The big news from the 9/11 commission lately seems to be George Tenet’s statement that he did not meet with George W Bush at all in August 2001 because Bush was down on the ranch, and Tenet was on vacation much of the month himself. A reader found this (from August 25, 2001) on the White House web site:
Q When you have those business meetings, like the Joint Chiefs briefing, do you like to keep it separate from the living quarters on the ranch?
THE PRESIDENT: Actually, you know, what we call the governor’s house, the place where you all came out during the — that’s where we went. Condi and Karen Hughes stayed there. And right across the street from that is a — it’s a nice looking government doublewide. (Laughter.) And that’s where the mil aide, the nurse, the WHCA head, the doc, they stay.
The CIA briefings, I have on our porch, the end of our porch looking out over the lake. When Tenet came up, that’s where we visited, out there.
You know, everybody wants to see the ranch, which I’m proud to show it off. So George Tenet and I — yesterday, we piled in the new nominees for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, the Vice Chairman and their wives and went right up the canyon.
I wonder why Tenet said hadn’t been to the ranch that month. Certainly President Bush had no reason to lie about George Tenet’s having been there the day before.
Update: The Washington Post reports that Tenet forgot about visiting the President in Texas.