...who'd have thought that loyal George W. Bush aide Karen Hughes would be the one to catch the President fibbing about a supposed varsity letter? In her new book, 'Ten Minutes From Normal,' Hughes recounts a conversation with Bush after Russian President Vladimir Putin grilled him on his Yale days.What does it say about a person when he exaggerates merely to puff up his image? It's a small thing I grant but what it shows about his character I find disturbing.
'President Putin knew you had played rugby, but he didn't have the context. I mean, you just played for one semester in college, right?' Hughes said.
Bush corrected: 'I played for a year, and it was the varsity.'
Yesterday, a Yale spokeswoman confirmed that there's no such thing as varsity rugby at Yale - not when Bush was an undergrad in the 1960s and not today.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
By Karen Hughes no less
Karen Hughes records a Bush lie: