When asked about Bush's comments last week that Rumsfeld would be staying, Bush told reporters today that he did not know he was replacing Rumsfeld because "he had not met with his replacement yet".
Let's look at what was reported last week:
President Bush says he wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney to remain in his administration until the end of his presidency.
Essentially Bush just admitted he lied to the press. He said last week Rumsfeld was safe, but admitted today he didn't know Rumsfeld was leaving because "he hadn't met with his replacement yet". Why did he do this? Because he didn't want to bring "politics" into the argument. I am sure the 21 troops who have died this week appreciate that.
Something else I noticed on this press conference. Bush is saying how the races were all so close, which shows a divided country. While that is true, why wasn't he saying that in 2000 and 2004 when the races were close? Instead it was "the American people showed their will".
Now just think if Bush would have replaced Rumsfeld before yesterday's elections. We could very well be looking at a different outcome today (especially in the Senate). Now the Republicans know who to thank on this.
CNN just reported that Bush will be holding another presser at 3:30pm est today. He will be appearing with Rumsfeld and Robert Gates. The late night shows should get plenty of ammo from Bush today.