White House Vandalism Unfounded
custodian of moral accountability--Bob Barr (R), ordered an investigation
of the supposed White House vandalism. White House babysitter--Ari Fleischer,
told us, "someone is making mental notes of all the incidences".
Their investigation--now completed, came up with nothing...zero. "Condition
of property was not out of ordinary in transition," GSA says. But
is Bill O'Reilly (Fox News) telling anyone about this?
And these were the people who were going to bring "integrity"
back to the White House, and change the tone?
Originally published May 18, 2001
WASHINGTON - The General Services Administration has found that departing
members of the Clinton administration did not vandalize the White House
during the presidential transition, as unnamed aides to President Bush
and other critics had insisted. Responding
to a request from Rep. Bob Barr, a Georgia Republican who asked for
an investigation, the GSA found that nothing out of the ordinary had
condition of the real property was consistent with what we would expect
to encounter when tenants vacate office space after an extended occupancy,"
according to a GSA statement. In
other words, no wholesale slashing of cords to computers, copiers and
telephones, no evidence of lewd graffiti or pornographic images. GSA
didn't bother to nail down reports of pranks, which were more puckish
than destructive. Clinton aides apparently removed the "w"
key from some computer keyboards and placed signs on doors that said
things as "Office of Strategery." The
unverified charges of wanton property destruction in the White House
and on Air Force One was a hot story in the early days of the Bush administration.
none of it happened. An official at Andrews Air Force Base, which maintains
the presidential jets, told Knight Ridder Newspapers at the height of
the controversy that nothing was missing. President Bush acknowledged
that a few days later. "They
told me that there were papers that were not organized laying on the
floor and on desks, there were some scratches here and there, but the
bottom line was they didn't see anything ... that would appear to some
as real extensive damage," said Bernard Unger, director for physical
infrastructure for the General Accounting Office, which asked GSA to
look into the allegations. Barr's office did not return calls.