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Pat Oliphant for July 30, 2007
George W. Bush: Mr. Gonzales, wouldn't you like to resign now? You know, go away as a favor to me? Alberto Gonzales: I prefer not to. Bush: Not even to make things easier for me, you benefactor. Wouldn't you like to take early retirement? Gonzales: I prefer not to. Bush: Look! I've been good to you! I made you the first Hispanic in this sort of job! Given you all sorts of important assignments, like firing all those prosecutors. I'm the great decider! I could fire you! Gonzales: You could, but then I would spill the beans (though I'd prefer not to). Bush: I also would prefer you didn't - couldn't you just go, pretty please? Gonzales: I prefer not to. Punk: I'd prefer they both go.