“On Wednesday, speaking to a friendly audience, Bush talked about the Iraq troop buildup and rejected efforts by the democratic majority in the Congress to force him to accept a troop withdrawal.
Bush, whose approval ratings have dropped as the Iraq war moves into its fifth year, contended that he had the authority to send the troops.
“The question is, who ought to make that decision? The Congress or the commanders? And as you know, my position is clear — I’m a commander guy,” Bush said.
The official stenographer of the event recorded Bush as having said he was “the commander guy“ and some reporters did as well. It was not far off from his past description of himself as “the decider.”
But the quote prompted chuckles around Washington that Bush had given a new nickname to his constitutional role as the commander in chief.
So the White House sprang into action to try to put the toothpaste back into the tube.
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino took to the podium on Friday to clarify, while acknowledging to reporters that “you might find it a little strange.”
“It’s been reported that the president said, ‘I’m the commander guy.’ He did not. What I recalled was that he said ‘I’m a commander guy,’ meaning that he’s one of the people that listens to the commanders on the ground,” Perino said.
“Does he consider himself over the other commanders?” a reporter asked.
“He is the commander in chief,” Perino said. “But the context of what the president was saying is that when it comes to making decisions about Iraq or war policy, that the president listens to commanders on the ground, not politicians in Washington”
So it is now clarified that he is only a commander, not the commander in the sense that he takes charge and is fully responsible for the decisions about the troops deployment .It is just that he is a type who listens to the commanders on the ground rather than to the politicians.” .
The misinterpretation has happened because the stenographer took the noting as” the commander” , not” a commander” .An interesting image has been used by the reporter here :The white House sprang into action to put the tooth-paste back into the tube .
The damage has already been done before the clarification is issued . An interesting extension of the tooth-paste image used by Bush comes to our mind immediately. Bush has earlier said he had something in common with Blaire and that was that both use the same tooth-paste ,that is Colgate .Apparently both the world leaders first squeeze out their tooth paste tubes , when they are not needed and then try hard to put back the stuff in the tube.“.