'Did You Push My Button? Yes. Am I Going to Talk? You Bet.'

By Al Kamen
Friday, November 23, 2007

It's holiday shopping time, and you're once again scurrying about looking for something besides the usual earrings, ties, shirts or sweaters.

Why not capitalize on the growing "Rummy nostalgia" phenomenon? After having him for six years as a constant source of hatred, despair or admiration, let's face it, some of you just kinda miss the wacky old SecDef, the genius who insisted on going into Iraq with only 150,000 troops or so.

Got just the thing: It's a 12-inch "Rummy" doll that looks vaguely like him and features bits of his historic news conferences that you can play just by pressing a little button on the back of his coat.

Yes, you can listen to 28 of former defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's greatest displays of impeccable logic:

¿ "What they do with themselves is up to them, and what the people around them do with them is up to the people around them."

And there are the classics:

¿ "There are known knowns, there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns, that is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns, there are things we do not know we don't know, and each year we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns."

¿ "We have a saying in America: If you're in a hole, stop digging. . . . I'm not sure I should have said that."

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