a machine, and addressed a Texan wearing a bolo tie as "Jefe." Yep, thats it, Bush is really letting Abramoff calling the shots, and in fact is such a submissive nature that he's forced to address a casino owner as "chief". Start the impeachment hearings!

What is the news here? This is a smear job to try and tie the President with Abramoff. Why? Because all bad politics must tie back to the President in the BDS world of the left.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Brian