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Monday, May 19, 2003  

Say it ain't so, Ari

Lefties have varying degrees of enmity for the members of Bush's team. Any debate about the least-liked would be heated indeed. But the most irritating? No contest: Ari Fleischer. So is it with glee that I greet this morning's news that we "won't have Ari Fleischer to kick around any more?" (All right, he didn't actually say that.) No, quite the opposite.

I can't imagine anyone personifying the Bush administration with greater clarity. Who can match his perfect blend of arrogance, contempt, mendacity, and secrecy? It seemed that Ari had a preternatural connection to the President--it took little effort to hear Ari and imagine the words coming out of Bush's mouth.

And from a blogger's perspective, this is a horrible turn of events. Half our material comes from Ari! Come on, Ari, you can't leave us now--an election's about to start.

For posterity, a few choice Ari Fleischer quotes:

"One, I think your choice of words is inappropriate when you refer to President Bush's militarism. The President is seeking a way to provide peace and to protect the American people from a growing, gathering threat at the hands of Saddam Hussein and the weapons he has collected." (2/11/03)

"[D]uring the campaign the president did not express, as you put it, disdain for nation-building. What the president has said is, the military should be used for the purpose of fighting and winning wars, exactly as we did in Afghanistan." (2/27/03)

"Again, the President has not made any decisions about military action or what military option he might pursue. And so I think it's impossible to speculate. I can only say that the cost of a one-way ticket is substantially less than that. The cost of one bullet, if the Iraqi people take it on themselves, is substantially less than that. The cost of war is more than that. But there are many options that the President hopes the world and people of Iraq will exercise themselves of that gets rid of the threat. But it's impossible to say what the President options are militarily from a price tag, because he's made no decisions." (10/1/02)

"I have not seen the actual transcript of the show itself. But assuming the press reports are right, it's a terrible thing to say, and it unfortunate. And that's why -- there was an earlier question about has the President said anything to people in his own party -- they're reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do. This is not a time for remarks like that; there never is." (Responding to Bill Maher's comments on Politically Incorrect, 9/26/02.)

posted by Jeff | 10:49 AM |
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