Note: Here is a lengthy refutation of the article on Bush’s behavior by a man who states he is a White House staffer. It is interesting to read but doubtful if it expresses any official view. It would be doubtful in the extreme if the White House or any other official governmental agency would ever reply, in any public forum, to any negative articles that appear in this forum or any other. The standard attitude of official Washington is that if they ignore us, we will all go away.
TBR referred this White House-based series of comments to the reporter who has been forwarding his insights to us. His responses may be found following each paragraph in highlighted italics.
From : Scott Wieduwilt (deleted on request)
Sent : Tuesday, April 27, 2004 2:20 PM
To : email@example.com
CC : (deleted on request)
Subject : New artical is not factual
I am a DISA employee working at the Whitehouse, here is my Non Partisan view on this article. (Non-Partisan? There are no atheists in foxholes and no non-partisan staff in the White House. I have a copy of the hiring guide for staffers. It’s hysterically funny and I am sending you a copy. No gays are allowed and you have to profess your belief in Almighty God, Jesus and (probably) Our President. In that order.)
"In the current White House, attendance at daily Christian Evangelical prayer meetings is mandatory."
(Not True, Only Sr. Staff ) (Sorry, buddy, but true. I don’t know where you work but everyone else has to attend a daily prayer meeting in their own area. By the way, this is illegal. Not in a public office that is but do you think the wacko Reverend Ashcroft will mind? I think not. He holds his own Prayer Breakfasts in Justice.)
"Vice President Cheney is the de facto President of the United States. When he arrives at the White House for one of his "briefings" of the President, all employees are cleared from the West Wing and especially from the Presidential office suites. Cheney arrives in an escorted armored limousine surrounded by his own personal, heavily armed bodyguard and is always shown directly into the President's office. It is reliably reported by [redacted] that Bush has a thick pad of lined, yellow note paper on his desk, placed there by [redacted] just before the Vice President arrives."
(Not True, Our office is in corridor b7 next to the presidential staff offices, this only happened once, on 9 11 ) (I have never been in the White House when de facto President Cheney makes his Imperial entrance but I have been repeatedly advised about this from a number of staff members. Perhaps your writer goes home early because Cheney comes in later at night.)
"After Cheney's departure, the notes taken by the President are transcribed by [redacted] and prepared as talking points for the President..."
(No info )
"At some time in the past, according to both [redacted] and [redacted] the President suffered what one of his aides called "a very minor seizure" and as a result of this, the President has a very difficult time following any unscripted conversations. For this reason, his staff carefully and aggressively protect the President from "unexpected" questions that he is not capable of answering."
(Only can say that we would have heard something in the five years I have been there ) (Bush’s little medical problems are not a secret, believe me. I personally have seen him with a vacuous stare on his face and once saw him stagger while en-route to a meeting. Your writer doesn’t say what he does in the White House. Maybe he comes in after hours and polishes the floors or does the blinds.)
"The President takes oral medication at least twice a day according to [redacted] because of an unspecified "indisposition' and this subject is strictly off limits for any casual staff conversation."
(Meds yes, Not True, no one has ever stated that anything that the President does personally, is off limits )(Really? The President, by your writer’s admission, does take drugs. He has to do this at least twice a day according to [redacted] who works in the Presidential outer office. And yes, no one on the staff is permitted to discuss the President or his problems, medical or physical, with “Outsiders” and I have a copy of an official memo on that signed by Rove himself.)
"At one point during a staff conference, the President stood up and began to speak in an unknown language. Mr. Rove was able to stop the President and get him to resume his seat. It was reported by [redacted] that for a period of time (about fifteen minutes) after this incident, the President appeared to be 'somewhat confused and very inarticulate.'"
(Not True, This has been a rumor on the internet for years,) (I have never heard Bush “Talk in Tongues” but my main source was in the room when it happened. Probably your writer was not allowed into senior staff briefings when the President was present.)
"White House staff members report that they rarely see the President during work hours and that when they do, he is generally accompanied by Mr. Rove and almost never either looks at or speaks to members of the staff. He does not appear to recognize many of the staff members and almost all contact with these individuals are carried out by his close aides, especially by Mr. Rove."
(In Fact Not True, He tries to greet most Whitehouse staff Daily, I get a Afternoon every once and a while )(If Bush greets staff daily, I have yet to hear about it. As I said, he is chaperoned by senior staff and looks like a man who is visiting another planet when he moves around. Bush is such a haughty bastard that I can’t see him giving a lowly staffer ‘an Afternoon’ and what does that consist of? Bush sitting down with a GS 2 over tea and cucumber sandwiches and discussing the WMDs he’s about to fly into Iraq just before the election?)
“Bush hold as few meetings with the public, including the press, as possible. We get reams of official papers informing us of this or that new directive. Those of us who have an inside track with the staff are taken to dinner and given the questions to ask Bush. These are questions he has been thoroughly briefed on and has memorized the answers for. Anyone who persists in pushing the envelope gets a rocket from the Rove people and does not get invited back.”
(Some of this is True, But has been since JFK )(Well, here we have some confirmation, don’t we? Bush’s “Press Conferences” remind me of the old Howdy Doody shows. When he is led into the room with an army of aides, Bush looks like a scared kid going on stage for his first school play in which he plays the rabbit. Believe me, these are rigidly controlled events and you had better not upset Rove’s apple cart while Bush is stumbling through a speech. [Redacted] said to two of us last week that Bush is having a bad time now even reading from the prompter. The opinion here is that whatever he has is progressive,)
“Most of the staff are young, dedicated, almost fanatical, and very, very Christian. The Ten Commandments are in each and every office with nice pictures of Jesus accompanying them. I have chatted up a few of these bright-faced kids and find out that they Love Jesus, Hate Gays, Abortionists, Moslems, Blacks, Catholics, some Jews, all Democrats, Liberals, Hindus, Chinese, Frenchmen, Germans, and now, Spaniards.”
(Not True, First of all I am a 41 yr old, half Cuban, Non Religious Male with a Jewish Grandmother, and A-Political, with no party affiliation. There are some really open Christian staffers but the writer fails here, he is writing with out knowledge of the Christian beliefs or the makeup of the Staffers in the Whitehouse. I counted Monday and Tuesday, all ethnic backgrounds. Here is what I have found - 13% Black, 14% Hispanic, 5% Chinese/Asian, 7% Mid-Asia (Persian or Indian), 7% Jewish, 4% Mid-Eastern, 2%American Indian 48% European) Some I was able to tell ethnicity, some people I know well, some I had to ask, and I admit I guessed on a few.
n I have showed this article to several Sr. Staffers and the NSA Asst. Director (just incase this paragraph may constitute as a hate crime ) most likely just an idiot…(This is a good one. Here we have a low rank staffer doing demographics on the staff and telling you that I don’t know about the CHRISTIAN backgrounds of other staffers. Well, I admit I don’t go around asking about Jesus but that is all you can hear in the canteen and around the offices. Your man hasn’t commented on all the large colored pictures of Christ in all the private offices nor the posted copies of the Ten Commandments in all the private offices. Oh my! Our boy has actually reported me to the NSA people for, My God! A hate crime! Well, this shows you where he is coming from. I have just profaned his little tin God and he is stamping his footsies with anger. His own ethnic background (I don’t recall discussing ethnic backgrounds but perhaps he has a guilty conscience or is an exhibitionist) is not of any concern. We aren’t discussing race here but a brain-damaged President and his staff full of Pentecostal idiots.)
“There are daily parades of born-agains into the White House, all chanting the praises of the Lord and Bush, in that order of course. Most of them want all abortionists hung along with gays (the Beltway and the Pentagon would be empty) and godless Muslims and Buddhists. Orwell would have loved this place! Yesterday [redacted] told me in strict confidence of course, that if Diebold didn’t reelect George, the Lord would. They all wear miniature US flags on their clothes but under the lapels they have “hidden tokens of the True Faith” and they flip their lapels with knowing smiles when they meet another True Believer.”
(I had heard the Condoleezza Rice was laughing hysterically over this part, again this shows the real agenda of this article, this man is a Bigot and an idiot) (I am a bigot and an idiot? Listen, if your writer actually works in the White House and doesn’t just walk past it on his way to rake the leaves in Lafayette Park down the street, he had better take a course in writing. I have seen better literary skills from my son’s fourth grade class than this joker produces. He has heard that Rice was laughing? Look, believe it that after my little comments ended up on your site that there was major fecal matter flying around the White House. Questions were asked of everyone, computers were checked out, phone logs read through and the press was subject to subtle questions. I believe your writer will get the sack for writing to you. The one thing these nazis will not tolerate is for one of their own to break ranks and staffers are forbidden to discuss any White House activity outside the White House. I can get away with it because I am not a government employee.)
“In previous administrations, reporters assigned to the White House press corps were very often permitted to speak briefly with the President, either at his request or ours. In the present White House, no one outside of Bush’s personal staff is ever permitted to question him or to speak with him in any other setting than a general press conference (of which he has held only three in four years!). The President enters the briefing room, surrounded by aides. He gives a set speech. Specific questions, known in advance, are asked by favored reporters. The President gives brief answers and then leaves the stage with no other questions ever permitted.”
(Some of this is True, But only specific reporters have had access to any president, nothing new here, always like this) (Here we have some more confirmation. If you are not a 100% Bush supporter or, more important, if your employer is not, you don’t get near George W. All of the Q & A during the “Press Conferences” that are televised are scripted in advance with in-house press members given specific questions to ask, questions George is fully primed to answer. They will not recognize a hands up from any member of the press who is not in the script.)
“[Redacted] has told us that Bush is irrationally fearful of a terrorist attack (as is Cheney) and like Cheney, spends a lot of his time in the White House underground air raid bunker, built years before during the Cold War.”
(Technically true, but there is no longer an underground coldwar air raid shelter under the Whitehouse, True, they do not spend a lot of time together, but this is a common procedure during a time of war. )
(There is such a shelter and I have seen the armored door that covers the entrance to the corridor leading to it. This is always under military guard. Bush spends a lot of time down there because he is scared the Arabs will blow up the White House. Scuttlebutt here says, pretty unanimous indeed, that Cheney (who is a weird one at best) spends all of his time in a bunker just outside of the Beltway. They think this is a secret but it isn’t. By the way, maybe your writer would like to comment on this bit: Cheney had his annual medical checkup recently but no one will release the findings. His heart problems are so bad that he could peg out at any time. Since he runs the President, this would be a disaster. Imagine, what would Bush do if Cheney died? He would be without his own, real Father. He’d probably declare war on the Eskimos because of all their oil.)
“I heard Karl Rove say last week (week of March 22nd) that the President never read anything but the Bible. Rove is even more religious than Bush and when the President was drying out from a lifetime of very heavy drinking, Rove got him involved with CBS. No, not the television network but Christian Bible Studies. Bush will do nothing without first consulting Rove and the Bible…in that order. He does not like his father because he felt bullied by him as a young man. Bush Sr. used to criticize Jr. for his serious and chronic drinking and dismal grades at Yale (D-.)”
(NOT True, I know for a fact that he just finished, “Supreme Command” by Eliot Cohen) (Now this is know is nonsense. No one connected with the White House, be it press or staff, has ever seen Bush read anything and he himself is on record as stating that he never reads anything. He also said, and I looked this up, that he depends entirely on his staffers for any information. He might read children’s books to little kids when he is hiding out from 9/11 but I personally have no knowledge of Bush being any kind of a reader. He does not get daily newspapers, almost never watches television and one of my better connected colleagues who actually meets with Bush once in a while, says that you cannot, and must not, discuss anything with him other than the weather, his dogs or baseball.)
I am tired, and frankly I am somewhat disgusted with this whole article. I have seen a lot of hate of Clinton in the past, I had to write similar rebuts on Republican sites defending the Clinton “Presidency” no the man, I am doing the same here, I must, I work for The President of the United States, not the Man.
I must say, I find your Hate for the Man 10 fold over the Republican Hate for Clinton, and more so your hate of Christians. And I am disgusted with the lies and slander
That you publish as fact, just to tarnish a man and a presidency. I find that un-American. (Un-American? Give me a break, bozo! In case you were unaware of it, this is the United States and we do have freedom of speech here. Lucky Senator McCarthy is dead or I might be investigated for being Un-American! I guess by his definition, all Democrats are Un-American and tbr news certainly has to be Un-American because of all the things you publish. Just keep it up and ignore the real bigots.)
Good Night Sir.
Controlling the News: Excerpts added since April 28th, 2004
Controlling the News Part 38
Last updated 30/06/2004