Bush admits lying
This is not just a fib, or carefully crafted elision. This is the President of the United States admitting in today's press conference that he full-on lied about Donald Rumsfeld last week, purely for political purposes. I mean, he just flat-out says it:
Q Thank you, Mr. President. Last week you told us that Secretary Rumsfeld will be staying on. Why is the timing right now for this, and how much does it have to do with the election results?
THE PRESIDENT: Right. No, you and Hunt and Keil came in the Oval Office, and Hunt asked me the question one week before the campaign, and basically it was, are you going to do something about Rumsfeld and the Vice President? And my answer was, they're going to stay on. And the reason why is I didn't want to inject a major decision about this war in the final days of a campaign. And so the only way to answer that question and to get you on to another question was to give you that answer.
-- from the official White House transcript
Clearly, as Rush might say, he was off his medication today, just for effect.