That's a great line
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, denying that Dick Cheney had obviously confirmed that th US uses waterboarding to torture prisoners:
MR. SNOW: Let me put it this way. You got Dick Cheney, who had been head of an intelligence committee. He's been the Secretary of Defense. He's been the Vice President. He's not a guy who slips up, and he's also not a guy who does winks and nods about things that involve matters that you don't talk about for political reasons.A couple of minutes later:
Q To say that Vice President Cheney doesn't make mistakes like this, he did go up and curse a senator to his face on the Senate floor, and accidentally shot his friend, so he's not perfect. (Laughter.)Actually, I think germane is exactly what it is. Snow is defending something stupid Cheney said by saying he couldn't have said something that stupid because he doesn't "slip up." The reporter just points out that if it weren't for "slipping up" Cheney would be a much less busy man. But between slipping up and lying, he barely has time to snarl anymore!
Q He never slips up?
MR. SNOW: No, I mean, it's just -- that's -- that's a great line, but it's not germane.