Friday, May 11, 2007
I came across this today (emphasis mine):
It was reported in December 2005, by a DOUG THOMPSON who seems to even-handedly zing politicians on both sides that when discussing renewing the Patriot Act the following discussion occurred (and the discussion has been confirmed by several administration sources):Now folks, remember that this is a man who twice swore an oath to 'uphold and protect' that 'goddamned piece of paper'.
GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
"I don't give a goddamn," Bush retorted. "I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way."
"Mr. President," one aide in the meeting said. "There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution."
"Stop throwing the Constitution in my face," Bush screamed back. "It's just a goddamned piece of paper!"