Bush granted Kristol advance preview of Iraq speech.

In a Weekly Standard column published today, conservative columnist William Kristol reveals that President Bush invited him over to the White House to “preview the Iraq speech he’s giving today.” Kristol breaks the rules of journalistic ethics in order to emphasize Bush’s grieving during Tuesday’s Medal of Honor ceremony and paint a hagiographic picture of the President:

I’ll violate the off-the-record rules in order to convey the tenor of the president’s lengthy response. He explained how difficult it had been for him to keep his composure. … And he had a certain amount of steel in his voice when he then reiterated his determination not to allow the sacrifices of our fighting men and women to have been made in vain.