President Bush announced today that he has appointed former Congressman Newt Gingrich to be the nation's first Blame Czar. According to the White House, the primary function of the new position will be to assess blame for the administration's failures over the past six years.
"For the good of our country," said Bush in his brief remarks, "blame cannot be concentrated on the executive. By it's very nature, the presidency is beyond blame, hence blame must be doled out to others. Mr. Gingrich is no stranger to vociferous accusations of wrongdoing, and he is not afraid to heap blame on everyone and anyone who disagrees with him. These are the qualities we were looking for in a Blame Czar."
In accepting the position, Gingrich said he would work tirelessly to implicate others in the mistakes of this administration. "The Democrats have blood on their hands, as do Americans who voted for George Bush," said Gingrich. "They should have known better. And they did it twice. Now, whose fault is that?"
Gingrich went on to wag an accusatory finger at everyone from the ACLU to Colin Powell for allowing this administration to make misstep after misstep in foreign and domestic policy. Gingrich argued, "George Bush is obviously an emotionally and mentally imbalanced individual, yet time and time again, advisors allowed him to make the final decision on matters of life and death. This is gross negligence of the highest order."
Gingrich said his first act will be to hurl blame at U.S. military forces for not having the will to win the Iraq war, despite the president's insistence on victory. "I know I won't be a popular figure in my new role," said Gingrich, "but I never have been popular, or even liked, so whoopdeedoo. I don't care. Rewriting history is never well received, but it must be done in order to salvage the Bush legacy. And be honest. What could be more important than that?"