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July 15, 2003

Whodunit. Michael Kinsley is up on the latest philosophical conundrums:
Once again a mysterious criminal stalks the nation’s capital. First there was the mystery sniper. Then there was the mystery arsonist. Now there is the mystery ventriloquist. The media are in a frenzy of speculation and leakage. Senators are calling for hearings. All of Washington demands an answer: Who was the arch-fiend who told a lie in President Bush’s State of the Union speech? […]

Linguists note that the question, “Who lied in George Bush’s State of the Union speech” bears a certain resemblance to the famous conundrum, “Who is buried in Grant’s Tomb?” They speculate that the two questions may have parallel answers.

Of course, we know George W. Bush’s answer: “No, you idiot! It’s Tony Blair!” [08:11 AM]
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Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: July 16, 2003, 07:25 AM:

So we're being asked to wonder who is speaking when George W. Bush talks? Hmmm.

Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: July 16, 2003, 10:24 AM:

But we have to put it as a question, right? "Who is Karl Rove?"

Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: July 16, 2003, 04:27 PM:

Maybe when Bush the elder said read my lips he was repeating something he was meant to understand but not say.