Dan Froomkin: What do you call it when White House officials say one thing in public and almost the exact opposite in private? You might call it lyi
May 17, 2008

Dan Froomkin:

What do you call it when White House officials say one thing in public and almost the exact opposite in private?

You might call it lying.

President Bush yesterday took the highly provocative rhetorical step of likening those who support negotiating with our enemies to Nazi appeasers. For most people following the presidential campaign, it was an obvious attack on Democratic frontrunner Barack Obama, who has been particularly critical of Bush's refusal to talk with leaders who disagree with him.

On the record, White House officials issued disingenuous denials that Bush was talking about Obama. But on background, they admitted as much...read on

Many are saying this:

"making an attack this direct on a domestic political opponent while on foreign soil is generally considered out of bounds.

Has anything ever been out of bounds with this administration? You might say it's standard operating procedure for a President who attacked a country that didn't attack us. I'm just saying.

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