Breath of Fresh Air Open mouth. Insert loafer.
In a stunning (well, really, is it?) admission, chief White House flack Ari Fleischer 'fessed up yesterday: President Bush didn't actually read a 268-page federal report that blamed global warming on oil refineries, cars and people.
Still, his boss dissed the report last week.
"I read the report put out by the bureaucracy," Bush said, before reiterating his opposition to the international Kyoto treaty on global warming that the U.S. refuses to sign.
"Whenever Presidents say they read it, you can read that to be he was briefed," Fleischer answered when asked if Bush had read the report.
Then he suddenly realized that, perhaps, he had been just a tad too frank and open.
"I've enjoyed working here, thank you," he told the White House gaggle of reporters to hoots of laughter.