By Harry Welty
Bush began his press conference last night my wife and I were leaving
A lot of
pundits have taken pains lately to explain that
I wish this fellow had paid more attention to George Bush immediately after 9/11. One of the things that most impressed me about Bush was his call not to judge Islam by the standards of assassins and terrorists. He did his utmost to make sure that Americans did not take vengeance on the American Islamic community. I’m sure that the President would recoil, as I did, when I read the van driver’s first amendment protected wisecrack.
I believe the President genuinely wants to give the Islamic world an
opportunity to enjoy the fruits of democracy. This would be
Bush sold the war in part by saying that
Administration’s unwillingness to address these and other difficult
questions may help to explain Bush’s reluctance to hold press conferences.
By this point in his Presidency JFK was dead but he had already given 64 press
conferences. In fact, no president in my lifetime has been so reluctant to
face the press, not even Richard Nixon, who hated the press and whose hate was
reciprocated. George Bush has only held eight or nine press conferences. This
one was only Bush’s second press conference since our invasion of
So after a year of avoiding the press how well did the President do? It was no fireside chat let me tell you. Bush stuck to the familiar lines we’ve heard him say many times before. In some cases he simply borrowed the words of his advisors like when he quoted Condoleeza Rice’s cliché about how she “would have moved heaven and earth” to stop 9/11 had only she been forewarned. Bush couldn’t muster the same authority that he’d mastered post 9/11. He stumbled, lost track of what he was saying, interjected peculiar asides, and searched his mind distractedly trying to recall the “on message” phrases his handlers had given him in advance so that he wouldn’t say anything unscripted.
has gambled his Presidency on
Bush pulled together a huge coalition his son incurred world-wide rancor. The
son charged in where the father refused to tread. Today American soldiers are
next President is I hope he doesn’t renege on the promises made to the
I suspect our next president will hold a lot more press conferences. If there are more press conferences I'm sure the fellow in the van will be very disappointed.
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