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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 03:06 PM
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The View 11/06/08 (1 of 5) Barbara Walters resurrects the old lies about Clinton's folks vandalizing
 
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Barbara Walters resurrects the old lies about Clinton's folks vandalizing the White House. Remember the missing "W" keys from keyboards? Presidential placques ripped from walls? All that stuff was disproved by the GAO.

Well, this morning, BabaWawa introduced this bullshit as fact. It starts at about the 4:15 mark.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 03:12 PM
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1. That story lasted for 8 months till 9-11 knocked it off the airwaves. Clintons didn't fight it with
any vigor, whatsoever, as if they wanted Bush to benefit from the trumped up scandal. And he DID, didn't he?
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Clintonista2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 09:44 PM
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7. You're right!!!! He did!!!!
He didn't want people to find out that him and poppy were creating an army of crab people to take over the world!! Right blm?


:rofl: :rofl:rofl:
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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 03:17 PM
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2. Does anyone have a link to the GAO debunking this? n/t
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 03:29 PM
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3. Here ...
Edited on Thu Nov-06-08 03:39 PM by Bozita
http://archive.salon.com/politics/feature/2001/05/23/va...


The White House vandal scandal that wasn't
How the incoming Bush team nudge-nudged a credulous press corps into swallowing a trashy Clinton story.

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By Kerry Lauerman and Alicia Montgomery

May 23, 2001 | WASHINGTON -- The "scandal" broke benignly enough, with an item in Lloyd Grove's dishy Reliable Source column in the Jan. 23 Washington Post, three days after the inauguration of George W. Bush.

"Incoming staffers of the Bush White House," Grove wrote, were "apparently victims of a practical joke." Bush aides in the Old Executive Office Building (EOB), adjacent to the White House, discovered that "many computer keyboards in their work spaces are missing the W key -- as in President Bush's middle initial."

Some W keys were discovered "taped on top of the doorways," while others were broken.

The report was more cute than cutting, with Grove quoting former Al Gore spokesman Chris Lehane, who quipped: "I think the missing W's can be explained by the vast left-wing conspiracy now at work."

But within two days, Grove's playful item had morphed into one more full-blown Clinton scandal. Suddenly newspapers and TV news shows were featuring extensive reports of Clinton administration "vandalism," stretching from the EOB offices of former Vice President Gore to the West Wing. Reports alleged expletive-ridden graffiti, sliced computer and telephone wires, file cabinets glued shut, presidential seals steamed off doors, stolen pictures and so-called porn bombs, which were never exactly described.

The technological problems the vandals wrought were so severe that, according to a report in the New York Daily News, "a telecommunications staffer with more than a quarter-century of service was seen sobbing."

"Phone lines cut, drawers filled with glue, door locks jimmied so that arriving Bush staff got locked inside their new offices," a disapproving Andrea Mitchell reported on NBC News. The message seemed clear: The trailer-trash Clintons and their staff had enjoyed one last bacchanal at taxpayer expense.

Now it seems those closely detailed stories were largely bunk. Last week it was revealed that a formal review by the General Accounting Office, Congress' investigative agency, "had found no damage to the offices of the White House's East or West Wings or EOB" and that Bush's own representatives had reported "there is no record of damage that may have been deliberately caused by the employees of the Clinton administration."

While cautious GSA staffers won't issue a blanket exoneration of the Clinton team, Bernard Ungar, the agency's director of physical infrastructure, told Salon the media clearly exaggerated the extent of the damage. According to the terse GSA statement that formed the basis of Ungar's conclusion, "the condition of the real property was consistent with what we would expect to encounter when tenants vacate office space after an extended occupancy."

Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., the ardent Clinton foe who requested the GAO review, has tried to interpret the agency's findings to mean no "record of damage" had been compiled, not that no damage had occurred. But the lack of records "cataloging" any damages -- which Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer promised in January the White House would compile -- would seem to suggest one thing: Widespread acts of vandalism never occurred.


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Metta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 03:30 PM
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4. Contact ABC here:
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 03:51 PM
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5. KO should know about this. I can picture BabaWawa as "Worst Person in The World"
Anyone know KO's email addy?

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VPStoltz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 04:08 PM
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6. I just heard the same thing on CNN
Kathleen Koch was doing a story on the transition of power and brought this up.
I immediately wrote to tell her to do a little research before resurrecting debunked rumors.
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