Friday, August 18, 2006

Oh, that's gotta hurt.

In December, Carl J. Truscott , then director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and David L. Bibb, acting administrator of the General Services Administration, invited President Bush to the dedication of the ATF headquarters, scheduled for Nov. 14 or 16.
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But why would the president attend? Because "memorable words from your speech before a Joint Session of Congress on Sept. 20, 2001 will be engraved in stone at our entry threshold," the invite said. Whoa! This puts Dubya right up there with Lincoln and Roosevelt and Jefferson.

The letter said Bush's words -- "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail" -- "remind us daily of the dedication and commitment with which we at ATF pursue our missions" of fighting terrorists and criminals.

But then Truscott left the agency, and deputy director Edgar A. Domenech, a career employee, became acting director. Although the idea of putting Bush's words on the entry originally came from the construction team and was approved up the ladder at ATF, GSA and apparently the White House, Domenech a week or so ago ordered that the project be dropped.
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It was "strictly a cost-savings measure," ATF spokeswoman Sheree L. Mixell said. "The removal of the cornerstone engraving is one of many cost-cutting measures we have made," she said. "These decisions are made daily," she added, as officials try to trim costs by "reevaluating noncritical items."

REUTERS/Jason Reed

In the immortal words of one Nelson Muntz....


full story here.