Typically savvy comments from Josh Marshall. These are indeed “talking point heavy” comments from GW Bush.
Here’s the transcript of the president’s brief remarks on Wilsongate today in Chicago.
If you look at his words, you can see immediately what talking points he was given. There’s no mention of blowing the cover of a CIA covert operative, no mention of Wilson, the issue of retaliation, or anything like that.
His repeated mantra is his opposition to “leaks of classified information.” That of course is a much broader issue and, not coincidentally, a charge that the White House has previously levelled at Congress.