Saturday, September 23, 2006

We've Changed All That

In Moliere's The Doctor, the 'Doctor' at one point suggests the problem is with the patient's heart, and moves to listen to the heart by placing his stethoscope low on the patient's abdomen.  "But Doctor," another person asks, "isn't the heart up here?"
"Oh no," the 'Doctor' replies, "we've changed all that!"
In that spirit, I present White House Press Secretary Tony Snow's new interpretation of the Constitution- with an intro by Mark Evanier-

This morning, Presidential Press Secretary Tony Snow was asked if it isn't true that it's the Supreme Court that's supposed to decide if something is constitutional. His reply was as follows...

No, as a matter of fact, the president has an obligation to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. That is an obligation that presidents have enacted through signing statements going back to Jefferson. So, while the Supreme Court can be an arbiter of the Constitution, the fact is the President is the one, the only person who, by the Constitution, is given the responsibility to preserve, protect, and defend that document, so it is perfectly consistent with presidential authority under the Constitution itself.


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