“COMPLETELY ENGAGED”….Dan Froomkin says that a funny thing happened after AP released that video yesterday of George Bush sitting glassy-eyed through a pre-Katrina briefing about the upcoming devastation:
Apparently as a rejoinder to the new video, the White House yesterday suddenly sent around a transcript that it previously said didn’t exist, from a conference call on the following day. It includes a second-hand account of Bush’s activities from Michael Brown, the Bush-appointed FEMA director who later resigned in disgrace, describing the president as engaged, watching TV and asking questions.
White House spokesman Trent Duffy said this yesterday: “I hope people don’t draw conclusions from the president getting a single briefing. He received multiple briefings from multiple officials, and he was completely engaged at all times.”
Really? That’s what Bush is like when he’s completely engaged? Duffy might want to think a little harder before he says stuff like that in the future.
In any case, how about releasing all the transcripts of White House conversations regarding Katrina during the first few days of the disaster? Or does executive privilege only count for stuff that makes the president look bad?