Today, President Bush confirmed that photos exist which document a relationship between him and Jack Abramoff. But Bush refused to release the photos. Instead, he engaged in a dizzying discourse about what the existence of those pictures mean. Watch the highlights:
Bush’s spin contradicts subtantial evidence indicating Bush knew Abramoff personally:
1) The Washingtonian reports that Abramoff knew Bush intimately. “[N]ot only did [Abramoff] know the President, but the President knew the names of Abramoff’s children and asked about them during their meetings. At one such photo session, Bush discussed the fact that both he and Abramoff were fathers of twins.”
2) Bush suggests he only met Abramoff at big holiday receptions. But we know he met privately with Abramoff and his client in May 2001 at the White House. TIME magazine has seen a photo of the meeting.
3) by virtue of raising more than $100,000, Abramoff obtained the title of Bush “Pioneer.” As a “Pioneer,” Abramoff was a member of an elite club of donors that received special treatment and access to many presidential events.