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They Said What?

Tuesday, Jun. 03, 2008 3:45 AM

Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to make a major speech sometime tonight; whether or not that will be a straightforward and gracious concession of the nomination to Barack Obama has yet to be seen.

Gracious certainly doesn't describe Bill Clinton's opinion of Vanity Fair writer Todd Purdum, who Clinton blasted as being 'sleazy,' 'dishonest,' 'slimy,' and 'a scumbag.'

Now, I don't know Purdum's work from fish-wrap, but that's a little over the top, and brings to mind President Bush's campaign-trail gaffe of calling a New York Times reporter 'a major-league asshole' over an open mic.

The Clinton campaign has apologized for the former president's remarks.

From 'gracious,' we go to Vice President Dick Cheney's awkward attempt at humor in a speech before the National Press Club.

Recounting the anecdote of how he and Barack Obama are actually distant cousins, Cheney also pointed out that there are Cheneys on both his father's and mother's side.

"So I had Cheneys on both sides of the family and we don't even live in West Virginia," he joked.

Cheney's spokeswoman has since issued a statement that says the Vice President recognizes it was an inappropriate remark for which he apologizes.

But the winner in today's 'They Said What?' contest has to be President George W. Bush.

In yet another memoir that casts the Bush Administration in an unfavorable light, Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, former commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, calls the war, "... a strategic blunder of historic proportions. It became painfully obvious that the executive branch of our government did not trust its military. It relied instead on a neoconservative ideology developed by men and women with little, if any, military experience."

The capper, though, is Sanchez' recollection of Bush's response to the death of four contractors in Fallujah.

"Kick ass! If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them! We must be tougher than hell! This Vietnam stuff, this is not even close. It is a mind-set. We can't send that message. It's an excuse to prepare us for withdrawal," Bush said. "There is a series of moments and this is one of them. Our will is being tested, but we are resolute. We have a better way. Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them! Be confident! Prevail! We are going to wipe them out! We are not blinking!"

The White House has not offered any comment.

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