Current President Barack Obama approval rating's are getting lower and lower in the polls, his health care reform package sees no light at the end of the tunnel and Barry's pissing off law enforcement all around the country by sticking his nose where it didn't belong regarding the recent Henry Louis Gates brouhaha. But TIME magazine's more worried about the waning days of former President Bush and his VP Dick Cheney, as it relates to the Scooter Libby non-pardon:
Hours before they were to leave office after eight troubled years, George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney had one final and painful piece of business to conclude. For over a month Cheney had been pleading, cajoling, even pestering Bush to pardon the Vice President's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby. Libby had been convicted nearly two years earlier of obstructing an investigation into the leak of a covert CIA officer's identity by senior White House officials.Of course, TIME can't investigate any past dealings of Bush, Cheney without taking leftwing potshots at them ("Who, for example, should be held accountable in one of the darkest corners of the war on terrorism — the interrogators who may have tortured detainees?") and there's no mention of former deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage--the man who was actually responsible for exposing CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity--in the article. But who cares about all of that when you can...yunno, DISTRACT much?
The Libby pardon, aides reported, had become something of a crusade for Cheney, who seemed prepared to push his nine-year-old relationship with Bush to the breaking point — and perhaps past it — over the fate of his former aide. "We don't want to leave anyone on the battlefield," Cheney argued. Bush had already decided the week before that Libby was undeserving and told Cheney so, only to see the question raised again. A top adviser to Bush says he had never seen the Vice President focused so single-mindedly on anything over two terms. And so, on his last full day in office, Jan. 19, 2009, Bush would give Cheney his final decision.