Bush aide in screaming match with congressman over Iraq meeting leak

Rich, nougaty irony: the report of the shouting match was itself leaked by legislators who happened to be there yesterday at the White House when it all went down.

Reps. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) attracted the ire of White House officials for allegedly speaking to reporters about a Tuesday meeting between Bush and centrist Republicans on the Iraq war. Details of the contentious meeting first emerged Wednesday evening and attracted Page 1 headlines yesterday.

Sources said that Dan Meyer, Bush’s liaison to the House, confronted LaHood while White House political strategist Karl Rove rebuked Kirk. It is unclear if LaHood or Kirk were the originial sources for the stories, but LaHood was quoted in one of the articles.

Regardless, LaHood and Meyer got into a shouting match as emotions ran high and voices were raised yesterday morning in the White House while lawmakers were waiting to meet with first lady Laura Bush, according to two legislators who witnessed the exchange.

They went there for a full and frank exchange of views, then emerged to publicly congratulate themselves about just how fully and frankly they had taken it to the Chimperor. Hope they enjoyed the meeting; they won’t be getting another one until 2009.