Ladies and Gentlemen, Tony Snow
Here's Tony Snow defending Bush's "comma" reference at a recent press briefing:
Q: (W)hat did the President mean the Iraqi war is only a comma?Time from D-Day to V-E Day? Eleven months.
Mr. SNOW: ...This has been brewed around; Peter had a word or two to say about it today. The comma refers to the period of time between last year's election and today. We're talking about -- well, the President is making the point is, when you look at a history book, a 10-month period is a comma. Now, some people have tried to say, how dare the President refer to this as a comma; he's being glib about the deaths of Americans. That's outrageous, and the people who say that know it. What they're trying to is, willingly or not, wrench a statement out of context and try to use that as an opportunity to accuse a President who is deeply aware of the human cost of war of being calloused about those costs. It's just not true...if you look in the broad sweep of history, that will be seen as a comma.
Does the extra month mean that the Allied invasion of Europe at least rates a semicolon?