This one from AAAS is especially cruel.
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Struggling to put his presidency in a favorable historical light, U.S. President George W. Bush has announced a dramatic shift in his attitude toward science. “Critics have accused my Administration of ignoring scientific advice and even of twisting science to suit its own political agenda,” Bush said at a speech today at the National Center for Biochemical Medicine here. “Today, I say to those in the scientific community: ‘Let’s be friends.’ ”
As a gesture of reconciliation, Bush offered a $10 billion boost to the National Institutes of Health. That is a marked change from November, when he vetoed a spending bill that would have added more than $1 billion to the institute’s budget, calling it fiscally irresponsible (ScienceNOW, 13 November 2007). “It turns out, the only thing that was irresponsible was my belief that scientific advances could be made on a shoestring,” Bush told reporters today.
[…] In a final concession, Bush promised to be a better steward of the planet. “I haven’t always been clear about the threat global warming poses,” he said. “In retrospect, having oil industry lobbyists edit our climate reports was probably a bad idea.” [if you haven’t gotten the joke by now… -ed.] He also admitted that initiatives such as “Healthy Forests” and “Clear Skies” had led to excess logging and air pollution, respectively. To make amends, he has appointed former rival and Nobel laureate Al Gore to head his new conservation initiative, which calls for mandatory cuts on greenhouse gas emissions and rigorous protection for species classified as threatened or endangered.
Ha ha. Sob.