President Bush sharply rebuked incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott for comments that some have called racist, saying any suggestion that segregation was acceptable is “offensive and it is wrong.”

Bush’s comments, delivered to an audience of charities in Philadelphia, came one day after Lott, a Mississippi Republican, said he would not give up his leadership post, despite the furor over his remarks.

“Recent comments by Sen. Lott do not reflect the spirit of our country,” Bush said. “He has apologized and rightly so. Every day that our nation was segregated was a day our nation was unfaithful to our founding ideals.”

Hmm. Maybe Karl Rove was reading Dan Drezner’s memos.

UPDATE: Will Wilkinson has some comments. And Freeside thinks Lott is toast.