Times Editorial Has White House Seeing Red

Response to editorial swift and sharp
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 3:57 PM CDT
U.S. President George W. Bush delivers remarks during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, Sunday, May 18, 2008, in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Israel got glowing praise from President Bush earlier...   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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(Newser) – The New York Times lambasted President Bush in an editorial today for opposing the new GI Bill, and the White House swiftly fired back, the Hill reports. The paper “irresponsibly distorted” Bush's opposition to the bill, said a statement from press secretary Dana Perino, who said the editorial "could not be farther from the truth about the president’s record of leadership on this issue."

The Times minced no words, accusing Bush of being "lavish with other people’s sacrifices" and arguing that “having saddled the military with a botched, unwinnable war, having squandered soldiers’ lives and failed them in so many ways, the commander in chief now resists giving the troops a chance at better futures out of uniform.”