Friday, October 28, 2005


Now that the grand jury has handed up indictments and the special prosecutor has finished his news conference (you'll find live entries further downthread), we're waiting for President Bush to make his statement before choppering off to Camp David.

Bush is scheduled to speak at 2:50 p.m. Central. Posters on Free Republic are dreaming that Bush might appoint a new Supreme Court justice. Or maybe he'll start a war in Iran.

Foes of Karl Rove, begin to weep. The president's brain remains unindicted, and it doesn't sound like Fitzgerald will push much further. Rove's Democratic lawyer apparently saved his client's rump.

Bushbots, beware. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's trial won't take place for six months, maybe more. Dissection of the indictment (and of Patrick Fitzgerald's news conference) will create more noise. Very little of it will put this White House in a good light.

Here comes the Bush statement. Prez in blue suit, red tie, straight spine. No smiles as he approaches the podium. Says he accepted the resignation of Scooter Libby. Calls him "Scooter." That's so weird. Bush says investigation is "serious, and now the process moves into a new phase." Does the "presumed innocent" bit. Says "we're all saddened by today's news." Says he's got a job to do, a la Bill Clinton. Says "pretty soon" he'll be naming someone to the high court. This is all.

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