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The New York Times's story today on the Libby trial makes the Libby-Fleischer lunch seem a bit like a date where person number one wants to get to know person number two. Unfortunately, person two just wants to "get down to business":

Mr. Fleischer's day on the stand provided a riveting moment because of the detailed description of the conversation, which he said occurred in his last week at the White House and was the only time Mr. Libby had ever asked him to lunch.Mr. Fleischer said that after casual talk about his new career and the fact that he and Mr. Libby were both fans of the Miami Dolphins, the conversation turned to the controversy then swirling around whether President Bush had used false information in his State of the Union address about Iraqi efforts to obtain uranium in Africa.

It's okay, Ari: We've all been asked out for the first time by someone we really like, only to find that they are more interested in uranium than us.

--Isaac Chotiner

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