"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.Webb tried to change the subject and Bush's reaction makes that pretty clear. Then, Will clipped out a crucial part of the context and then slaps Webb based on the resulting misreading. What does it take for guys like Will to get fired?
"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.
"That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?"
Thursday, November 30, 2006
OK, if you haven't read the last post, read it now, as crucial context for this. Turns out, I gave George Will way too much benefit of the doubt ... as this lays out. According to Talking Points Memo, Will deleted part of the quote (from the Post's own report!) that actually confirms my hunch that the first instance of Webb's 'abuse' of language was in fact clearly an attempt at a topic shift by Webb. Here's the full chunk:
Posted by Mr. Verb at 1:43 PM