Gates, Rumsfeld, and Bush's "Truth Issues"

| Fri Nov. 10, 2006 4:28 AM EST

Granted, in the annals of Bush lies, it's no standout -- but still, there's something weird about the way this one is just slipping by. Except for this fabulous Howard Kurtz/WashPost headline: "President's Evasion Raises Truth Issues." It does, doesn't it?

Six days before the election, Bush told three wire-service reporters in an interview that Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney were doing "fantastic" jobs.

"You see them staying with you until the end?" asked Terence Hunt of the Associated Press.

"I do," Bush replied.

"So you're expecting Rumsfeld, Secretary Rumsfeld, to stay on the rest of your time here?" asked Steve Holland of Reuters.

"Yes, I am," the president said.