by digby

Yes, it's that time of year again. HAPPY CODPIECE DAY EVERYONE!!!

Sadly,he isn't having as much fun these days:

The White House said Wednesday that President Bush has paid a price for the "Mission Accomplished" banner that was flown in triumph five years ago but later became a symbol of U.S. misjudgments and mistakes in the long and costly war in Iraq.

Thursday is the fifth anniversary of Bush's dramatic landing in a Navy jet on an aircraft carrier homebound from the war. The USS Abraham Lincoln had launched thousands of airstrikes on Iraq.


After shifting explanations, the White House eventually said the "Mission Accomplished" phrase referred to the carrier's crew completing its 10-month mission, not the military completing its mission in Iraq. Bush, in October 2003, disavowed any connection with the "Mission Accomplished" message. He said the White House had nothing to do with the banner; a spokesman later said the ship's crew asked for the sign and the White House staff had it made by a private vendor.

It's probably not a good idea for Dana Perino to be so snotty about it:

"President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said `mission accomplished' for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission," White House press secretary Dana Perino said Wednesday. "And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year."

She forgets that the jackass unnecessarily "flew" onto the ship for the photo op and pranced across the deck like a Chippendale's dancer before announcing "in the Battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." Far be it for anyone to "play it up." After all only hundreds of thousands of people are dead.