So there goes Bush's most faithful and trusted chief of staff, Andy Card. We can probably expect sometime in the months ahead his dear consigliere will be awarded a presidential medal of freedom.
I wonder if the presidential medal of freedom is a metaphor for finding the head of your prized race horse in your bed as a kind of friendly reminder that "silence is golden"?
Well, we may never know exactly what words Andy Card imparted to the president in Booker Elementary the morning of 9/11. Certainly, the photos of those few moments of him whispering into his ear and the twisted presidential facial contortions as he sat there for the next several minutes afterwards will leave many of us speculating all the way to our graves.
Maybe it went something like this:
"There's been a second plane accident at the World Trade Center. Cheney and Rummy have everything under control. Just try to collect your wits and stay calm. Give us a few minutes to prep Air Force One. We're gonna take the afternoon to fly around a bit before we go to Nebraska. Don't worry, there'll be no press corps asking tough questions while you're on that plane!"
But that still would raise more questions than it answers, wouldn't it?