White House spokesman Tony Fratto received a series of questions about Iraq during today's press briefing, and the deputy press secretary used an interesting phrase more than once. (Think Progress has the video.)
Q: Also, how does this latest violence in Iraq and the latest uncertainty about what's going on color the Petraeus-Crocker testimony this time around? [ ... ]
Fratto: Well, I think we've thrown out all of the rose-colored glasses in how we look at Iraq, and try to look at it through clear lenses as to what is actually going on in the country.
And then again, a few minutes later, after a question about Iraqis protesting the American troop presence in Iraq, Fratto added, "Like I said, we threw out the rose-colored glasses. I think we have a very clear-eyed view of what's happening in Baghdad."
I'd just add that hearing Fratto today, I kept thinking that I've heard the White House use this phrase before. And then I remembered.
Now, however, the White House wants us to believe the White House was looking at Iraq though rose-colored glasses, Snow's protests notwithstanding, but they've since been "thrown out."
That's good to know, but it sounds like one White House spokesperson believes a previous White House spokesperson perhaps didn't know what he was talking about.