Under aggressive questioning, Snow appeared to struggle at times, parsing the [National Intelligence Estimate’s] language and – grasping for a proper interpretation – frequently simply reading it to reporters. –IHT (Link). 9/28/06
So, the fish stinks from the head. Update: 5:26 EST. Looking back at this, I realize my comment was completely obscure. I just found the photo — and the press conference — particularly telling. Having no comeback for the document, it sounded like the White House parsing what “is” means. Beyond that, it seemed somehow fitting that a President who reads most of what he says has now reduced his once-glib press secretary to the same constraint.
(image: Ron Edmonds/AP. September 27, 2006. Washington. Via YahooNews)