Rove Grilled by Preppies

Ex-Bush adviser zings Clintons in talk to future leaders at elite school
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2008 2:55 AM CST
White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove performs with comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, not in picture, at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association annual dinner, in this March...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Karl Rove advised students to chuck those poly sci books for Shakespeare in a wide-ranging talk yesterday at Massachusetts' elite boarding school Choate, the Hartford Courant reports. Stiff opposition scuttled the school's plan to have Rove speak at commencement, but "I didn't want anybody to say you ran me off," Rove told his teenage audience. Charming but steadfast, the controversial one-time presidential adviser quipped: "I appreciate that I'm a myth."

Rove may have resigned from the Bush administration but still displayed his political edge. When a student accused him about deceiving the nation in the lead-up to the war in Iraq, Rove read a list of statements detailing the supposed threat from Iraq's weapons of mass destruction—only to draw an "ooooh" from the crowd when he revealed they had all been made by Bill and Hillary Clinton.