BUSH APPOINTS TED KENNEDY TO SUPREME COURT
Dems Fears Allayed
July 12, 2005
WASHINGTON—This morning, after a breakfast meeting with Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and the President's White House physician, President Bush announced that he will seek Senate approval for the nomination of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass) to replace Sandra Day O’Conner on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The stunning news came just days after Senator Clinton likened the President to Mad Magazine’s “What, me worry?” character, Alfred E. Neuman, and Senator Kennedy himself had renewed his sharp criticism of the President for mismanagement of not only the War on Terror, but the quagmire in Iraq “and for disgracing the presidency itself.”
When asked why, after all the mean-spirited criticism from Ted Kennedy over the years of Bush's presidency, he still saw fit to elevate the Senator to the position of Supreme Court Justice, the President said that he had no comment, except that "some Presidential decisions rise above politics."
But a source close to the White House said it was because the President was hopeful that the nomination would get Kennedy to shut his big fat mouth for awhile. “It is just a matter of self-defense,” the source said, adding, “The President has his health to consider."
There is another unconfirmed report that someone very close to Mr. Bush quoted the President as saying, “This guy’s breath is so bad I’d be afraid to strike a match in the same room. If I had to be around him much longer I'd be back on the sauce myself.”