Monday, February 20, 2006

President For Sale

You too can buy your own photo prop President.

Here's the latest breaking news from the AP:

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize his 2002 meeting with President Bush, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.

Mahatir either didn't know the Indian Chiefs were getting handshakes for $25,000 or maybe he expected a lil' something more for his coin.

UPDATE: Paul Kiel at the TPM Cafe has more details regarding this stinker. Kiel also links to this insightful LA TIMES report in which an anonymous former associate of Abramoff's states that Karl Rove directly worked with Abramoff to set this meeting up.


  • How bout those Lincoln bedroom purchasers during the Clinton reign. Maybe they "expected a lil' something more for [their] coin."

    By Anonymous get real, at 9:06 AM  

  • Get Real,

    Give us the name of one person who paid $1.2 million explicitly for a night in the Lincoln bedroom. You are aware that Bush has had huge campaign donors stay overnight at the White House and at Camp David, aren't you?

    The difference here is the payment was made, according to Mahatir, explicitly for setting up the meeting.

    So if the right can draw conclusions of corruption from Clinton & the Lincoln bedroom, why can't we at least ask questions of Bush with evidence that is much more compelling?

    By Blogger Macswain, at 10:07 AM  

  • Apparently the amount paid for the handshake is directly proportionate to the phonieness of the smile.

    By Anonymous webhub, at 10:59 AM  

  • Ya gotta love right-wingers who spent years saying what a slime Clinton was and then excuse Bush's behavior by saying Clinton did the same thing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:31 PM  

  • How much do you think it would've cost Mahatir if he had wanted to go all the way?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:36 AM  

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