On Tuesday, acting Deputy Attorney General Steven Bradbury told Congress, “The president is always right.” After the remark was widely criticized in the national media, Bradbury was asked about it yesterday by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN). Bradbury said he was trying “to be humorous.” Watch it:
You can watch Bradbury’s initial remarks here.
Full transcript below:
COOPER: Mr. Bradbury, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee released a letter last week saying that he had not been properly informed as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. You’re quoted in the newspaper yesterday as saying that, “The President is always right.” And I hope that’s a misquote, ’cause I’ve never met an infallible human being yet —
BRADBURY: Neither have I, congressman —
COOPER: — with the possible exception of the Pope.
BRADBURY: Neither have I, congressman. I’m glad you brought that up. I guess that just shows I shouldn’t try to be humorous when I’m testifying. That was a tongue-in-cheek comment. Nobody is always right and I certainly didn’t mean to say that other than in humor.