Thursday, March 29, 2007

The President's Pleasure

One of the truly annoying tics of this White House, as often shown on the Daily Show by juxtaposing sound bites, is the repetition of catch phrases for the lie du jour.

For the U.S. Attorney flap, they have chosen the most grating of them all: “the pleasure of the President.”

Used at least twice today by Dana Perino to answer questions about the status of Alberto Gonzales, “the pleasure of the President” conjures up images from an old Cecil B. DeMille movie of a fat Nero lounging in the palace with half-dressed maidens dangling grapes over his mouth.

We got the picture of an Imperial Presidency long ago. They don’t have to keep rubbing it in.

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