President Bush really likes Mike Nifong
The Monday morning after President Bush appeared on 60 Minutes, I was lucky enough to be delivering some paperwork to the Oval Office when the President was sitting around with cabinet members and staffers discussing the show. I had the opportunity to sit in for a while.
VICE-PRESIDENT CHENEY: You were brilliant last night, Mr. President. I expect the American public will DEMAND that we surge our forces in Iraq.
PRESIDENT BUSH: I sure hope so. You don't think I came across a bit nervous-looking last night? You know I hate talking to reporters — even if I have all their questions in advance and answers printed out for me to read.
CHENEY: You were fantastic.
BUSH: You know who really is fantastic. That Mike Nifong fella.
SECRETARY GATES: You mean the prosecutor in the Duke rape case? That Durham district attorney?
BUSH: Yep. I was watching the Duke story after my interview. You know, you had those weepy parents of the accused rapists.
GATES: Actually, the rape charges have been dropped against the Duke defendants. The alleged victim recanted her story.
BUSH: Yeah, I know. And still that Nifong fella ain't about to let those Duke boys off the hook. He's like a dog on a stew bone. That's the kind of prosecutor we need down in Gitmo.
GATES: I don't understand, sir.
BUSH: Well, we got us cages full of potential terrorists down in Gitmo but we don't have a timbleful of evidence against most of them. We need someone who can move forward without evidence, without regard to rights and civil liberties.
CHENEY: I think you've really got something there. Did you think of this yourself?
BUSH: Sure did. You know, I bet this Nifong fella could build me a treason case against that Nancy Pelosi and few other Democrats. Get me that Nifong fella on the phone.
At that point, someone asked for a coffee and I had to leave.