Friday, April 14, 2006

You're doin' a heck of a job, Rummy!

Secretary Rumsfeld is seen here doing his famous imitation of Ed McMahon (to Shrub's Johnny Carson doing Carnac - off camera), caught in the act of saying, "Right again, O Magnificent one!"

(Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Friday said Donald Rumsfeld has "my full support," after a number of retired generals criticized the defense secretary's handling of the Iraq war.

"Secretary Rumsfeld's energetic and steady leadership is exactly what is needed at this critical period. He has my full support and deepest appreciation," Bush said in a statement.

Several retired generals, some who led troops in the Iraq war, have accused Rumsfeld of arrogance and ignoring his field commanders and said he should resign.

"Earlier today I spoke with Don Rumsfeld about ongoing military operations in the Global War on Terror. I reiterated my strong support for his leadership during this historic and challenging time for our nation," Bush said.

Bush's own job approval ratings have slid to around the lows of his presidency due to increasing public discontent with the Iraq war.

Original photo caption: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speaks at a news briefing at the Pentagon in Washington April 11, 2006. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters)

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