Dr. Lorraine Cresser, who heads the Institute, said that the University of Minnesota experts decided to place the current administration at the top of the nation's list of huge disasters after assessing the damage the White House has caused over the past four and a half years, both at home and abroad. "After taking a good look at the wreckage the Bush presidency has created, we would estimate the cost of the damage at somewhere in the mid to high zillions," Dr. Cresser said.
Hours after the University of Minnesota released its findings, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said that given the high price tag, rebuilding the Bush presidency "doesn't make sense to me."
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, Rep. Hastert said that, based on what he had seen of the Bush presidency lately, "It looks like a lot of it could be bulldozed." But hours later, the Speaker back-tracked somewhat, telling reporters, "Like most Republicans in Congress, I have been drinking very heavily for the past several days."
Elsewhere, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said today that his department would intensify the search for those missing since Hurricane Katrina hit, including Vice President Dick Cheney.
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