She Stuck Her Tongue Out At Them

September 4, 2007 at 11:40 am | Posted in Alberto Gonzales, Bush Administration, corruption, Republicans, secret combinations | Leave a comment

Wow, Mrs. Ashcroft stuck her tongue out at Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales as they left the hospital room. Is there anymore doubt about what the real purpose of Gonzales and Card coming to the hospital to get a signature from a dying John Ashcroft over that of Jim Comey? Read the following account from Jack Goldsmith’s book coming out:

Goldsmith also witnessed perhaps the most well-known confrontation over the administration’s aggressive tactics: the scene at Ashcroft’s hospital bed on March 10, 2004, when Gonzales and Andrew Card, the White House chief of staff, visited the hospital to demand that the ailing Ashcroft approve, over Goldsmith and Comey’s objections, a secret program that was about to expire. (Goldsmith refuses to identify the program, but Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director, has publicly indicated it was the terrorist surveillance program.) As he recalled it to me, Goldsmith received a call in the evening from his deputy, Philbin, telling him to go to the George Washington University Hospital immediately, since Gonzales and Card were on the way there. Goldsmith raced to the hospital, double-parked outside and walked into a dark room. Ashcroft lay with a bright light shining on him and tubes and wires coming out of his body.

Suddenly, Gonzales and Card came in the room and announced that they were there in connection with the classified program. “Ashcroft, who looked like he was near death, sort of puffed up his chest,” Goldsmith recalls. “All of a sudden, energy and color came into his face, and he said that he didn’t appreciate them coming to visit him under those circumstances, that he had concerns about the matter they were asking about and that, in any event, he wasn’t the attorney general at the moment; Jim Comey was. He actually gave a two-minute speech, and I was sure at the end of it he was going to die. It was the most amazing scene I’ve ever witnessed.”

After a bit of silence, Goldsmith told me, Gonzales thanked Ashcroft, and he and Card walked out of the room. “At that moment,” Goldsmith recalled, “Mrs. Ashcroft, who obviously couldn’t believe what she saw happening to her sick husband, looked at Gonzales and Card as they walked out of the room and stuck her tongue out at them. She had no idea what we were discussing, but this sweet-looking woman sticking out her tongue was the ultimate expression of disapproval. It captured the feeling in the room perfectly.”

What kind of men go to the hospital to get approval from a dying man who relinquished his position of power to his number two? What kind of morals do those men have? What is their priority? These are the kinds of men that make hardcore conservatives like John Ashcroft look like a perfect angel. These are the kinds of men that have been running our country these past six years. Pray that this ends quickly.

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