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  •  Here's her correction in a later interview (9+ / 0-)

    "There's been another confusing statement. I said at one point it was therefore, um, uh, a given right that the Presdient , if the President authorized it, it was legal. This was not a Nixon-Frost moment, right? What I intended to say, or what I meant to say about this is, the President said, 'I won't authorize anything this is illegal.' It's not that because he authorized it, it was legal. No, that, that's a tautology. [emphasis added] It was that he said that I won't authorize anything that's illegal."

    •  Ah, the awkward sound of backtracking (6+ / 0-)

      one's own words ...

      "They blamed it on the Islamic fanatics, at the time. [...] That was when they suspended the Constitution. They said it would be temporary." -Handmaid's Tale

      by Cenobyte on Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 06:08:24 AM PST

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      •  To be fair (13+ / 0-)

        I think the corrected version is what she really meant to say  I don't think it's any better than the first interpretation though.  Basically she's saying, "Bush told me he wouldn't order anything illegal and I always believe and never question what he says.  So if he orders something done, I don't check or even think about whether it is legal.  I believe everything he says implicitly so even if I might think something sounds questionable legally, I don't worry about it, because Bush never lies."

        I really don't see that as any better than saying if the President does it it's not illegal.  It's just saying if the President says it's not illegal, it's not illegal.  Not much of a difference.

        •  Thank you for your restatement (1+ / 0-)
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          You have said precisely what she could not possibly have brought herself to say, and that's what caused her to muck it up so badly not once, but twice.

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