Saturday, June 26, 2004

Capitol Hill Blue: Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides

Capitol Hill Blue: Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides:

"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn't hear of it,' says an aide. 'That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now.'
Tenet was allowed to resign 'voluntarily' and Bush informed his shocked staff of the decision Thursday morning. One aide says the President actually described the decision as 'God's will.'

God may also be the reason Attorney General John Ashcroft, the administrations lightning rod because of his questionable actions that critics argue threatens freedoms granted by the Constitution, remains part of the power elite. West Wing staffers call Bush and Ashcroft "the Blues Brothers because theyre on a mission from God."
"The Attorney General is tight with the President because of religion,". says one aide. "They both believe any action is justifiable in the name of God."
But the President who says he rules at the behest of God can also tongue-lash those he perceives as disloyal, calling them " A..holes" in front of other staff, berating one cabinet official in front of others and labeling anyone who disagrees with him "unpatriotic"or "anti-American."
"The mood here is that were under siege, theres no doubt about it," says one troubled aide who admits he is looking for work elsewhere. "In this administration, you dont have to wear a turban or speak Farsi to be an enemy of the United States. All you have to do is disagree with the President."


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