Over the last couple days we've been hearing about how Bush has changed his stance on what would bring him to fire someone over the Valerie Plame leak. Well, ThreeBadFingers and JustOneMinute correct the historical revisionism. Bush originally said that he would fire anyone who did anything illegal. In 2003 he said, "And if the person has violated the law the person will be fired." In 2004, he was asked if he stood by his original claim, and he said yes. Now when he's asked if he will fire anyone involved, he says he'll fire anyone who can be shown to have done something illegal. Where is this supposed change in stance? [hat tip: Instapundit, who refers to this as moving the goalposts]
This reminds me of when everyone was saying that Bush invented the humanitarian aid defense on the eve of the attack on Iraq, when he had been giving it in speeches months beforehand. Read the longer quotes from Bush in those two posts, and then read the Reuters story on this. I have a hard time reading this as anything but outright lying given what Bush had originally said in 2003, what they asked him in 2004 that he said yes to, and what they're now saying about those events. It's not just the media. Howard Dean is accusing Bush of lowering the ethics bar from where he had originally set it. But people will believe this revisionism and repeat it, so their willingness to lie about Bush will have its desired effect. I wonder if that's all that counts for some of these people.
[Update (7 April, 2006): Since so many people are finding this post due to Lewis Libby's testimony that the president authorized him to reveal classified information, I should link to my discussion of that information.]