« Heritage In Focus: Hijacking Troops for Pork | Main | Rep. Mike Rogers' Lansing, Michigan Office Vandalized »

Bush Offers Complete Support for Gonzales

Good.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush sent a powerful message of support Tuesday for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling his longtime friend to express unwavering support in the face of calls for his resignation.


The White House also denied reports that it was looking for possible successors for Gonzales. "Those rumors are untrue," White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said.

Bush called Gonzales from the Oval Office at 7:15 a.m. EDT and they spoke for several minutes about the political uproar over the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, an issue that has thrust the attorney general into controversy and raised questions about whether he can survive. The White House disclosed Bush's call to bolster Gonzales and attempt to rally Republicans to support him.

"The president reaffirmed his strong backing of the attorney general and his support for him," Perino said. "The president called him to reaffirm his support."

Former House Republican Leader Tom DeLay had said earlier Tuesday that the scandal "is just a taste of what's going to be like for the next two years."

"And the Bush administration sort of showed their weakness when they got rid of Don Rumsfeld," the Texan said on NBC's "Today" show. "... This is a made up scandal. There is no evidence of wrongdoing whatsoever. ... They ought to be fighting back."

Tom DeLay is absolutely right. I was not crazy about President Bush's choice of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General; nonetheless, the President should come out guns blazing in his support of him.


TrackBack

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Bush Offers Complete Support for Gonzales:

» Unpartisan.com Political News and Blog Aggregator linked with Gonzales tells U.S. attorneys that he’s sorry

Comments (57)

From Kim's linked article.<... (Below threshold)
Lee:

From Kim's linked article.

"The White House disclosed Bush's call to bolster Gonzales and attempt to rally Republicans to support him."

The White House did the same thing amidst calls for Rumsfeld resignation. This tactic is nothing new for the truth-challenged President Bush. He'll flip-flop and axe Gonzales as soon as the time is right.

I can't believe you guys keep falling for the BS Bush feeds you...

The End is Near:Do... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

The End is Near:

Don't want to read too much into it, but the House Appropriations Committee just announced that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who is fighting to keep his job amidst reports that his shop played politics with federal prosecutors and allowed the FBI to abuse its surveillance powers, will not appear at a budget hearing Thursday as previously scheduled.

I predicted Wednesday - dam... (Below threshold)
Lee:

I predicted Wednesday - damn! - turn up the heat Barney - help me out ;)

"Bush Offers Complete Suppo... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"Bush Offers Complete Support for Gonzales"

I'm sure Mr. 30% is going to really turn the tide. And I'm sure Gone-zales sent a "Thanks, but no thanks" card.

Tom Delay?...isn't he the "... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Tom Delay?...isn't he the "Hammer" whom...after being perhaps the most powerful member of the "House" cut and ran from election because he was so intimidated from charges by the left....That Tom Delay?

cut and ran
cut and ran
cut and ran

Now that Gonzales has lost ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Now that Gonzales has lost the trust of Congress and the American people he is soooo gone.

Politicize the AG's office and the incumbent is toast.

"Complete support" in polit... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

"Complete support" in politicalese means that Gonzales is toast.

Lost what trust?As... (Below threshold)

Lost what trust?

As with anything related to Bush the people, like Lee, who thinks everything he touches is lies and deception, had no trust to lose.

The rest of us (like from New Mexico) feel that it's not at all scandalous to want some investigation into our voting process. We've got this long history of political selectivity in our state AG office, who gets investigated and who gets a free ride. New Mexico *needs* an agressive USAG because there is no one else at all to hold the state level accountable. Maybe the party in power here would rather not face that but NO ONE pretends that corruption isn't a pervasive problem in this state.

And do you expect that anyone fired for not doing their jobs well enough is going to do anything but present themselves as brilliant hard-workers afoul politics?

Trolls and other Dims have ... (Below threshold)
Ira:

Trolls and other Dims have lost any credibility they may have had. All these investigations are nothing but gotcha politics directed at Republicans only. If they were really serious about cleaning up Washington they would be convening a Grand Jury for Reid, Armitage, Berger, Schumer and Jefferson - and that's just for starters. They wouldn't have to invent evidence either.
Bush's numbers may be in the 30s, but Congress is polling in the 20s.

Lee, you poor thing. When ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Lee, you poor thing. When was the Attorney General's office not political?

I mean, where do they get these guys. Is no one looking at quality control?
============================

Hey p'p' stick that up your... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Hey p'p' stick that up your ass!!!!! Cowards the lot of you.

If they were really seri... (Below threshold)
Brian:

If they were really serious about cleaning up Washington they would be convening a Grand Jury for Reid, Armitage, Berger, Schumer and Jefferson

Well, seeing as how the Republicans didn't find any substance to those allegations when they were in power...

The White House will allow ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

The White House will allow Rove to testify! Along as he is allowed to lie, lie in secret, and no one is allowed to record his lies.


The subpoena count-down has begun.

from TPMMuckrakerB... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

from TPMMuckraker

Bush to Make Statement on Purge at 5:45
By Paul Kiel - March 20, 2007, 3:26 PM

'All we know is that it will be a "statement about the U.S. attorney matter."'

Lee, keep your fingers cros... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Lee, keep your fingers crossed, the President is scheduled to make a statement regarding the AG in about an hour.

See a tongue-in-cheek visua... (Below threshold)

See a tongue-in-cheek visual of Alberto & Karl starring in the new White House presentation of "Justice Is Served"...here:

www.thoughttheater.com

Brian,Yes, six years... (Below threshold)
Allen:

Brian,
Yes, six years of complete control, couldn't find anything, just rubberstamp it all. Wonder where Ira was during those 6 years?

this isn't so bad, this wou... (Below threshold)
jab:

this isn't so bad, this would give President Bush a chance to put a much more conservative prosecutor in the AG Office, thanks to the left, I'M PSYCHED!

I'm waiting, B, with bated ... (Below threshold)
kim:

I'm waiting, B, with bated breath. If he's backing Gonzales, what else do you think he's gonna say?
=========================

President Bush sent a po... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

President Bush sent a powerful message of support Tuesday for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling his longtime friend to express unwavering support in the face of calls for his resignation.


I seem to recall that last time the President gave his "100% support" or, in this case, his "unwavering support" to somebody that person was axed within 48 hours. I think it was Rummy who last heard those words. Yup, I'm almost certain of it.

That didn't save Rummy. </... (Below threshold)
Blue Neponset:

That didn't save Rummy.

My, my, my, the dimmers are... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

My, my, my, the dimmers are salivating. Maybe they should learn a little history. The USA's are political appointments. Even the ones that got canned. Only then the 8 thought it was all right. Now they are shocked that other appointments are going to replace them. These are attorney's? Grow up. I also seem to remember the senate dimmers could of at any time filibustered ANY bill GW wanted but THEY didn't. Why would the dimmers rubber stamp GW's agenda? Oh, and the President is going to say he stands behind the AG. About time he did it. I am not a Gonzalas fan, but I do not want him to go because the dimmers are whining. ww

As others have pointed out ... (Below threshold)
horse:

As others have pointed out above, having Bush's support does not guarantee anything these days. His word and intent have become unfortunately questionable.

Let this be a test, how long from his claim of support for the AG and when he throws him to the sharks. The longer he waits the greater his credibility, the sooner the lower. I would guess even odds at 60 days, but it could be less than 60 minutes!

The rest of us (like fro... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

The rest of us (like from New Mexico) feel that it's not at all scandalous to want some investigation into our voting process.
Synova

I think you're confusing some of the rationales for the firings.

John McKay of Washington State was fired for not pursuing voter fraud in the 2004 governor's race.

David Iglesias of NM, I believe, was fired simply for poor management skills/general poor performance. He actually was commended and gave a seminar on how to prosecute voter fraud in 2005.

Of course, these are only the "stated reasons". The David Iglesias firing was one that spurred this story along because they said he was fired for poor performance, and instead he came forward to defend his reputation. Iglesias testified that Rep Heather Wilson and Sen Pete Domenici had called him to inquire about the indictment of a NM State Dem before the 2006 election and that he felt very suspicious about these contacts. Then a month later, he is fired with no record of any evaluation stating his poor performance.

".. instead he came forward... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

".. instead he came forward to defend his reputation."

But we all know that Iglesias "Can't handle the truthieness"

Uh barneygoogle how would y... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Uh barneygoogle how would you know anything about the word truth? Poor wittle demos in "power" so they say but can't even get a note passed in the senate. Tee hee. So they got to whine when someone on the right farts out of turn. Resign resign because I didn't get to smell it first. Nothing but a bunch of clowns.

I also seem to remember ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

I also seem to remember the senate dimmers could of at any time filibustered ANY bill GW wanted but THEY didn't. Why would the dimmers rubber stamp GW's agenda?

Go ask that question of the Republicans, who just joined with the Dems 94-2 to strip this power from Bush.

Poor wittle demos in "power... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Poor wittle demos in "power" so they say but can't even get a note passed in the senate. Tee hee. by jhow

I guess you didn't see the news today?

The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush administration's ability to unilaterally fill U.S. attorney vacancies as a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight federal prosecutors.

Boy, you sure look stupid.

Forget the "dimmers" or "dh... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Forget the "dimmers" or "dhimmis". This is the paleocons' revenge. It wasn't too bright to make half of registered Republicans into "swing voters", like me. So instead of worrying about how much glee this is giving "dimmers", I would suggest the bushbots look at their own gullibity and culpability in being flim-flammed by political RETARDS. i.e. Bush bolloxed you, and that's just SAD!

Reported by CNN:<i... (Below threshold)
Larkin:

Reported by CNN:

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy says key presidential aide Karl Rove should answer questions under oath and on the record on the firings of U.S. attorneys -- turning down a White House offer to have him interviewed.

Don't you just love checks and balances? You've got to hand it to those founding fathers.

Bush to make a statement ab... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Bush to make a statement about Gonzales at 5:45pm Eastern today. Any bets?

Alberto has to go, then Bus... (Below threshold)
BillyBob:

Alberto has to go, then Bush needs to go too. He's failed miserably to secure our border, but then again he never wanted to in the first place.

I voted for him twice and now, I'd vote to impeach him for not fulfilling his oath of office.

This is more proof the surg... (Below threshold)

This is more proof the surge is working and the cockroaches here and the media choose to ignore it.

Bush was Pissed!To... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Bush was Pissed!

To bad he was bluffing about fighting the subpoenas. He has precedent and a Supreme Court decisions (Water Gate) going against him.

Bush's support for Gonzales... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Bush's support for Gonzales is "more proof the surge is working?" Try these next.

Actually, this entire BS st... (Below threshold)

Actually, this entire BS story is proof the media doesn't wish to cover the surge, nor do they wish to show the true nature of the anti-American left at their worst. No, they'd rather try to trump a non-story about attorneys who serve for the President.

The donkeys can trot out their stupid little placards at their press conferences (is that their trademark?) and pretend to think they have the power to tell the President what to do and whom he should put into his cabinet. The grandstanding from the left is laughable.

Kim, you don't give a shit,... (Below threshold)
fea nicks:

Kim, you don't give a shit, so long as it's a Repusslican screwing over the people of this nation.

I think Gonzales should go ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

I think Gonzales should go for his failure to prosecute several dozen democrat traitors but not for cleaning out the very people that are responsible for letting the democrat traitors continue to serve in congress, walk the streets and assist the terrorist at every turn.

The president said just that in his speach to the nation. Time to tell the worthless bunch of democrats in congress to get off of their quest for blood and do the business of the country. The squeaky clean congress we were promised by Peeeloshi has become an uncleaned overflowing sewer.

Bush just told the dims to ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Bush just told the dims to take a flying one. There is absolute proof that the dims are politicizing this issue. Schumer used the issue to try to raise money for the DNC. The court will sort this out.

Dimmers, I just wanted to d... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Dimmers, I just wanted to drop a note to say I hope you got a chance to see a real man today. Not a hollywood make believe kind. GW stuck it to them. He will not have his staff go to a public panel. Wow! Looks like the dimmers asked for a fight and now got one. I hope this drags on into 2008. Helps the republicans. Voice over: "Are you tired of political investigation after political investigation? Shouldn't Congress spend time on issues Americans care about? Send Congress a message and vote republican." I cannot wait.

Oh yeah! Your hero Iglacios? He was a political appointee himself. How odd is that? ww

"...I hope you got a chanc... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"...I hope you got a chance to see a real man today."....hoooKAY! mooovin' right along...

This P.O.S. Bush thinks he ... (Below threshold)
fea nicks:

This P.O.S. Bush thinks he is a dictator & the Wizzies will eat anything from his sphincter.

fea nicks favors us with hi... (Below threshold)
k:

fea nicks favors us with his specialty.
====================

Fea nicks, have someone rea... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Fea nicks, have someone read the Constitution to you. A question. If Bush was a dictator, why is Nancy Pelosey and Harry Reid the people running congress? Next, another question or two. Who do you think will be the first person to ask Hillary, if she is the Dimocratic nominee for Pres., how much she will charge to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom, if elected? Second, what is her plan to keep female white house staff safe from unwanted or wanted advances from the former Pres.?

Let me be the first to use ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Let me be the first to use the term...

AlbertoGate™

to be folowed by

RoveGate™

He will not have his sta... (Below threshold)
Brian:

He will not have his staff go to a public panel. Wow!

So you're cheering the elected president, holder of public office, stand in the way of his staff being questioned, under oath, by Congress, whose role includes oversight of the president, about potential wrongdoing?

I agree with your sentiment... wow!

How about 'wonted advances'... (Below threshold)
kim:

How about 'wonted advances', ZRTrio?
========================

Why not have them testify u... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Why not have them testify under oath???

We all know why, don't we. Their testimony is going to hit this big time.

All these Wizzers who belie... (Below threshold)
fea nicks:

All these Wizzers who believe in the Law are perfectly willing to support this Chimp-in-Chief trampling the Constitution in Repusslican muck.

Zelzdoofus...where in the Constitution do you find "executive privilege" spelled out?

You idiots once again prove... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

You idiots once again prove why the dims should not be allowed to run this country. US Attys serve at the pleasure of the Pres. Thats it and thats all. He can fire them for any fucking reason. You dipshits are looking for anything to blame Bush for. He just does his job and you cannot stand it. When this gets to court, you will claim it was a Bush court that decided in favor of the President. No law was broken. You jsut want Karl Rove under oath. It will not happen. Look at how high the crippled congress led by the inept democrats rates in the polls. Lower than Bush.

Read AJStrata for explicati... (Below threshold)
kim:

Read AJStrata for explication of Bush's rope a dope on the silly Dems.
===============================

Aw heck p'p' you already ha... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Aw heck p'p' you already have TM's on a bunch of words such as "pucker puss", (lee lee), (resident turd polisher), (resident moron), resident troll, resident fairygodfather (or mother) and more that I have forgotten. Are you trying to corner trhe market?

"flea bag" are your "socks" clean?

Kim, I suppose no law will ... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Kim, I suppose no law will be broken if Bill is busy Boinking everything in skirts that comes his way. That is sure to happen while ole Hill is in the oval office doing her best to ruin this nation. My real concern is that it seems Bill doesn't like being told no. Just ask Juanita Broderick. But then that is part of the vast right wing conspiracy and she is no doubt trailer trash.

b'google- better to look st... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

b'google- better to look stupid then be stupid like you barneypoo. That law has about as much effect on anything as pissing in the ocean to raise the level.

Some dimmers understand che... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Some dimmers understand checks and balances of the constitution but now separation of powers. All the dimmers want is Karl Rove. They missed it with Plame so this is all they got. This will play out for the next year and some, then nothing. Who cares at that point? Dimmers are so predictable and pathetic. ww

I am no supporter of the re... (Below threshold)
chikaRex:

I am no supporter of the republicans. they are an awful amalgmation of psychotics, thugs, near do wells and opportunists. but this just isn't a big deal. those positions are patronoge slots. fact is, bush can fire anyone in a politically appointed slot anytime he chooses as long as the appointment doesn't require congressional approval. it doesn't matter why he's firing them as long as it isn't due to an ongoing investigation. i mean there are a few parameters but it's pretty loose. the patronage system isn't anywhere as bad as it use to be, back in the guilded age. in fact some patronage is probably a good thing. anyway there are so many real problems and misdeeds this administration is clearly guilty of, it diminishes the significance of those things, when we allow ourselves to be drawn into a non issue such as this.

chikaRex

i just took a moment to rea... (Below threshold)
chikaRex:

i just took a moment to read some of the other posts. who the ell is Zelsdorf Ragshaft III? what a total putz. typical rethugican little dick. all white men fall into two groups, those bigger than 4 inches and those shorter. invariably the little dicks join the republican party. university of baylor psychology dept did a study on it and found a significant relationship between penis size and party afiliation. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III is clearly a little dick. sorry pal. don't blame the democrats for your genetics.

chikaRex




Advertisements









rightads.gif

beltwaybloggers.gif

insiderslogo.jpg

mba_blue.gif

Follow Wizbang

Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

Contact

Send e-mail tips to us:

[email protected]

Fresh Links

Credits

Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

In Memorium: HughS

All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

Hosting by ServInt

Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

Author Login



Terms Of Service

DCMA Compliance Notice

Privacy Policy