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Old 04-13-2004, 08:50 AM   #1
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President Bush Press Conference Tonight

What questions do you think the reporters should ask him, and what would you ask him?
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Old 04-13-2004, 02:13 PM   #2
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Wow, my thread was a resounding success

No one? Oh well..

I'll be watching, and he's pre-empting American Idol anyway
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Old 04-13-2004, 02:23 PM   #3
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Damn President made Fox move 24 to Sunday this week and the same time as Sopranos.

Yeah I'll watch it.
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and he's pre-empting American Idol anyway
He's gonna launch a pre-emptive strike on American Idol? Maybe he has some good ideas after all .

But now my three questions:
1. Why is it nobody in the world takes you seriously anymore? (suggestive questions )
2. Are you affraid of gay people?
3. Who won the FA Cup Final in 1973?
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I'd ask him out on a date....

What's the FA cup?

I think I'd ask him five reasons why he's a better candidate than Kerry...
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He's gonna launch a pre-emptive strike on American Idol? Maybe he has some good ideas after all .

But now my three questions:
1. Why is it nobody in the world takes you seriously anymore? (suggestive questions )
2. Are you affraid of gay people?
3. Who won the FA Cup Final in 1973?

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I'd rather watch American Idol, every day of the week and twice on Sunday than have to listen to the drivel that will surely come out of Bush's mouth tonight. Aren't these press conferences always at 9?
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Did your Daddy really participate in the assassination of JFK?
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24 moved to Sunday!! I'm outraged. Just one more reason why I'm not voting for Bush.
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1. Is it true you have the I.Q of a rock?
2. Are you happy with yourself that you lied
to get the U.S into a war?
3. Are your belongings packed for your leaving
in 2004, after the election?
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Silly questions:

1.) Do you know that someone on VH1 said that "Jenna Bush" would be a great name for a porn star?
2.) Do you call Cheney "Uncle Dick"?

Serious questions:

1.) How do you reconcile being a Christian with your aggressive, unilateral, irresponsible foreign policy?
2.) How would you court the unmarried, young female voter--projected to be this year's "hot" voting bloc--given that you oppose reproductive rights, most gay rights, and just about anything that smacks of being woman- or family-friendly and encroaches on the "right" of corporations to make billions of dollars off of other people's misery?
3.) Would you ever consider welcoming migrant workers and homeless people to your hundreds-of-acres spread in Crawford, even when you're not staying there?
4.) How do you sleep at night?
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All I know is that the FCC should have had their finger on the button for his speech and pressed the delay everytime he screwed up the English language. I'm offended and think I may write them a letter. I mean what are we teaching our children.

You don't have to know English to be the leader of the free world.
Skirting around the question is OK.
And whatever you do, don't take responsibility.
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Q: Thank you, Mr. President. In the last campaign, you were asked a question about the biggest mistake you'd made in your life, and you used to like to joke that it was trading Sammy Sosa. You've looked back before 9/11 for what mistakes might have been made. After 9/11, what would your biggest mistake be, would you say, and what lessons have you learned from it?

THE PRESIDENT: I wish you would have given me this written question ahead of time, so I could plan for it. (Laughter.) John, I'm sure historians will look back and say, gosh, he could have done it better this way, or that way. You know, I just -- I'm sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with an answer, but it hadn't yet.

I would have gone into Afghanistan the way we went into Afghanistan. Even knowing what I know today about the stockpiles of weapons, I still would have called upon the world to deal with Saddam Hussein. See, I happen to believe that we'll find out the truth on the weapons. That's why we've sent up the independent commission. I look forward to hearing the truth, exactly where they are. They could still be there. They could be hidden, like the 50 tons of mustard gas in a turkey farm.
Did this jump out at anyone else while watching? What does he know today about the WMD that he didn't know previously?
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Mr. Bush's Press Conference
New York Times Editorial
Published: April 14, 2004

Happily, President Bush finally held a prime-time news conference last night. Unhappily, he failed to address either of the questions uppermost in Americans' minds: how to move Iraq from its current chaos, and what he has learned from the 9/11 investigations.

Mr. Bush was grave and impressive while reading his opening remarks, which focused on the horrors of terrorism and the great good that could come from establishing a free and democratic Iraq. No one in the country could disagree with either thought. But his responses to questions were distressingly rambling and unfocused. He promised that Iraq would move from the violence and disarray of today to full democracy by the end of 2005, but the description of how to get there was mainly a list of dates when good things are supposed to happen.

There was still no clear description of exactly who will accept the sovereignty of Iraq from the coalition on June 30. "We'll find out that soon," the president said, adding that U.N. officials are "figuring out the nature of the entity we'll be handing sovereignty over" to. In Mr. Bush's mind, whatever happens next now appears to be the responsibility of the United Nations. That must have come as a surprise to the U.N. negotiators and their bosses, who have not agreed to accept that responsibility and do not believe that they have been given the authority to make those decisions.

Mr. Bush did concede that the Iraqi security forces had not performed well during the violence and that more American troops would probably be needed. But his rhetoric, including the repetition of the phrase "stay the course," did not seem to indicate any fresh or clear thinking about Iraq, despite the many disturbing events of recent weeks.

The second issue that has overwhelmed the nation in recent days is the 9/11 investigating commission. While repeatedly expressing his grief over the deaths related to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Mr. Bush seemed to entertain no doubts about the rightness of his own behavior, no questions about whether he should have done something in response to the domestic terrorism report he received on Aug. 6, 2001.

The United States has experienced so many crises since Mr. Bush took office that it sometimes feels as if the nation has embarked on one very long and painful learning curve in which every accepted truism becomes a doubt, every expectation a question mark. Only Mr. Bush somehow seems to have avoided any doubt, any change.
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That was bad...he doesn't really answer the questions, and they said the last press conference he had was before the war started

As Simon would say, completely and utterly dreadful
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This is one of my favorite parts. Good job answering the question Dubya, can't wait till the hearing before the commission. If you answer the questions as well as you did here we'll definately find some resolution.

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QUESTION: Mr. President, why are you and the vice president insisting on appearing together before the 9/11 commission? And, Mr. President, who will we be handing the Iraqi government over to on June 30th?

BUSH: Weíll find that out soon. Thatís what Mr. Brahimi is doing. Heís figuring out the nature of the entity weíll be handing sovereignty over.

And, secondly, because the 9/11 commission wants to ask us questions, thatís why weíre meeting. And I look forward to meeting with them and answering their questions.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) I was asking why youíre appearing together, rather than separately, which was their request.

BUSH: Because itís a good chance for both of us to answer questions that the 9/11 commission is looking forward to asking us. And Iím looking forward to answering them.
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It was so painful to watch that for a nanosecond I actually felt something resembling pity. He seemed defeated. Completely and utterly inarticulate and lacking the attention span to even finish a thought. He seemed on the verge of unraveling.
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Old 04-14-2004, 11:02 AM   #18
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3. Who won the FA Cup Final in 1973?
Since Bush didn't answer this last night....can you tell me the answer...I don't want to look it up!

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i really don't know what people want him to say about what he did pre 9/11. if he admits to making mistakes, the left will run with it and pin the blame for 9/11 on him and him alone... the ole bucks tops here approach. if he doesn't admit to making mistakes, then he's "avoiding the questions."

obviously the entire bush administration made mistakes leading up to 9/11... as did the fbi, the cia, the airport security, the immigration services, the clinton administration, the first bush administration, the reagan administration, and probably even administrations before that.

why did all of these smart people make these mistakes? 'cause we were at war, but we didn't know it. it's very similar to pearl harbor. the japanese had been planning that attack for years. should the roosevelt adminstration have known? possiably... were the hints and clues there? yes... but america was under a false pretense that we were protected by the pacific ocean... that there was no way that a surprise, pre-emptive attack by the japanese could by carried out, and that the immediate danger was sabatoge... thus why all the boats were placed close together, for "added security."

9/11 was the same thing... we were expecting terrorism over seas... we knew it was possiable that they could strike here, but we didn't expect it. and if there was a hijacking, it was expected to be for the release of hostages, not to be used as missiles. were there people who predicted that planes could be used as weapons? of course... debt of honor by tom clancy, which came out in 1994, ends with a terrorist flying a plane into the Captiol building... so yes, it was thought of... but go look at the pre 9/11 reviews of the book on amazon.com.. you'll see a familiar pattern to many of the reviews... "The ending is certainly a shock, but again too far fetched."

i really hope the democrats get off this issue... it's a no win situation for either side. EVERYONE screwed up... let's stop trying to find one person to pin it on and continue fixing what DID go wrong.
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I read an Op-Ed in the Boston Globe yesterday that was essentially saying the same thing as you stated Headache. Or at least, the beginning of it.
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http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/10...me_game+.shtml

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Drop the 9/11 blame game
WHILE IRAQ burns, America fiddles with the blame game.

The important time frame for the country right now is not what happened before Sept. 11. It is everything that happened afterward.

How did we go from fighting a war in Afghanistan that made sense to fighting a war with Iraq that makes none? And now that we are fighting it, how do we end it? Let's convene a special commission and get the answers to those questions. That is testimony worth contemplating.

The systemic failure of intelligence over time and immediately before the terrorist attacks is obvious and needs to be addressed. But the issue is being politicized at the worst possible moment: American soldiers are dying in Iraq, coalition members are under attack, and Iraq is in free fall.

Hold George W. Bush accountable for everything having to do with war in Iraq. Waging it was his choice; if it fails to achieve what he predicted, it is his failure. Sept. 11 belongs to the country.

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There is collective responsiblity for every step along the way to Sept. 11. Bush alone is responsible for every step since.
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