Bush receiving messages from Mars

By Tim Grieve
Published October 13, 2004 11:01PM (EDT)

This just in: The president is an alien.

Bush campaign manager Ken Mehlman was deep into his pre-debate spin with a group of reporters in Tempe this afternoon when he was asked about the bulge on Bush's back. "I didn't see it, I didn't pay attention to it, "Mehlman said. "I was amused to hear that someone thought it was a transmitter."

Mehlman kept saying he doesn't know what people saw in the suit, and he started joking about whether his own suit had a bulge. A reporter cut him off and asked: "Who knows what it is?" Mehlman responded: "I do not know. I will try to find out and tell you."

Pressed for a "legitimate explanation," Mehlman said: "The president is an alien. You heard it here first. The president is an alien. That's your quote of the day. He has been getting information from Mars. The shock of the debate will be the president's alien past will be exposed, which is why that box is there."

When Mehlman was done laughing, War Room asked him why the White House or the Bush-Cheney campaign won't come clean about what caused the bulge. "I have to tell you, I really don't know the answer to the question. We will try to find out the answer. I honestly don't know the answer to that question. I did not notice the box. As a guy that buys suits off the rack, I'm used to suits that don't fit right. If I were in your business, I'd be able to get tailored suits."

We'll be waiting for Mehlman to get back to us. In the meantime, we also put the question to Bush-Cheney spokesman Steve Schmidt and RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie: Why not put the story to rest by saying what caused the bulge? Both men laughed, Schmidt said "stop," and then they walked away.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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