"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
President Bush sees the value — and the humor — in the idea that aides could secretly feed him advice through a radio receiver hidden on his back.
"Please explain to me how it works so maybe if I were ever to debate again I could figure it out," Bush said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."
After television cameras showed a box-shaped bulge on his back during the first presidential debate, Internet bloggers wondered whether Bush had been wired to receive help with his responses from aides such as White House communications director Dan Bartlett and senior adviser Karen Hughes.
When asked about the bulge that appeared as he and Sen. John Kerry debated Sept. 30 in Coral Gables, Fla., Bush tantalized conspiracy theorists by saying, "Well, you know, Karen Hughes and Dan Bartlett had rigged up a sound system ..."
"You are getting in trouble," responded host Charles Gibson.
"I don't know what that is," Bush said. "I mean, it is — I'm embarrassed to say it's a poorly tailored shirt."
The rumors I'm hearing are that Shrub had considered blaming the bulge on his band or, in the alternative, on acid reflux disease - but these explanations were deemed not credible.