Bush's Top Speechilist To Step Down
Today's Washington Post reports that Michael J. Gerson will announce his resignation from the Bush Administration in the upcoming weeks. Gerson has been responsible for almost every "scripted" word that has been uttered from President Bush's mouth.
Gerson, as an example, coined the "axis of evil" phrase used in Bush's State of the Union address. It stands to reason that Gerson was the individual ultimately responsible for writing that "Satellite photographs reveal that Iraq is rebuilding facilities at [past nuclear] sites..." in a prepared speech given to the nation in October of 2002. Then there are those infamous sixteen words from the State of the Union address in 2003 - "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
In addition, Time Magazine listed Gerson as #9 on the Top 25 Most Influencial Evangelicals In America. He is perhaps best known by those within the Administration for inserting a language and background of "faith" in the words of President Bush.
Gerson is highly regarded by those around him, which begs a simple question - if Gerson made Bush sound good, how bad is he going to sound now?!?
In honor of Gerson's resignation, we re-present this YouTube Oldie But Goodie:
Cross posted on Pressing The Flesh
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