“Uhhh….What I meant was…..”

Rueter’s is reporting that Fox News’ Tony Snow will be taking over the White House Press Secretary duties. Although Snow has been reporting for the conservative leaning Fox News, he’s had a few choice comments for his new boss:

– Bush has “lost control of the federal budget and cannot resist the temptation to stop raiding the public fisc.” [3/17/06]

– “George W. Bush and his colleagues have become not merely the custodians of the largest government in the history of humankind, but also exponents of its vigorous expansion.” [3/17/06]

– “President Bush distilled the essence of his presidency in this year’s State of the Union Address: brilliant foreign policy and listless domestic policy.” [2/3/06]

– “George Bush has become something of an embarrassment.” [11/11/05]

– Bush “has a habit of singing from the Political Correctness hymnal.” [10/7/05]

– “No president has looked this impotent this long when it comes to defending presidential powers and prerogatives.” [9/30/05]

– Bush “has given the impression that [he] is more eager to please than lead, and that political opponents can get their way if they simply dig in their heels and behave like petulant trust-fund brats, demanding money and favor — now!” [9/30/05]

– “When it comes to federal spending, George W. Bush is the boy who can’t say no. In each of his three years at the helm, the president has warned Congress to restrain its spending appetites, but so far nobody has pushed away from the table mainly because the president doesn’t seem to mean what he says.” [The Detroit News, 12/28/03]

– “The president doesn’t seem to give a rip about spending restraint.” [The Detroit News, 12/28/03]

– “Bush, for all his personal appeal, ultimately bolstered his detractors’ claims that he didn’t have the drive and work ethic to succeed.” [11/16/00]

– “Little in the character of demeanor of Al Gore or George Bush makes us say to ourselves: Now, this man is truly special! Little in our present peace and prosperity impels us to say: Give us a great man!” [8/25/00]

– “George W. Bush, meanwhile, talks of a pillowy America, full of niceness and goodwill. Bush has inherited his mother’s attractive feistiness, but he also got his father’s syntax. At one point last week, he stunned a friendly audience by barking out absurd and inappropriate words, like a soul tortured with Tourette’s.” [8/25/00]

– “He recently tried to dazzle reporters by discussing the vagaries of Congressional Budget Office economic forecasts, but his recitation of numbers proved so bewildering that not even his aides could produce a comprehensible translation. The English Language has become a minefield for the man, whose malaprops make him the political heir not of Ronald Reagan, but Norm Crosby.” [8/25/00]

– “On the policy side, he has become a classical dime-store Democrat. He gladly will shovel money into programs that enjoy undeserved prestige, such as Head Start. He seems to consider it mean-spirited to shut down programs that rip-off taxpayers and mislead supposed beneficiaries.” [8/25/00]

I wonder if Bush even knows about these comments. I’d have to think he doesn’t because hiring someone who has called you “impotent” and “embarrasing” would be a tough pill to swallow. If he actually knows about these comments and hired him anyway, then more power to him. He is a bigger man than I. Either way, these nuggets should make for some pretty fun White House press briefings.

Update–From CNN.com:

“He’s not afraid to express his own opinions,” the president said. “For those of you who’ve read his columns and listened to his radio show, he sometimes has disagreed with me. I asked him about those comments, and he said, `You should have heard what I said about the other guy.’ ”

Looks like in order to get the job, the first person snow “spun” was the president himself. This is too weird. I’m not sure what is worse between Snows very lame excuse or the president’s willingness to accept it. Just when you thought this bizarre White House couldn’t get any more weird, it did.


9 thoughts on ““Uhhh….What I meant was…..”

  1. I’m not sure I agree with this guy, though my knowledge of Dubya’s domestic policy is limited, he seems to take issue with him being too liberal and weak, but “brilliant foreign policy”? Er… if that is brilliant policy, then I’m scared to think what heavy handed domestic policies this lad would like to see implemented (capital punishment for j-walking anyone?). Okay taking action is one thing, but making your government the most hated in the world is more than a negligible failure of foreign policy.

    And in fairness I think even Dubya has to concede the English language is a ‘minefield’ for him. If those are the most negative comments he has made in reference to his diction then I feel he has been fairly kind.

    But I see your point, could they not pick some Republican poster boy with no mind of his own for this job?

  2. Great quotes. Pretty telling, huh. I wonder how he is going to change his rhetoric once he is standing in front of the media on behalf of that “embarrassment” of a President, his new boss. Something to watch for.

    Anyway, the current issue of Rolling Stone has a fascinating article on the legacy that this current administration is leaving for history and where it ranks in comparison with other administrations. Well worth the read.

  3. You’re kidding, right? You honestly think the president hired a press secretary without doing some research into what the man has said about the president? Of course he knew about Snow’s remarks.

    The “lame excuse” wasn’t a spin. It was a joke. Bush got it and you didn’t. Yikes.

  4. moondog, is it so far off to think he didn’t know? he didn’t know about the dubai ports deal until after the fact. he also was surprised when the levees in new orleans were breeched even though someone explained the very real possiblity to him very clearly just days before.

    in terms of the president’s history of proper “research”, i think the facts might back up my suspicion. if he rushed to war after he’d done his “research” then unknowingly hiring a press secretary that thinks he’s “impotent” and “embarrasing” doesn’t seem too far fetched. am i off base here?

    on the other hand, i’ll gladly give it up to bush for his witty jokes.

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