Here's a surprise -- Olbermann doesn't like Bush so very much. Video and transcript at Crooks and Liars:
But a shot at General Petraeus — about whom you conveniently ignore it is you who reduced him from four-star hero to a political hack — that merits this pissy juvenile blast at the Democrats on national television?
Your hypocrisy is so vast, sir, that if we could somehow use it to fill the ranks in Iraq you could realize your dream — and keep us fighting there until the year 3000.
The line between the military and the civilian government is not to be crossed.
That press conference was the worst thing I have seen in this presidency. I'm hoping the whole thing becomes available on YouTube.
That's not where he said this is it?
"Gold Star Mothers, got you, okay, thank you -- Blue Star Mothers, Gold Star Mothers, all the mothers, yes. (Applause.) Every day is Mother's Day as far as your concerned, isn't it?"
No, although that's quite a quote. Yesterday is where he hid behind Petraeus' skirt.
Here's the last question...completely unplanted, of course:
Q Mr. President, thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: Big Stretch, he's back.
Q What is your reaction to the MoveOn.org ad that mocked General Petraeus as General "Betrayus," and said that he cooked the books on Iraq? And secondly, would you like to see Democrats, including presidential candidates, repudiate that ad?
THE PRESIDENT: I thought the ad was disgusting. I felt like the ad was an attack not only on General Petraeus, but on the U.S. military. And I was disappointed that not more leaders in the Democrat Party spoke out strongly against that kind of ad. And that leads me to come to this conclusion: that most Democrats are afraid of irritating a left-wing group like MoveOn.org -- or more afraid of irritating them than they are of irritating the United States military. That was a sorry deal. It's one thing to attack me; it's another thing to attack somebody like General Petraeus.
All right. Leavitt is going to answer some questions if you have any for him. Make sure they're -- tone them down a little bit, this is his first time in here. Martha, you and Gregory be polite on him. Thank you for your time.
Q Mr. President, for Republicans seeking election next year are you an asset or a liability?
THE PRESIDENT: Strong asset. (Laughter.) Ann.
Q Can I follow?
THE PRESIDENT: No. (Laughter.) I knew I made a mistake calling on you in the first place. (Laughter.)
Q He's known you a long time.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, he has.
Q And you got an MBA?
THE PRESIDENT: The problem is I called him and I've known him for a long time.
Q You knew what you were getting into. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. Look, candidates who go out and say that the United States is vulnerable to attack and we're going to make sure our professionals have the tools necessary to protect us are going to do well. Candidates who go out and say that helping these Iraqis realize the benefits of democracy are going to do well. Candidates who go out and say that it's very important for the United States to have clear principles when it comes to foreign policy, they'll do well. Candidates who say we're not going to raise your taxes will do well.
Q Quick follow, if I may, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: No, you may not.
Jambo, was I not telling you last week you had to start watching Olbermann? Hmm?<< Home