Why?

WHY?….By now everyone and his dog has heard about President Bush’s claim that his staff had nothing to do with the “Mission Accomplished” sign aboard the aircraft carrier last May:

The “Mission Accomplished” sign, of course, was put up by the members of the USS Abraham Lincoln, saying that their mission was accomplished. I know it was attributed some how to some ingenious advance man from my staff — they weren’t that ingenious, by the way.

He deserves every bit of snark he gets for this ridiculous contention, but I still have a question: why?

Bush knows perfectly well that his staff managed every last detail of the carrier speech, and he knows perfectly well that every reporter at the press conference yesterday also knows it. So why engage in such a trivial and obvious lie? He must have realized that the only result would be a barrage of sarcastic stories saying that he was fibbing once again.

So what was the point? Or do you think it’s possible that he really doesn’t know what his own communications staff does?