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07/19/2006 03:02 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Missing Point of "Yo, Blair!"

LONDON--Everybody's seen the footage and/or read the transcripts on both sides of the Atlantic by now, and everybody seems to have buried the lede. The third word of the President's sentence that ends with "shit" is "irony".

"See, the irony is..."

He does irony.

Tony Snow's refusal to discuss the profanity--"unless you have a history of never having used the word"--of course is a resort to the "everybody does it" defense that Republicans used to denounce with grand theatricality. But somebody should ask Tony whether he's ever before noticed the President's keen sense of irony.