Saturday, April 29, 2006
AGs Say The Darndest Things
From Secrets of Success Revealed written by Sari Horwitz for Saturday's Washington Post:
It was the big day. Twenty-three sixth-graders from Northeast Washington were getting to go inside one of the most top-secret rooms in the world: the FBI command center. A lair deep within FBI headquarters downtown. The inner sanctum where all spy brains converge to make split-second decisions to protect American citizens and fight evil during national crises.
Not only that, but the students were also about to meet The Big Guys: the director of the FBI and the attorney general of the United States. And they were going to see whether they could pass muster on the agent fitness test.
Perhaps it's just a rumour but I was told by an uninformed source that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was once fired from a hot dog stand because he couldn't cut the mustard.
More from the Post:
A 12-year-old at the other end of the table had a question. "What do you think about the war?" he asked.
Gonzales put down his hamburger. "One thing you have to remember is that sometimes people have to die so we can all live in freedom. That's always been the case."
"I think they should end the war," Maurice said.
"You know what, I think everybody wants the war to end as soon as possible," Gonzales said. "I really do. Nobody wants young American soldiers to die, including the president."
"If the president made us go to war with Iraq, why doesn't he go over there and fight the war?" Christian May asked.
"Why doesn't he go do that?" Gonzales responded. "He's sort of the commander in chief. He's kind of leading the troops. That's what happens in wars. You have people making the plans and making the decisions...and then you have people who make sure those directives are carried out."
Did Gonzales really admit that President Bush was only "sort-of" the commander in chief?
The very next line in the Post article:
At that moment, a Justice Department public relations officer suggested that the onlooking reporter leave the two to "chat freely."
Was it time for a spanking?