Maybe Karl Rove just took time out of his busy schedule to pen a lie about the President. Yes, that must be it. It couldn't be the truth.
It all started on New Year's Eve in 2005. President Bush asked what my New Year's resolutions were. I told him that as a regular reader who'd gotten out of the habit, my goal was to read a book a week in 2006. Three days later, we were in the Oval Office when he fixed me in his sights and said, "I'm on my second. Where are you?" Mr. Bush had turned my resolution into a contest.
By coincidence, we were both reading Doris Kearns Goodwin's "Team of Rivals." The president jumped to a slim early lead and remained ahead until March, when I moved decisively in front. The competition soon spun out of control. We kept track not just of books read, but also the number of pages and later the combined size of each book's pages -- its "Total Lateral Area."
Let's begin the stop watch. At some point Keith Olbermann or someone like him is going to accept that this is true and will then state that the President has been reading while Rome burned, or some other such nonsense.
Meanwhile, more people on earth will be freed from tyranny because of the "distracted" book worm than because of any talking head.