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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.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  August 27, 2007; 6:27 PM ET
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Their like rats leaving a sinking ship. Too bad we had to endure two terms in office. Hopefully the pro-life Christian right learned their lesson. They voted these people in to save unborn babies and sacraficed our young men and women in Iraq for the cause. Abortion is still legal. Your sacrafice was for nothing. Stupid. Pro-life means pro-life. You don't elect war mongers if your pro-life.

Posted by: TM | August 28, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

A reluctant resignation from Gonzales is the sign of Americans' strong voice of their disapproval towards the Bush administration. It is no surprise to anyone that our president and his administration have stirred and cause scandals within White House and hid truth from the American public. Similar to the dealings with the war in Iraq, this administration has been feeding lies to the public. Now the war has proven to be a failure and is causing more violence, terror and poverty in this world. According to the Borgen Project, it only takes $19 billion dollars annually to eradicate world hunger and poverty. However, our government has already spent more than $450 billion dollars over this fruitless war in Iraq. It is time for the Bush Administration to take a real interest in the lives of the American people as well as people who are in desperate needs around the world.

Posted by: Mstessyrue | August 28, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

i bet the wimminfolk had to follow 20 yards behind in their carts, too....

Posted by: b | August 28, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Mstessyrue, formerly known as Erica, $19 billion may be all that is required, IF it could be distributed directly to those who need it. The UN and all of the nations involved would create bureaucracies to administer such a program. The costs for overpaid bureaucrats and associated criminal elements in many corrupt governments will siphon off vast amounts to make such a program much more expensive than $450 billion a year. Don't be so simple minded and think realistically about how the world actually works.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

My sympathies go out to old man Bush,
I wonder how he feels that his son will be
remembered as one of the worst Presidents
in the history of the U.S.
George will be remembered as V.P. Agnew is remembered.

Posted by: MS | August 29, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. President Bush is hated by the Democrats and that is not news. It is old stuff by now. It sounds more like a verbal civil war, with Democrats firing their big mouths at Bush, like payback for all the investigation under the Clinton regime.

With Paul Clement coming on as the Acting AG, and even Chuck Shumer saying that he likes him, it seems the Olive Branch is coming out. Unless the Bush phobia continues and the partisans keep hoisting their pitchforks. This hatred stuff has to end some time or our nation will never recover. Do you think Hillary will unite our nation if she becomes President? Nope, the Bill Clinton hatred will be transfered to her and we all know it. Karl Rove was right that she is at the highest negatives of any other Democrat running for president.

In order to end the Bush hatred and the Clinton hatred, the voters on boths sides need a fresh face and a fresh start.

Posted by: Diane | August 29, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: philip_riggio | August 29, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Teeing off one day, tuning up the next:

Alberto Gonzalez, Ousted Attorneys Form Super Group

Posted by: MistyD | August 30, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Nika | November 10, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

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