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“Mr. Pootie Poot, The president’s on the line…”

A Dubya Decoder

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Karl Rove, senior adviser: Turd Blossom

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Pootie-Poot

Maureen Dowd, Times columnist: Cobra

Condoleezza Rice, national-security adviser: Guru

Andrew Card, chief of staff: Tangent Man

Rep. Peter King (R-NY): Pedro

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): Hogan

Karen Hughes, campaign adviser: Lima Green Bean

Michael Gerson, Bush speechwriter: The Scribe

Paul O’Neill, ex-Treasury secretary: Big O

Mitch Daniels, ex-budget director: The Blade

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): Sabertooth

British P.M. Tony Blair: Landslide

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA): Ali

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: (D-CA) Frazier

House Speaker Dennis Hastert: (R-IL) Speak

Lawrence Lindsey, economic adviser: Thunderbolt

V.P. Dick Cheney: Big Time

Ex-Canadian P.M. Jean Chrétien: Dino (short for “Dinosaur”)


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