I suppose, if you were polite, you could say he misspoke…
But then I’m not polite. He lied:
PRESIDENT BUSH HAD some calming words Sunday for anyone worried about the explosive growth in federal spending. “If you look at the appropriations bills that were passed under my watch, in the last year of President Clinton, discretionary spending was up 15 percent, and ours have steadily declined,” Mr. Bush told NBC’s Tim Russert. There was only one problem with Mr. Bush’s statement: It was wrong. Discretionary spending did not grow nearly as much during Mr. Clinton’s tenure as Mr. Bush implied, nor has his spending record been nearly as restrained as his comments suggest.
As the White House acknowledged, Mr. Bush misspoke when he referred to discretionary spending in general. A spokesman explained that Mr. Bush meant to refer only to the portion of discretionary spending, less than half the total, that goes to programs other than defense and homeland security.
What exactly does George Bush have to say to be called a liar by the WaPo? As a man of few words, shouldn’t he at least have to be responsible for getting a few of them correct?