Rewriting history

by Michael Alderete on 4/16/2002

From The Washington Post:

At a speech in Bridgeport, Conn., President Bush declared that he wanted each American to volunteer for “4,000 years,” a variation of his usual call for “4,000 hours” that produced guffaws in the audience. Later, at a fundraiser, Bush bestowed a new name on Connecticut’s lieutenant governor, Jodi Rell. “I appreciate Lieutenant Governor Judi Kell for being here,” he said. “Great to see you again, Judi.”

Whatever, says Cathleen Hinsch, a spokeswoman for Rell. “You don’t correct the president.”

But the White House does. Both goofs, and accompanying laughter, were stricken from the record — deus ex machina — in the official White House transcripts.

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