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Bush Press Conference Again Scripted Beforehand

This is just like what happened at an earlier press conference where Bush told a reporter he couldn't answer his question because the conference was scripted.
The Memory Hole website writes:

When Bush gave his second prime-time press conference in two years (on 6 March 2003), in a flustered moment, he admitted that the production was "scripted." But in transcripts of the event, all media outlets, except one, have changed or removed that embarassing moment.

It happened when Bush was looking down at his notes to see which reporter he was supposed to call upon. The following excerpt is from the official transcript at the White House's Website:

The risk of doing nothing, the risk of hoping that Saddam Hussein changes his mind and becomes a gentle soul, the risk that somehow -- that inaction will make the world safer, is a risk I'm not willing to take for the American people.

We'll be there in a minute. King, John King. This is a scripted -- (laughter.)

Q Thank you, Mr. President. How would -- sir, how would you answer your critics who say that they think this is somehow personal?

You can confirm this for yourself by going to the transcript  http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/03/20030306-8.html
The exchange is not quite halfway down the page.
Download a videoclip of Bush's "This is scripted" slip-up (Quicktime)  http://www.thememoryhole.org/media/bush-scripted.mov

Also see the CNN Transcript: http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0303/09/rs.00.html
"Were White House Reporters Used as Cogs in Pro-War Machine?; What Is Life Like for Journalists on Front Lines?"
In Which Katrina Vanden Heuvel, Editor of The Nation stated:

"But one had a sense of being at the court of King George. I mean, Bush at one point said, this is scripted. He looked down at his list, this was the first time in modern memory when a president had a list of reporters he was going to call on. This was not democracy. This was managed democracy."

Paul Joseph Watson | April 14 2004

George W. Bush's Tuesday night press conference was the usual torrent of endlessly repeated cuddly sugar coated questions followed by the same endlessly repeated worn out monotone responses.

Interestingly enough though Bush again let it slip that the press conference was scripted and that the questions had been vetted beforehand by the White House.

Near the end of the conference Bush took a question;
QUESTION: "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 learned from it?"

BUSH: I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it.

John, I'm sure historians will look back and say, gosh, he could've 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 answer, but it hadn't yet."

Anyone who watched the TV footage witnessed the embarrasing sight of Bush pausing for at least five seconds and saying absolutely nothing. Bush's admonition that the question should have been written 'ahead of time' (like the rest) proves that this was an impromptu question in an otherwise carefully scripted briefing.

Many people have speculated that Bush actually wears an ear piece and the responses are fed through to him and he just repeats them. I have done radio interviews but I'm by no means a master of public speaking. If a radio host asks a question about a topic that I have no detailed knowledge of then I can at least give a surface answer and so could most other people. Bush, the President of the most powerful country on earth, could not even do that. He literally stood there in silence fumbling around 'waiting for an answer to pop into his head' (or through the ear piece).

This pep rally for the Neo-Cons has again fallen flat on its face and Bush has only further proven that he runs absolutely nothing in Washington and is just the frontman for the real powerbrokers behind the scenes.
Read the transcript of the whole conference: http://www.kron4.com/global/Story.asp?s=1783060
How can we change this....? 14.Apr.2004 12:06

Leech leechtravel@msn.com

I fully agree that these press conferences (few and far between as they are) seem scripted and, to me, are laughable. It almost looks like a Saturday Night Live skit.... That being said, How can we, as the voting electorate, put pressure on the media, or the White House, to be more accountable to the people? I've become so frustrated with this administration, but I feel most of those I know in Portland (who feel the same way) are just "preaching to the choir" while sipping good IPA's and coffee.... Other than our vote, how can we mobilize this anger?

Now is the time to confront people 14.Apr.2004 16:20

gofor thejugular

Expose the 911 scam and the whole house of cards falls.

There are three types of Americans:
1.bush believers
2. anti-bush that don't know how bad it really is
3. those that know bush and the gang deserve trial for treason & war crimes

now is the time for all the 3s to take it to both the 1s and 2s.

They lied about the war, what else have they lied about? !!!

Why are they acting like they're covering up something with the 911 commission,
stalling at every turn, refusing to testify under oath. After that 'performance' by bush last night... i think millions more Americans woke up... we demand his public testimony, alone, under oath before the 911 panel... and he goes down. he will crack under the pressure.

i'm praying for something major where he blows it, and they arrest him right there, they take him outta there kicking and screaming... cheney on the lamb... :)

confront everyone you know- why does bush need to testify in private with cheney? it's a joke!

i like this one- spark up a conversation in line at the store.... you have all these sheeple captive while they wait for the cashier.... they're all silently waiting, and you start discussing this with a friend.. "The title was Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States! - He was on friggin vacation for a month!!! and this is the -
i'll keep you safe president?"
you could have a friend 'play republican' ... break down in tears... hahahaha

Anyone got a group... instead of the movies fri night... it's the 100th monkey at walmart... every checkout line has a discussion on 911 !!!

no more preachin to the choir... time to go to those with their heads buried, gotta help them pull it out.

if not you, who?
if not now, when?

proof of the big lie, with pics and audio
"Bin Laden Determined to Attack" ...it happens... and bush does nothing!!!




Apr 15 2004

Millions see Dubya fluff question on conflict

By Mark Ellis, Foreign Editor

PRESIDENT George Bush was laid bare to the world as a bumbling embarrassment yesterday when he couldn't think up an answer to a reporter's question.

His keynote address to the American nation, watched by millions, saw the president at his cringe-making worst.

In the glare of the live television cameras he grimaced, sighed, rambled and chuckled under his breath, before saying he could not think of a single mistake since the September 11 attacks.

Last night American pundits were far from impressed by the performance of their leader.

For 17-minutes all went smoothly as the president delivered a prepared statement about Iraq in only his third solo appearance before reporters at the White House.

Then came the bombshell. He was asked to name his biggest mistake since September 11.

"I wish you'd have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it," Mr Bush appeared to joke, before taking a long pause.

"Er, I'm sure historians will look back and say, 'Gosh, he could have done it better this way, or that way'. 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."

Even journalists familiar with the President's 'Bush-isms', a mix of misspoken words and grammatical errors, were taken aback by his latest ramblings and cast knowing glances.

Mr Bush zig-zagged from explaining his decisions to invade Afghanistan and Iraq to his firm belief that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

Then he mentioned the discovery of mustard gas on a turkey farm in Libya for good measure.

Next came his most jaw-dropping reply: "I don't want to sound like I have made no mistakes. I'm confident I have. I just haven't. You just put me under the spot here, and maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one."

About half of the 15 questions Bush fielded gave him the chance to admit a mistake or express regret for his administration's actions in Iraq, or on the 2001 attacks, but he never did.

However, he did admit for the first time Iraqis are not entirely pleased with the situation.

In a Forrest Gump moment he stated: "They're not happy they're occupied. I wouldn't be happy if I were occupied either."

Later, wrapping up the press conference, he said: "It's a pretty sombre assessment today. One thing is for certain, though, about me (pause) and the world has learned this (pause), when I say something, I mean it. And the credibility of the United States is incredibly important for keeping world peace and freedom."

The news conference was Bush's fourth major attempt to rally the country behind his war plans. He gave an interview to Diane Sawyer of ABC TV in December, delivered his State of the Union address in January and appeared on NBC's Meet the Press in February.

None of the earlier appearances were considered particularly effective, and recent polls show the president's job-approval rating below 50 per cent.

Tuesday's hour-long session was being compared yesterday to his lacklustre performance on NBC's Meet the Press, which his own supporters criticised as unsure and bumbling.

His first prime time news conference for more than a year was meant to reassure Americans worried by the rising death toll of US soldiers in Iraq and a recent spate of kidnappings.

The president needed to show he was still in charge and had a credible plan to restore order in Iraq, but White House commentators were left sceptical.

Politics professor Robert T Starks, called Bush "an abomination to a great nation", after watching his performance on TV in Chicago. The 60-year-old political science professor at Northeastern Illinois University, branded Bush's answers to reporters' questions "vapid, confusing and evasive".

And veteran Washington analyst Stephen Hess, who worked in the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations, said: "It was a strange performance. It was like one of the channels on my old TV set that keeps going in and out of focus. There were moments when I thought he was strong and had a message, and then he would sort of fade out."

Bush needed to impress. A poll by the respected Newsweek magazine last week showed support for his handling of terror has slumped to 59 per cent from 70 per cent in January.

Most polls, including one yesterday, show Bush and John Kerry, his main Democrat rival, are neck-and-neck in the race for the White House. Professor George Edwards, editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly said: "There is no doubt that the president has been slipping, and the reason for the press conference was to try to arrest that slippage in the polls.

"It is not a matter of life or death, but the stakes were very high. It didn't look very impressive or reassuring.

"He was losing credibility and losing approval for his war on terrorism. He needed to go out there and try to shore up his support."

Jill Zack, 26, a marketing manager from New Mexico, was unmoved by Bush's address, accusing the president of changing his story to justify the war.

She said: "We went there because we were scared they had weapons of mass destruction, but now it's about Iraqi freedom, but is that our desire or their desire?"

President Bush also blundered by repeating Condoleezza Rice's gaffe of omitting Lockerbie from a list of terrorist atrocities.

Religious war is not part of official US military doctrine 15.Apr.2004 10:09

Sidney Blumenthal

At his press conference, Bush was a confusion of absolute confidence and panic. He jumbled facts and conflated threats, redoubling the vehemence of his incoherence at every mildly sceptical question. He attempted to create a false political dichotomy between "retreat" and his own vague and evolving position on Iraq, which now appears to follow senator John Kerry's, of granting more authority to the UN and bringing in Nato.

The ultimate revelation was Bush's vision of a divinely inspired apocalyptic struggle in which he is the leader of a crusade bringing the Lord's "gift." . . . But religious war is not part of official US military doctrine.