He may have been the charismatic and forceful leader of the military during the first Gulf War, but when word of his passing reached the White House yesterday, it took a little time before someone figured out that condolences should probably come from the Commander in Chief and not whatever is currently passing for Jay Carney.
Last night’s statement:
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf
With the passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf, we’ve lost an American original. From his decorated service in Vietnam to the historic liberation of Kuwait and his leadership of United States Central Command, General Schwarzkopf stood tall for the country and Army he loved. Our prayers are with the Schwarzkopf family, who tonight can know that his legacy will endure in a nation that is more secure because of his patriotic service.
And this morning’s:
Statement from the President on the Passing of General Norman Schwarzkopf
The did not, however, have any trouble with the Kwanzaa message, thank goodness.
[via White House Dossier]