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A Cold Day At The White House

Reported by Donna - October 27, 2005

Today on Studio B with Shepard Smith there wasn't a segment devoted to traitorgate. There were plenty of references to President Bush being in South Florida, shaking hands, thanking people and smiles all around. Then it was announced he was going to speak and then the president decided he wasn't going to speak after all.

However, there were some clues as to all not being well at the White House when Smith spoke with Juan Williams.

Smith and Williams spoke about the withdrawal of Harriet Miers from consideration for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Smith said that 'some' then changed that to 'most' of the far right had turned on Bush's choice. Williams said he didn't know if the votes weren't there but Senator Frist had said last night that the nomination was in trouble.

Williams did add that the right may have gotten what they wanted but it may come back to haunt them. He was referring to a parental consent for abortion case that is coming up for the Supreme Court. Williams said that Sandra Day O'Connor may still be on the bench when this case is decided.

And then he added, "Talking to people at the White House they seem traumatized. It's a cold day for them."

Smith added, "Well, it wouldn't be much fun."

Comment: Today's show seemed like a hodgepodge of stories, showing the president several times, mentioning his visit to south Florida. We saw video of the president putting his arm around an elderly gentleman. Studio B avoided the talk about traitorgate, but Williams clearly told us that things are very dark, indeed, at the White House these days.

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