An April Fool in March (4/10/2007)

Photo by Mark Wilson of Getty Images shows how Ford Motor Prez Prevented Shrub from Becoming Buring Bush and Cheney from becoming a Crispy Critter.


Erinnern Sie das Luftschiff Hindenburg, Mein Fuhrer! (Ins Deutsche Ich übersetze mit das Wörterbuch Leo und mit die Verbe Konjugator Gremple.)

Shakespeare’s Sister, AKA Melissa McEwan (email), posted this picture to her blog under the title, “Caution, Genius at Work” yesterday.

I just looked it up on the White House website and on March 26, the White House issued its press release, “President Bush Participates in Demonstration of Alternative Fuel Vehicles with CEOs of Ford, General Motors and Daimler Chrysler.”

Alan Mulally (bio) , Ford Motor Company‘s president and CEO who came from the Boeing Company in September 2006, gave the keynote address at an April 4 breakfast for journalists and p.r. types from the International Motor Press Association at the New York International Automobile Show.

That might be where those cards at the Detroit News, Bryce G. Hoffman (email) and Louis Aguilar (email) heard him and decided to lead off the business roundup this past Saturday, April 7, with “Plug it in, fire it up, Mr. President,” revealing how the automaker arranged for an electrical outlet to be installed on the South Lawn at the White House to run a charging cord to the hydrogen-electric plug-in hybrid. Mulally told the NYIAS breakfast crowd he followed Bush out to the car and noticed someone had left the cord lying at the rear of the vehicle, near the fuel tank.

I just thought, “Oh my goodness!” So, I started walking faster, and the President walked faster and he got to the cord before I did. I violated all the protocols. I touched the President. I grabbed his arm and I moved him up to the front. I wanted the president to make sure he plugged into the electricity, not into the hydrogen This is all off the record, right?

Wonder if the truck was safer?


While I’m in a silly, snarky mood, here’s a Republican two-fer both related to Ambassadors:

  • recipe for Pork Delay from Lambert Strether (email) at Corrente (the Portuguese word for Brazilian town and river or which refers to the force which flows through the room and is sustained by mediums and meditators or on a more mundane level, an electric or ocean current, a metal chain or the political ideology of a specific group.) In the literary world, “Strether” is the protagonist of The Ambassadors by that depictor of the phantasmagoric, Henry James. His novel’s name, by the way, is also that of a soul band (sound samples )from Philly from whence Strether hails. Hm-m-m.

Swift, of course was inspired by Fox’s February 27 nomination hearing (partial transcript via Bob Geiger–email) before the Senatte Foreign Relations Committee, when John Kerry (D-MA) asked,

President Bush said that he thought that my service was honorable and they shouldn’t be questioning it. Yet, even when your own candidate does that, you saw fit to put $50,000 on the line to continue to smear. My question to you is, why? When you say you couldn’t have known, these were people very publicly condemning it. How could you not have known?

And Fox, despite his now unapologetic posturing, meekly answered,

I just — Mr. Senator, when I’m asked, I just generally give.

And speaking of Bush and Ambassador Sam, here’s the AP story which ran in USA Today: “White House withdraws ambassador nominee” by Sam Hananel, Associated Press.

I’m amused over the inconsistency of Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Government Reform Committee, which would have been responsible for Susan Dudley’s confirmation. His spokeswoman, Leslie Phillips, released the following statement, as cited by Matt Madia at OMB Watch in his April 5 entry, “Lieberman Unhappy with Bush Choice to Bypass Senate on Dudley “:

The Administration’s decision to recess appoint Susan Dudley shows disrespect for the advise and consent responsibilities of the U.S. Senate and for the American people, on whose behalf the Senate acts. The power to recess appoint should not be used to avoid any scrutiny of Presidential nominees. Senator Lieberman was proceeding with Ms. Dudley’s nomination, and there has been no suggestion that she would be denied an up-or-down vote in the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Hartford Courant’s Washington Bureau Chief David Lightman writes that date in “Dodd Asks Congress To Investigate Fox Appointment” that Lieberman’s spokesman Marshall Wittmann said that the senator,

regrets that partisan politics prevented Sam Fox from being confirmed through the regular Senate process. “The Senator is confident that Mr. Fox will make an excellent American Ambassador to Belgium.

And, of course, back at that February hearing, Lieberman said,

I’m honored to call Sam Fox my friend. I appreciate his friendship. And I’m honored to ask you to send him to Brussels as our next ambassador.

This putative Democrat is good friends with Fox, a Bush Pioneer, who not only gave to the Swift Boat Veterans, but is a founding member of the advisory committee of the Scooter Libby Defense Trust? I bring you the link for his mention via the Way Back Machine with the site bio via Gigablast, since all mention of Fox on thoses pages disappeared recently from Google cache. Since I’m not familiar with how long things last at Gigablast, I’ll cite the bio in full here (the links are mine, not Libby’s):

Sam Fox is chairman, chief executive officer, and founder of of Harbour Group, Ltd., a privately owned company with a remarkable record of success in acquiring and building high-quality companies. A leader of the St. Louis business community, Mr. Fox has been president of The St. Louis Art Museum Board of Commissioners, president of the Greater St. Louis Area Council Boy Scouts of America, and chairman of the United Way. He is an emeritus member of the board of trustees of Washington University, and recently served as chairman of the public phase of the university’s capital campaign. In 2003 he was named St. Louis’ Citizen of the Year by past recipients of that award. He has or is currently serving on the boards of Civic Progress, BJC Hospital, Opera Theater of St. Louis, St. Louis Municipal Opera, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, and others. He and his wife, Marilyn, who is also active in civic affairs, have five children. The entire family is recognized for their leadership in the St. Louis philanthropic community through the Fox Family Foundation.

The latter is run by his daughter Cheri Fox, who has a Masters Degree in Public Health and like Pattie and Michael Reagan, seems not as bad as her old man. Unlike her brothers Jeffrey Jand Gregory, who are both listed, along with their father, in White House for Sale’s profiles of Bush Rangers and Pioneers. See, also, Texans for Public Justice’s donor profiles from 2004.



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