Thursday, August 17, 2006

Oh, excuse me, call me Sam. What's the matter? Haven't you ever seen a talking snowman before?

Has Tony Snow been on the job long enough to characterize him as the worst of Bush's Press Secretaries?

I think so.

(Why am I talking like Donald Rumsfeld?)

Snow is turning out to be everything critics said the former Fox analyst would be: a propogandist rather than a simple dissembler. (There isn't a very high bar to measure those in the position.) Where other White House Press Secretaries have turned the non-answer into an art and left it at that, Snow goes out of his way to spin the conservative alternative reality.

Last week he went on that long rant about how Ned Lamont's primary victory and Democrats in general aid our terrorist enemies. This week he's spent a bunch of time arguing that George W. Bush has really read Camus' existentialist work The Stranger because the two had a "short discussion about it." I can just imagine--

Bush and Snow walk towards the Marine helicopter taking them to Camp David. Bush has a copy of The Stranger tucked under his arm.

Snow: "You reading that book Mr. President."

Bush: "I guess."

Then per the Froomkin article cited below we have this quote-

Yes, absolutely. And, Helen, that's an important point. We do not [deal] in 'Amen' choruses. What you do is you invite smart people in who have different points of view."

Because when one thinks back through the history of this country reviewing open administrations the Bush presidency jumps to the top of the list.

Tony, I say this as someone who loathes you and your boss so take it for what it's worth; your job is to keep the President from looking bad not make the President look better then he actually is. When faced with a man who fell off of Sedgway, poses like an idiot on a Harley and almost chokes to death on a pretzel I know that can be a tall order. But that's your problem not mine.


Don Snabulus said...

Bush didn't read L'Etranger. Snow made that up. Even if Bush had read it, he wouldn't understand it.

Dean Wormer said...

Yeah. I see Bush's summer reading more along the lines of King or Clancy on the high end but more likely Seuss or Schultz.