This gem was buried in an AP story today....
"A senior administration official, who briefed reporters on Air Force One on the flight to Germany, said Bush rejects Putin's defense of his tightening of government controls in Russia — that the Russian people are accustomed to strong rule by czars and a large government role in everyday life. "An argument that `My people need a strong ruler — me' is an argument that does not fit with the way the president talks about democracy," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "
Huh? ........Uhhhh...except at home?
An "anonymous" official, secretly saying nice things about the wisdom of George Bush. Maybe he was joking. Speaking in tones of rich irony.
After all, we all know how much George Bush detests a big government that interferes in its citizens' lives. NOT.