Tex. (August 31) - In a far-reaching scandal that could have huge
implications, President Bush has been caught in a scandal, known
to reporters covering the President as 'VacationGate,' a conspiracy
to get the President an extension of his month-long vacation.
sources close to the White House, President Bush planned to call
in sick on Sept 3rd, the day he is supposed to return to the White
House from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he would not really
trick was planned, including a voicemail to be left in Dick Cheney's
mail box, in which the President was to speak in a gravel voice,
inserting many false coughs in an effort to fool the Vice President
into thinking he was really sick. The President would then spend
an extra hour in bed, then get a check from the White House physician,
then he would slip out and go horseback riding.
the President was seeking to squeeze out at least two to three days
of golf, fishing and horsehoes from this scheme.
Adviser Karen Hughes was apparently a partner on the scheme; along
with the White House physician that travels with the President.
The duo were unable to persuade spokesperson Ari Fleischer to join
the conspiracy. Sources say Fleischer, known as the 'boy scout'
of the administration, went and told Cheney immediately. Hughes,
speaking on background, referred to Fleischer as a 'tattle' and
A furious Vice
President Cheney ordered a complete investigation, sources say he
is sure 'some heads will roll.' Cheney said that he would not accept
any sick days after September 2nd. "And if anyone leaves a
message that they are sick on my voice mail, instead of calling
me directly -- they are fired. Period!!"
Biden (D-DE) confirmed that there would probably be hearings in
the Senate, that would not only look into the Vacation gate scandal
but also would investigate the 'abnormal number of personal days
and two-hour lunches' that this President has taken.