Thursday, December 09, 2004

Arkansas travelers

Sidney Blumenthal reports on the separate tours of the Clinton library that Karl Rove and President Bush got.

Rove had shown keen interest in everything he saw, asked questions, including about costs, obviously thinking about a future George W. Bush library and legacy. "You're not such a scary guy," joked his guide. "Yes, I am," Rove replied. Walking away, he muttered deliberately and loudly: "I change constitutions, I put churches in schools . . ."


Bush appeared distracted, and glanced repeatedly at his watch. When he stopped to gaze at the river, where secret service agents were stationed in boats, the guide said: "Usually, you might see some bass fishermen out there." Bush replied: "A submarine could take this place out."

They stayed for lunch but didn't linger.

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