Koppel Wonders If Bush Knew About Libby, Quips WH Staff Have “Irish Alzheimers”
David Letterman, on the Libby indictment: “Is this the beginning of even bigger trouble for the administration, or will this go away -- he'll be exonerated or he'll be convicted?”Both laugh.
Ted Koppel: “The problem is, is that whether he is exonerated or convicted, and of course he is innocent until proven otherwise, that process-”
Letterman: “Well, we know he did it [audience laughs, as do Koppel and Letterman]. I don't know. I'm so excited about getting to work now.” [applause]
Koppel: “You're a bad guy. [scattered laughter] The problem is, it's going to take -- the problem for him and the problem for the Bush administration -- is this isn't going to be over in two or three months. I mean, that legal process will go on for quite a while and in the interim, you know, there's all that doubt. And the immediate doubt is, is Karl Rove going to be involved in this? If Karl Rove is involved in this, you know, do you naturally conclude at some point or another that the Vice President and possibly even the President may have known that this happened?”
Letterman: “It suggests a level of pettiness heretofore unconsidered, doesn't it though?”
Koppel: “It suggests that a lot of people in the administration suffer from Irish Alzheimers -- you forget everything but the grudges.”