Whopper of the Week: George W. Bush
Dubya bad-mouths Clinton to the Brits.
"Somebody told me there's a story floating around that somehow I am blaming the Clinton administrationfor what's going on in the Middle East right now. … I appreciate what President Clinton tried to do. He tried to bring peace to the Middle East."
—George W. Bush, at an April 6 press conference in Crawford, Texas with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
"Well, we've tried summits in the past, as you may remember. It wasn't all that long ago where a summit was called and nothing happened, and as a result we had significant intifada in the area."
—George W. Bush, in an interview with Britain's ITV, as reported by the Associated Press's Ron Fournier on April 5.
(Thanks to reader Zafar Sobhan.)
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April 11, 2002: The Rev. Robert J. Banks, archdiocese of Boston
April 5, 2002: George W. Bush
Mar. 29, 2002: Major League Baseball
Mar. 21, 2002: Billy Graham
Mar. 14, 2002: INS commissioner James W. Ziglar
Mar. 8, 2002: Robert Zoellick and the U.S. steel industry
Feb. 28, 2002: Al Sharpton
Feb. 22, 2002: Olympic skating judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne
Feb. 14, 2002: Kenneth Lay
Feb. 8, 2002: Enron spokeswoman Peggy Mahoney
Jan. 31, 2002: Monsanto
Jan. 24, 2002: Linda Chavez
Jan. 17, 2002: George W. Bush
Jan. 10, 2002: Simon & Schuster
Jan. 4, 2002: The Associated Press
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Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.