"I will restore honor and integrity to the White House."
– George W. Bush
It’s low-hanging fruit, I know, but after reading yesterday’s news, I had to chuckle to myself. Not necessarily at the misfortunes of the people involved, but at the context.
Three scandals in almost as many days is noteworthy even for the Bush administration. And I know that every White House — Republican and Democratic — has its share of scandals. The mix of money, power, and intrigue in Washington makes it inevitable, especially when you throw in a dash or two of temptation and human fallibility.
But three scandals breaking in as many days is big news, or it ought to be, for a president and an administration (and a party, for that matter) pledging to "restore honor and integrity" to the White House, Washington, and government self. And, yes, when you recall that these people are self-appointed exemplars of morality who were going to school the rest of us on values, it’s kind of funny.
They were going to school the rest of us on values? What exactly were we supposed to learn from them?