Today's top political story claims President Bush is backtracking on his vow to fire anyone who leaked CIA agent Valerie Plame's name to the media.
The stories hinge on Bush's answer to a question in June 2004 as to whether he stood by his previous statement on the matter. Here's how CNN.com reports it:
"I would like this to end as quickly as possible so we know the facts. And if someone committed a crime, they will no longer work in my administration," Bush said.
That appeared to differ from a response Bush gave in June 2004, when he was asked whether he stood by his promise to fire whoever was found to have leaked Plame's name. "Yes," Bush said at the time.
I can't find anywhere on the net what the exact media question was in June 2004, but here's Bush's original quote, which he said he stood by in June 2004:
"If thereÂs a leak out of my administration, I want to know who it is. And if a person has violated the law, the person will be taken care of." -- Sept. 30th, 2003
I'm not trying to pick nits or get Clintonian here, but Bush said from the start that he would fire someone if they had broken the law. And asked in June 2004 if he stood by that statement he said, "Yes." Actually, he didn't even say he'd fire them, just thatthey'dd "be taken care of." So in reality, he's gotten more strict, not more lenient.
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) says Bush is moving the goal posts. But that's because the media and the Dems haverewrittend Bush's original words to say that he'd fire someone if they had leaked Plame's name, but not necessarily had broken the law.
What a business I work in.