Out of Camp Bushie, Gonzo Hits The Links
If this was supposed to be a weekend of humiliation and turmoil for Alberto Gonzales, it sure didn't show in his back swing.
On Saturday, not a full day after he secretly tendered his resignation to President Bush, Gonzales joined other "loyal Bushies" (to quote a famous phrase of Gonzalez's former chief of staff) for a round of golf at the tony Chevy Chase Club.
Gonzales went as the guest of longtime Bushie Clay Johnson, the deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget. The connection between Johnson and Gonzales dates back to the president's time in Austin: Johnson, a member of the Chevy Chase Club, was Gov. Bush's chief of staff when Gonzales was top counsel to the governor and future president.
Just minutes after news broke that Gonzales was stepping down, a breathless loyal Sleuthie called to report that the AG was spotted playing golf Saturday with Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice at the exclusive club in Chevy Chase, Md.
Not exactly right, according to White House spokesman Tony Fratto.
He clarified that Gonzales played with the menfolk -- a foursome of Johnson, Gonzales and two other unidentified friends -- while Condi played with Johnson's wife and two other women.
"Al and Condi did not play together," Fratto explained in an e-mail after checking with Johnson on the golf outing.
Unfortunately Johnson, through Fratto, declined to say who had the lower score, Gonzo or Condi, or who had the best shot of the day. No details at all.
Mary Ann Akers
August 27, 2007; 6:27 PM ET
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