I hope none of you were so naive as to believe the Liar-in-Chief when he claimed that that “Mission Accomplished” banner was just something put up by the sailors, and the administration had nothing to do with it. I hope you’re intelligent enough to understand that the Liar-in-Chief doesn’t friggin sneeze without Karl Rove focus-grouping it.

Bush Disavows Mission Accomplished Banner

WASHINGTON – Six months after he spoke on an aircraft carrier deck under a banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished,” President Bush disavowed any connection with the war message.

MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press…

BILL PRESS: Bush said…the crew of the ship put that sign up. Now we find out the White House has just confirmed, we just got this handed to us…Senior Navy officials now confirm the sign was in fact produced by the White House.

Via MWO.

Morning afterthought: actually “focus grouping” isn’t quite right. It’s more about their obsessive attention to stagecraft. I mean, these people turned the aircraft carrier around in order to get the best light for Bush’s speech. If you believe they just let the sailors hang up some banner without vetting it ten ways from Sunday, well, it brings us back to the proverbial bridge for sale.