Bush says nothing
So here's what the man finally said after days of suspense: "This is a serious investigation." Duh! And? "I will be more than happy to comment on this matter once this investigation is complete." That's so Scott McClellan of you, Mr. President.
What else? "I also will not prejudge the investigation based on media reports." Surely a phenomenon that would be impossible for someone who does not read these so-called media reports, also known to include newspapers.
The most Zen moment of the AP report, however, belongs to Rove, who "sat stoically behind Bush during the questions about his involvement."
Various anonymous sources were shocked that Bush did not "express confidence" in his Svengali-in-chief. But as Timothy Noah of Slate.com notes, a public vote of confidence from a sitting president is a bit like a conversation with a lover that begins with: "You know I really love you ..." It's only a matter of time until that nasty little "but" smacks you upside your head.
Noah's latest installment of the "Rove Death Watch" is more optimistic given this extravagant display of love from the "little wifey," which was part of today's version of the McClellan roast:
Q: Scott, from Africa, Mrs. Bush says, Karl Rove is a very good friend of mine; I've known him for years. And she's not going to speculate on any other part of the case. Well, does the President feel the same way about Karl Rove, the relationship with Karl Rove, a very good friend for many years?
A: Yes, he does.He loves him, he loves him not. Thus is the essence of political punditry.