Libby and the King
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
WHEREAS Lewis Libby was convicted in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in the case United States v. Libby, Crim. No. 05-394 (RBW), for which a sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment, 2 years’ supervised release, a fine of $250,000, and a special assessment of $400 was imposed on June 22, 2007;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, pursuant to my powers under Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, do hereby commute the prison terms imposed by the sentence upon the said Lewis Libby to expire immediately, leaving intact and in effect the two-year term of supervised release, with all its conditions, and all other components of the sentence.
IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand and seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.
GEORGE W. BUSH
For some concise context, see: Wonkette: And Justice For All.
- Through the Looking Glass, Darkly
- Snow Plays Lawyer
- The White House’s Breathtaking Incoherence
- Bush Rationale on Libby Stirs Legal Debate
And for those of you worried about Bush in these trying times, here’s an extraordinary tearjerker about the philosopher king who runs the free world, from the Washington Post (you probably need to register). The best part was this howler:
“He does a very good job of keeping out the extreme things in his life,” Conaway, the congressman, said. “He doesn’t watch Leno and Letterman. He doesn’t spend a lot of time exposing himself to that sort of stuff. He has a terrific knack of not looking through the rearview mirror.”
Yeah. Given the state of the world, Leno & Letterman are “extreme.”
It’s a very strange article, which can be summarized thus: Bush solicits input from people to figure out why the world is a mess, and then doesn’t listen to any of them.
UPDATE: Another look at the Bush regime and their recent appeal to history textbooks: The History Boys.