A man who knew character, D.L Moody said "Character is what you are in the dark". It's not what you say when the lights are up and the microphone is turned on, but what you say when the microphone is (at least you believe them to be) turned off.

"The eavesdropping tables were turned on President Bush on Friday. The president apparently believed he was speaking privately when he talked about listening in without a warrant on domestic communications with suspected al-Qaida terrorists overseas. But reporters were the ones doing the listening in this time.

The incident happened at a House Republican retreat. After six minutes of public remarks by the president, reporters were ushered out. "I support the free press, let's just get them out of the room," Bush said, intending to speak behind closed doors with fellow Republicans and take lawmakers' questions.

When reporters left, Bush spoke about the National Security Agency program that he authorized four years ago and which has drawn criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike.

However, the microphones stayed on for a few minutes. That allowed journalists back at the White House to eavesdrop on Bush's defense of the eavesdropping. His private statements were basically no different from what he's said in public.

"I want to share some thoughts with you before I answer your questions," Bush began. "First of all, I expect this conversation we're about to have to stay in the room. I know that's impossible in Washington."

He was right.

Yes he was. What did he say when the "lights were off"? "Bush described the National Security Agency wiretapping program as an outgrowth of his belief that "we must do everything in our power to protect the country," adding that he often thinks about the possibility of another terrorist attack."

Now contrast this with this display, combined with a wagging finger of denial.

Yeah character....

More at Capt Ed.

UPDATE: Johnathan Alter really should join Hair Club for Men and get some therapy.

UPDATE II: Like I said, when the left has no intelligent point to make they resort to name calling. Yeah, character.