First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former White House political advisor Karl Rove were seen stumbling out of a 1963 Volkswagen Microbus yesterday, trailing a billowing cloud of sweet-smelling smoke, blinking and waving their hands in front of their faces. Upon emerging from the brightly festooned van, the three high-powered advisers to President George W. Bush immediately walked over to talk to reporters.
The Secretary of State absently munched from a jumbo-sized bag of Doritos® as she told CBS’s Rita Braver,
I think generations pretty soon are going to start to thank this President for what he’s done.
What the Administration is responsible to do is to make good choices about Americans’ interests and values in the long run . . . When one looks at what we’ve been able to do in terms of changing the conversation in the Middle East about democracy and values, this Administration will be judged well . . .
Some observers took Rice’s comments as confirmation that she already is looking ahead to a future run for political office. By making such statements about the BushCheney legacy, these pundits say, the secretary of state is seeking to curry favor with a very specific demographic:
Rove, meanwhile, had thoughts of his own about his former boss -
He will . . . be seen as somebody who's [made] America and the world safer in the years to come . . . [History] is going to be kind to him at the end. I'm absolutely confident of that.After delivering his words of wisdom, Rove graciously offered to lend Condi a hand -
- at which point the First Lady, giggling, piped up with her own reflections on her husband’s performance in office, saying,
“[He] kept our country safe.”
During the course of Mrs. Bush’s interview, a fourth high-powered presidential confidant, Vice President Dick Cheney, stumbled onto the scene looking somewhat distracted. When asked by a reporter, “How do you explain your low approval rating?” Cheney, scanning the ground around him, responded offhandedly,
I don't have any idea.Then with a snort, the future ex-vice president bent down to pick something up -
- before wandering off to a secure undisclosed location and a welcome retirement.
Cross-posted at Docudharma