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All the chief of staff's men.

From 1986 letters sent to Judge Reggie B. Walton after the March 6 conviction of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr., former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, for perjury and obstruction of justice. On June 5, Walton sentenced Libby to thirty months in prison and fined him $250,000.

Like many, I think my first question upon meeting him was, "Scooter, what type of name is that?" I would not have imagined him to be the serious, intense, sober, intellectually minded individual that he is.

I am the head flight attendant on Air Force Two. Once, I overlooked Scooter's duffel bag, which was left behind in the overhead compartment. I personally delivered the bag to Mr. Libby at his residence. As I tried to apologize, Scooter stopped me and said, "Ron, don't worry about it. You have done it right a hundred times before, so this one incident is not a big deal. It happens."

He never forgot the "little people" he befriended. When a junior staffer in the White House became embroiled in a scary situation, failing to pass a polygraph test, Scooter, on his own time, helped our friend work through it. Why? Because, as he noted to me, "It was the right thing to do."

We both greatly enjoyed playing football. Scooter was tough and a good tackler; he reminded me of Pat Fischer, the former Washington Redskins cornerback.

The only time I ever saw Scooter get upset was when a framed picture of his kids fell off his desk and broke. He let out a silent "damn" and asked his assistant if she could get it fixed, as it was his "favorite picture."

I was amused to see in the press various conspiratorial explanations advanced for the poetic nature of a letter Scooter wrote to Judith Miller. Clearly, our Washington press corps couldn't imagine a government official expressing himself with such originality and artistry. This is a mistake they could have avoided had they read Scooter's novel, The Apprentice, which garnered, along with low sales, critical praise.

We double-dated when we were single. I have read not only his prose but also the unpublished yet equally high-quality poetry this true Renaissance man has written.

As I watched the trial proceed, a brief passage from The Apprentice frequently came to mind: "For the storm had reached the point beyond the strength of men."

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Title Annotation:Testimonials; I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Jr.
Publication:Harper's Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2007
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