Stop The Presses! Lobbyist Claims Closer Connection to BushShocking news
, I know.Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff says President Bush knew him well enough to joke with him about weightlifting. "What are you benching, buff guy?" Abramoff said Bush asked him. The president has said he doesn't know Abramoff.
He called him "buff guy"? Sounds to me like old pals!
Vanity Fair is pushing this bit as "evidence" that Bush is lying when he claims he doesn't know Abramoff.Abramoff told Vanity Fair that he once was invited to Bush's Texas ranch where he would have joined with other big Bush fundraisers. Abramoff, an Orthodox Jew, said he didn't go because the event fell on the Sabbath.
The lobbyist said that when Bush made a speech to fundraisers in 2003, he sat just a few feet from the president. Abramoff, the only lobbyist on the dais, was seated between Republican Sens. George Allen of Virginia and Orrin Hatch of Utah.
Gee, the lobbyist "said" that? Surely they can come up with some photographic evidence? You know how it is; lobbyists tend to exaggerate their connections with politicians.
And Vanity Fair is as bad as Harper's these days in terms of their "get Bush" agenda. Graydon Carter, the editor of the magazine published a book a few years back that might be misconstrued by right-wingers as mildly critical of Republicans. What was the title
? Oh, yeah, What We've Lost: How The Bush Administration Has Curtailed Our Freedoms, Mortgaged Our Economy, Ravaged Our Environment and Damaged Our Standing in the World