GOP leaders told Bush that his hardcore push to renew the more onerous provisions of the act (USA PATRIOT Act) could further alienate conservatives still mad at the President from his botched attempt to nominate White House Counsel Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
“I don’t give a goddamn,” Bush retorted. “I’m the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way.”
“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”
“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s
just a goddamned piece of paper!”
By the way, our current President is a scholar of Constitutional Law. Need I say more?
(Thanks to Doug Thompson of Capitol Hill Blue – http://www.capitolhillblue.com/artman/publish/article_7779.shtml)