The president is still laughing

As the death toll rises, the president jokes about the way his administration tried to discredit criticism of his path to war.

Published November 2, 2005 4:39PM (EST)

From Wonkette comes word that George W. Bush still has his sense of humor.

At a round-table interview with foreign journalists yesterday, a reporter asked the president about something "sources in the government" had said about Argentina and the International Monetary Fund. Bush interrupted: "Please don't tell me that the government leaks secrets about conversations to the --." The reporter said that he did indeed have sources. "You do?" the president asked. "OK, well, I'm not going to ask you who they are, of course ... Inside joke here, for my team."

One hates to be heavy-handed, but sometimes it's hard to resist: On the same day the president was joking about the way his "team" tried to undercut criticism of his rush to war, a U.S. Marine and a U.S. sailor were killed when their vehicle was struck by an IED in Ramadi, Iraq. As of today, the U.S. death toll in Iraq stands at 2,032.

Hilarious, isn't it?

By Tim Grieve

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

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