Your Preznit’s Mental Problems

From Holden:

I don’t usually blog on weekends, but I just had to do a post on Chimpy’s WaPo interview.

You’ve probably already read about his claim that as he won the November election no one should be held accountable for losing his War on Iraq.

But you may not have read this exchange, which calls into question his memory if not his mental state.

The Post: Will you talk to Senate Democrats about your privatization plan?

THE PRESIDENT: You mean, the personal savings accounts?

The Post: Yes, exactly. Scott has been —

THE PRESIDENT: We don’t want to be editorializing, at least in the questions.

The Post: You used partial privatization yourself last year, sir.


The Post: Yes, three times in one sentence. We had to figure this out, because we’re in an argument with the RNC [Republican National Committee] about how we should actually word this. [Post staff writer] Mike Allen, the industrious Mike Allen, found it.

THE PRESIDENT: Allen did what now?

The Post: You used partial privatization.

THE PRESIDENT: I did, personally?

The Post: Right.


The Post: To describe it.

THE PRESIDENT: When, when was it?

The Post: Mike said it was right around the election.


The Post: It was right around the election. We’ll send it over.

THE PRESIDENT: I’m surprised. Maybe I did. It’s amazing what happens when you’re tired. Anyway, your question was? I’m sorry for interrupting.

It should not be too surprising that Chimpy tries to claim that he never mentioned privatization only to be caught in a lie. But combine that exchange with what followed, in which new White House communications director Nicolle Devenish and Little Scottie have to take on the role of Nancy Reagan opposite a doddering Ronnie.

The Post: So have you talked to Senate Democrats about this?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I have talked to Senate Democrats, and I will continue to talk to Senate Democrats. And I’ll continue —

The Post: Did you —

THE PRESIDENT: We had a meeting with — I think before Christmas we had the leadership in, didn’t we?

MS. DEVENISH [Nicolle Devenish, the White House communications director]: That was Republicans.

MR. McCLELLAN: For Social Security?


MR. McCLELLAN: The bipartisan meeting at the end of last year, toward the end of last year.

THE PRESIDENT: And before we went on the Christmas break?


THE PRESIDENT: It was right after, I think Harry –[Senate Minority Leader] Harry Reid was there, I know for certain. I’m trying to remember — I can’t remember all who were there. But, yes, I have, and will continue to do so, and continue to speak to the people.

Scary, no?