‘The Eternal General Alberto Gonzales.’

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"‘The Eternal General Alberto Gonzales.’"

During remarks at a Cinco de Mayo ceremony at the White House, President Bush referred to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the Eternal General. NPR’s Don Gonyea reported on the incident with audio of Bush’s remarks:

The President’s comments came during an early Cinco de Mayo ceremony on the South lawn of the White House. While introducing assorted dignitaries in attendance, Mr. Bush modified the Attorney General’s title. BUSH: ‘I’m honored to be here with the eternal general of the United States, mi amigo Alberto Gonzales.’ He called him the eternal general. The president may have just slipped up, after all he is well-known as a public speaker prone to mangling the text on his page or maybe it’s another signal to those calling for Gonzalez to resign that if the president has his way, Alberto Gonzalez will be the Attorney General for a long time to come.

UPDATE: Watch the video:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/05/eternalgeneral.320.240.flv]

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