Finally, here’s Obama’s answer, via Will Bunch at Philly dot com. Obama:
“What I would want to do is to have my Justice Department and my Attorney General immediately review the information that’s already there and to find out are there inquiries that need to be pursued. I can’t prejudge that because we don’t have access to all the material right now. I think that you are right, if crimes have been committed, they should be investigated. You’re also right that I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of Republicans as a partisan witch hunt because I think we’ve got too many problems we’ve got to solve.”
“So this is an area where I would want to exercise judgment — I would want to find out directly from my Attorney General — having pursued, having looked at what’s out there right now — are there possibilities of genuine crimes as opposed to really bad policies. And I think it’s important– one of the things we’ve got to figure out in our political culture generally is distinguishing betyween really dumb policies and policies that rise to the level of criminal activity.”
“You know, I often get questions about impeachment at town hall meetings and I’ve said that is not something I think would be fruitful to pursue because I think that impeachment is something that should be reserved for exceptional circumstances. Now, if I found out that there were high officials who knowingly, consciously broke existing laws, engaged in coverups of those crimes with knowledge forefront, then I think a basic principle of our Constitution is nobody above the law — and I think
that’s roughly how I would look at it.”
My schadenfreude guru has been patiently waiting for years for Dubya to end up in a courtroom. If they broadcast the trials on T.V., I’m taking the month off, loading up on Diet Coke and frozen dinners, and revel. Just revel. Nothing would make me happier than watching that som’ bitch have to explain himself. To be fair, Cheney explaining himself under oath would peak my interest more, but I believe he’d rather commit suicide than submit to legalities. Either way I’m making a day out of it.
I worry about being so passionate about such matters. What if my future wife is giving birth to my first son, but I won’t leave the T.V. room because Cheney just admitted under oath to a year long affair with Lewis Libby and Valarie Plames’ name came up in pillow talk? “Sorry honey, I can’t come now. My mind is melting.” Schadenfreude Dreams.