Clinton still ‘the president’?

By Les Kinsolving

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At today’s White House press briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer about the loyalty of a Democratic congressman and about a perceived double standard in the way President Bush advises Israel on fighting terror.

WND: Ari, at a Baltimore Kathleen Kennedy Townsend for governor rally on Friday, attended by former President Clinton, the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings, a Democrat, announced – and this is a quote, I heard it – “I still consider him” –

FLEISCHER: Were you there?

WND: Yes, I was there.

FLEISCHER: At a Townsend fund-raiser?

WND: I was covering it.

FLEISCHER: Oh, OK. (Laughter.)

WND: “I still consider him” – that is Clinton – “the president,” with which Mrs. Townsend and Sens. Sarbanes, Mikulski and Baltimore Mayor O’Malley expressed no disagreement. And my question: Does the president believe that Congressman Cummings, who took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, was loyal to that oath when in this statement at a college, Cummings disregarded the Constitution’s presidential term limitations? And I have a follow-up.

FLEISCHER: Les, I haven’t heard the Congressman’s statements. I’m sure your translation of it is entirely accurate, but –

WND: Well, I was there and – so help me – and it was reported by the Sun. Now, he said that. Does the president believe that’s loyal to –

FLEISCHER: Les, if I were to answer your question, then I would be changing my standard on Zbigniew Brzezinksi’s question. And since I have not heard what they have said, I always, as press secretary, as you know, want to take a look at the context in which any remark was made before I comment. I appreciate the opportunity, but until I see what is said, it’s best not to comment.

WorldNetDaily then posed a question suggested by a reader on the MR. PRESIDENT! forum.

WND: How is it that the president can stand up against an evil attack on our citizens, vow to track down and prosecute to the fullest extent those who are found responsible, and turn around and tell another nation, Israel, that it’s not a good idea if they wish to do the same?

FLEISCHER: Les, as you heard, the president addressed this issue with Ariel Sharon in the Oval Office, and I’m not sure that your comparison is apt.


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