This image is Photoshopped and is not related to the story below.From American Progress: The Progress Report
ETHICS -- NEW PHOTO OF BUSH AND ABRAMOFF REBUTS ADMINISTRATION'S SPIN:
The New York Times and TIME magazine have released a photograph of fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff standing near President Bush at the White House on May 9, 2001. At the 2001 meeting, Bush met with 21 state legislators, Abramoff, and several of the lobbyist's tribal clients.Abramoff charged his clients $25,000 for arranging the meeting. The New York Times reports, "[The picture] leaves unanswered questions about how Mr. Abramoff and the tribal leader, whom he was trying to sign as a client, gained access to a meeting with the president on the White House grounds that was ostensibly for a group of state legislators who were supporting Mr. Bush's 2001 tax cut plan." The White House previously tried to deny Abramoff's presence at the May 2001 meeting. "The White House has no record of the Coushattas or Abramoff at the May 9, 2001," said White House spokeswoman Erin Healy in June 2005.