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Fleischer gone, celebrates with yellow cake

Ari Fleischer, the ignoble wall of half-truths, deflections and turn-arounds who has served as the White House press secretary and after his 300th briefing, officially called it quits. His replacement is Scott McClellan. With the recent growing scandal surrounding WMDs and yellow-cake uranium, the adieu was not a triumphant cake walk as he would have liked, with reporters asking some critical questions:

“Why don’t you simply retract and withdraw the statement?”
“What’s the burden of proof here?”
“If there’s so much uncertainty about this information … why go through all these hoops to include it?”
“You’re trying to have it both ways.”
Fleischer’s reponse? “I think the burden is on those people who think he didn’t have weapons of mass destruction to tell the world where they are.” That’s certainly an apt decription of America’s new style of justice.

At the end of the briefing: “Bob Deans of Cox News Service rose to say that he had brought Fleischer a cake. ‘We’ve received assurances that it’s not yellow cake,’ Deans said. ‘But that doesn’t prove that it’s not yellow cake.’”

Well Ari, I guess you can’t eat your yellow cake and have it too.

Posted by Stephen VanDyke at July 15, 2003 11:08 AM