File this under WTF. A more brazen black-is-white, war-is-peace moment I don't think I've ever seen!
It's unreal they think they can get away with this. Both McCain and Bush vigorously opposed the GI Bill, and now Bush is taking credit for himself and giving some of it to McCain? Absolutely through-the-looking-glass unreal!
McCain can be forgiven for forgetting that he had opposed the bill - his memory is always forgiven by our presscorps. But what excuse does Bush have?
As funny as that is, we know the real answer. Bush knows that the Press sees its job as playing stenographer for the culture's "newsmakers." Bush said it, so it gets repeated. If it gets repeated often enough without coordinated pushback from Democrats, the media and the American people figure it must be true. At no point is it journalist's job to adjudicate a statement's truthfulness - that would be liberal, after all. Of course, Democrats are not good at coordinated anything - much less coordinated messaging - so the Republicans successfully manipulate the media, and thereby become the win election after election. Let's see how it goes this time.