Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys Whup Tony Snow’s Butt

March 21, 2007

How shweet that the source was a member of Agence France-Presse:

“Evidently, Mr. Clinton wants to shield virtually any communications that take place within the White House compound on the theory that all such talk contributes in some way, shape or form to the continuing success and harmony of an administration,” the columnist wrote. “Taken to its logical extreme, that position would make it impossible for citizens to hold a chief executive accountable for anything.”

“Sounds like you’re reading an old column of mine,” Tony Snow, the Bush administration’s press secretary, said today, readily recognizing his nine-year-old words read back to him at a morning press gaggle in which Snow was arguing for Bush’s right to protect the internal deliberations of his White House staff.

In March 1998, Snow wrote for the Detroit News, in which this column about a president’s over-reaching assertions of executive privilege appeared. Today, he is press secretary for another president confronting an aggressive Congress. It’s a different situation, Snow insisted today.

With credit to Olivier Knox of Agence France-Presse for a deft piece of document research, here is a copy of the column that Snow published in the Detroit News on March 29, 1998 . . . 

Read the rest here, with a side order of Brie.

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One Response to “Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys Whup Tony Snow’s Butt”

  1. Cautious Man Says:

    Have you also noticed that, according to Mr. Snow, “the Decider” was not at all involved in the decision to fire the US Attorneys? Four times during the briefing, he says that the President has no recollection of discussing this topic.

    I’m not sure how that fits into that whole “serve at the pleasure of the President” concept, if the President isn’t involved in the “deciding” to fire them.


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