Bush's friend er, acquaintance Kenny boy Lay

Bush has been trying to distance himself from "Kenny Boy" Lay, of course, but this can only happen with a press that's either woefully lazy or perhaps unaware of this handy new thing called Google.

From CAP:


REPORTER: "The President was [Ken Lay's] friend..."
SNOW: "No, the President has described Ken Lay as an acquaintance, and many of the President’s acquaintances have passed on during his time in office."

-- Press Secretary Tony Snow, 7/5/06, distancing President Bush from Ken Lay on the day of Lay's death
Versus:
"One of the sad things about old friends is that they seem to be getting older -- just like you! ... Laura and I value our friendship with you. ... Your younger friend, George W. Bush."

-- Letter from then-Gov. Bush to his "friend" Ken Lay, 4/17/97
Lay was a Pioneer -- a bundler of at least $100,000 to the Bush/Cheney 2000 campaign. I'd like "acquaintances" like that.

And it looks like Snow's subterfuge didn't work. The president called Lay "a good guy," in a Larry King interview. Well, tell that to Rita Hennessy who lost all of her retirement savings or one of the other 4,000 employees who lost their jobs and savings. (CAP)

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