Monday, August 21, 2006

An Unscripted President Bush

Little can be as enjoyable for a lefty -- or as concerning for a righty -- as an unscripted President Bush.

Here's some of the transcript from a Bush press conference today:

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BUSH: The terrorists attacked us and killed 3,000 of our citizens before we started the freedom agenda in the Middle East.

QUESTION: What did Iraq have to do with it?

BUSH: What did Iraq have to do with what?

QUESTION: The attack on the World Trade Center.

BUSH: Nothing. Except it’s part of — and nobody has suggested in this administration that Saddam Hussein ordered the attack. Iraq was a — Iraq — the lesson of September 11th is take threats before they fully materialize, Ken. Nobody’s ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.

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Nobody's ever suggested that the attacks of September the 11th were ordered by Iraq.

Nor did the reporter in his question -- he asked what Iraq had to do with the terrorist attacks on September 11.

And Bush nailed it with his first answer: Nothing.

Think Progress has the video here.

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UPDATE: TPM Muckraker has more on Bush's claim that his administration never said Iraq ordered the terrorist attacks on September 11. While this is technically true, they point out that the White House has suggested on numerous occassions that Saddam Hussein was involved in the attacks.

Seems the White House has now changed its stance on that. Will its defenders do the same?

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