Bush defends presidency in final news conference
By JENNIFER LOVEN
AP White House Correspondent Jan 12, 4:42 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) � By turns wistful,
aggressive and joking in the final news conference of his presidency, President
George W. Bush vigorously defended his record Monday but also offered an
extraordinary listing of his mistakes - including his optimistic Iraq speech
before a giant "Mission Accomplished" banner in 2003.
(ap) - "Defends" in the Headline... "Defended" in
the First Paragraph... And of course the "Mission Accomplished" Banner that the
"Free Press" LOVES to continue to bring up. It was the End of the USS Lincoln's
LONGEST Mission, and the Mission of Taking Iraq WAS "Complete". We weren't Done
in 1945 in Japan, you Dishonest Bastards! Hell we didn't Give the Japanese their
Sovereignty back until 1955! I can just Imagine the Mental "YEAHS!" by the other
"Reporters" in the Room after that was Asked. I bet a Couple of them even
Flirted with Removing a Shoe or Two. - tha malcontent)
After starting what he called "the ultimate exit interview" with a lengthy and
personalized thank-you to the reporters in the room who have covered him over
the eight years of his presidency, Bush showed anger at times when presented
with some of the main criticisms of his time in office.
(He's an Angry, Angry Man who is in Denial... You
Know that's EXACTLY what the AP wanted to Print. - tha malcontent)
"I think it's a good, strong record," he said. "You know, presidents can try to
avoid hard decisions and therefore avoid controversy. That's just not my
(A Shot @ Clinton... And an Accurate one @ that...
WTC Attack #1 in 1993... The Declaration of War by bin Laden on the United
States in 1996... The Report in 1999 Outlining al Qaeda's Intentions to Use
Planes as Missiles Against Targets such as the Pentagon, and of course the "Free
Press" Assisted in the Final Hours by Screaming "Relative Peace and Prosperity
for Decades to Come!" as the Stock Market Crashed, Manufacturing Jobs went
bye-bye, and the USS Cole was Attacked during the 2000 Election Fall... Exactly
what (43) was Referring to. - tha malcontent)
He particularly became indignant when asked about America's bruised image
("Indignant"... Classic. And of course it's a Matter
of Fact that our Image is "Bruised" overseas, so says the AP. I Wonder if they
Badgered Clinton about his Attack in the Sudan or Gulf War 1.5 in 1998 during
his Intern Scandal?... I Know the Arab Nations were Not Happy with us then, but
I Don't seem to A-member the AP giving a Rats Ass about it when their Boy was
King. - tha malcontent)
"I disagree with this assessment that, you know, that people view America in a
dim light," he said. "It may be damaged amongst some of the elite. But people
still understand America stands for freedom."
(It's Damaged among Terrorist Nations and Fart
Smelling Europeans... SO WHAT. We don't Govern, nor Protect this REPUBLIC
According to the Opinions of other Countries or Terrorist Groups, AP. - tha
Bush said he realizes that some issues such as the prison for suspected
terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have created controversy at home and around
the world. But he defended his actions after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks, including approving tough interrogation methods for suspected
terrorists and information-gathering efforts at home in the name of protecting
(I Doubt the AP and it's Children in the Room
Illustrated that the DemocRATS in Congress were Virtually Lockstep with the
President just After 9/11, and have Done NOTHING since having FULL Power of
Congress in 2006 to Change anything. - tha malcontent)
With the Iraq war in its sixth year, he most aggressively defended his decisions
on that issue, which will define his presidency like no other. There have been
over 4,000 U.S. deaths since the invasion and toppling of Saddam Hussein in
(Apparently the only thing that has Happened is
Saddam is Gone and 4,000 Americans are Dead According to the AP. - tha
But it was in that area that he also acknowledged mistakes. He said that "not
finding weapons of mass destruction was a significant disappointment." The
accusation that Saddam had and was pursuing weapons of mass destruction was
Bush's main initial justification for going to war.
(We didn't Find Saddam's WMD, which the UN
Documented to Existed Months earlier... So the Months we Played Footsie with the
French before going in, Saddam Hid or Moved those DOCUMENTED WMD, and that's a
"Mistake" on (43)'s Part?... Should he have Ignored the "Free Press" Parroting
of the Left to "Wait", and NOT Listened to the French and just Gone in after the
Weapons?... I can just Image what the AP's Take on that Cowboy Move
would've been. - tha malcontent)
He also cited the abuses found to have been committed by members of the U.S.
military at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq as "a huge disappointment."
(The Criminal Acts of Individuals are the Norm and
Standard for the Entire Military, and in that the Responsibility Solely of the
President... Classic. But Waco was NOT Clinton's Fault... Got it. - tha
"I don't know if you want to call those mistakes or not, but they were - things
didn't go according to plan, let's put it that way," Bush said.
(Ah!... He didn't say they were "Mistakes". So how
does the AP Justify Running this Story with the Angle that he was "Listing his
Mistakes"? - tha malcontent)
And he admitted another miscalculation: Eager to report quick progress after
U.S. troops ousted Saddam's government, he declared less than two months after
the war started that "in the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies
have prevailed," a claim made under a "Mission Accomplished" banner that turned
out to be wildly optimistic. "Clearly, putting `Mission Accomplished' on an
aircraft carrier was a mistake," he said Monday. "It sent the wrong message."
(Well, Apparently that Banner was a Mistake
According to (43)... I Disagree, but the President has to Play the Politics...
That's the Bone they get from him, and they have Chewed on it Obsessively since
he First "Conceded" it, and Probably will for Decades to come. - tha malcontent)
He also defended his decision in 2007 to send an additional 30,000 American
troops to Iraq to knock down violence levels and stabilize life there.
(He Defended Success... Classic. - tha malcontent)
"The question is, in the long run, will this democracy survive, and that's going
to be a question for future presidents," he said.
(Passin' the Buck... Barry will do Very Little
Different, and the Left, being the Obedient Lapdogs to the New POTUS that they
are already Proving to be, will Sit and Like it. - tha malcontent)
On another issue destined to figure prominently in his legacy, Bush said he has
"thought long and hard about Katrina - you know could I have done something
differently, like land Air Force One either in New Orleans or Baton Rouge." Bush
was criticized for flying over the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in
2005, and waiting until four days after it hit to visit the scene.
(A Visit from the President on Day 1, 2 or 3 would
have had what Affect?... Honestly AP. - tha malcontent)
But he also said he disagrees with those who say the federal response to the
storm was slow.
"Don't tell me the federal response was slow when there were 30,000 people
pulled off roofs right after the storm passed. ... Could things been done
better? Absolutely. But when I hear people say the federal response was slow,
what are they going to say to those chopper drivers or the 30,000 who got pulled
off the roof?" he said.
(And I will do what the President won't... "What
about the Mayor?... What about the Governor who Refused Federal Assistance for
24 Hours?..." - tha malcontent)
He also defended his record on Mideast peace.
A bruising offensive by Israel in the Gaza Strip has dashed any slight hopes for
an accord soon that produces a Palestinian state. But Bush, asked why peace
hasn't been achieved, said his administration had made progress. He said he had
laid out the vision for "what peace would look like" and got all sides to agree
on a two-state solution to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
(Fandamntastic... The AP has all but Put the Current
Warring on the Jews. A Question for ya, AP... Who Started Lobbing Rockets into
the Civilian Populace of the other, AP?... No Mention of the Terrorists
Responsibility?... Classic AP. - tha malcontent)
"It's been a long time since they've had peace in the Middle East," he said.
"The challenge, of course, has been to lay out the conditions so that a peaceful
state can emerge. ... Will this ever happen? I think it will. And I know we've
advanced the process."
(Clinton had it all Fixed before he Left Office...
It was Perfect, and then (43) came in and Attacked Iraq for no good Reason! -
He called President-elect Barack Obama "a very smart, engaging person" and said
he wishes his successor all the best. He hinted at the enormous responsibility
Obama is about to assume, describing what it might feel like on Jan. 20 when,
after taking the oath of office, he enters the Oval Office for the first time as
"There'll be a moment when the responsibility of the president lands squarely on
his shoulders," Bush said.
He gave his view of the most urgent threat facing the incoming president: an
attack on the United States. He chose that risk over the dire economic problems
now facing the nation.
(He Chose it because it has Happened TWICE now at the Beginning of (2)
Presidencies... In 1993 al Qaeda Attacked the World Trade Center Killing
Americans on American Soil... Clinton didn't even Visit the Site in 1993, much
Less Capture the Guilty Party who went on to Level those Towers on 9/11... Don't
even get me Started on that. Actually, you could say something Middle East has
Festered for each New President going back to Carter, but I Digress... Something
is almost Certainly going to Happen, just ask VP Joe! - tha malcontent)
"I wish that I could report that's not the case, but there's still an enemy out
there that would like to inflict damage on America - on Americans."
(Fearmongering, Warmongering Tyrant!... If it wasn't
for your Interventionism in your First Year, we would NEVER have been Attacked
on 9/11, Dubya!... What was (43) doing in 2001 that Justified that Attack
again?... - tha malcontent)
He said he would ask Congress to release the remaining $350 billion in Wall
Street bailout money if Obama so desires. But, he said, Obama hadn't made that
request of him yet.
That soon changed. Shortly after the news conference, the White House said Obama
had asked for the request and Bush had agreed to make it.
That will take at least one burden off Obama's shoulders involving a program
that is extraordinarily unpopular with many lawmakers and much of the public.
The last news conference of Bush's presidency lasted 46 minutes, and he took
questions from more than a dozen reporters.
The last previous time the president had taken questions in a public setting was
Dec. 14 in Baghdad, a session that hurtled to the top of the news when Iraqi
journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi threw his shoes at Bush during a
question-and-answer session with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
(Put a Smile on every Person in the "Free Press",
and will every time they Re-Re-Re-Report it... - tha malcontent)
Bush's last previous full-blown news conference was July 15. He refused to hold
another during the final months of last year's presidential campaign, concerned
that the questions would be mostly related to political events and determined to
stay out of GOP nominee John McCain's spotlight as much as possible. But even
though aides had suggested that would change after the election, Bush still
declined to participate in a wide-ranging question-and-answer session until now,
just eight days before leaving office.
(As Compared with Clinton?... (41)?... Reagan?... -
He has been granting a flurry of legacy-focused interviews as he seeks to shape
the view of his presidency on his way out the door.
He gave advice to both his Republican Party and his Democratic successor.
To the GOP, he said it must be "compassionate and broad-minded" to come back
from the drubbing it received in last year's elections, in which Republicans
lost the White House and sank deeper into the minority in Congress. He said the
immigration debate of two years ago was harmful, because conservative opposition
to broad reform made it appear that "Republicans don't like immigrants."
(Sorry, (43), you are Wrong... 2008 was Economy,
Economy, Economy... And of course, Terrible Candidate for the GOP. - tha
"This party will come back. But the party's message has got to be that different
points of view are included in the party," he said.
Bush cautioned Obama not to listen to too much criticism - including from "your
so-called friends" - and to focus on doing what he thinks is right. He also said
to ignore talk of the isolation of the office.
"I have never felt isolated, and I don't think he will," Bush said. "One reason
he won't feel isolated is that he's got a fabulous family and he cares a lot
about his family."
(I wonder what Barry has Said of (43)?... - tha
He went on to mock the way some describe the job.
"I believe the phrase 'burdens of the office' is overstated," he said. "You
know, it's kind of like, `Why me? Oh, the burdens, you know. Why did the
financial collapse have to happen on my watch?' It's just pathetic, isn't it,
self-pity? And I don't believe that President-elect Obama will be full of
Bush seemed to struggle to envision himself on Jan. 21, his first day back at
home and without a job.
(Just about every angle Possible to Paint (43) as
"Defensive", "Angry", "Evasive", "Indignant" and now "Struggling"... Classic. -
"I'm a Type A personality. I just can't envision myself, you know, the big straw
hat and a Hawaiian shirt sitting on some beach," he said. But, he added, it
would probably be a pretty low-key day with him and his wife, Laura, at his
ranch in Texas. "I wake up in Crawford on Tuesday morning - I mean, Wednesday
morning, and I suspect I'll make Laura coffee and, you know, go get it for her."
(And not Think Twice about you Bastards in the "Free Press" as you Fawn ALL OVER
Barry for the Next at least 4 Years. Whatever will the AP do without Dubya to
"kick around"?... A Personal Thank you from me, Mr. President. You
will be Remembered in History as a Great President, and you Action Following
9/11, as Opposed to Clinton's 8 Years of Inaction, Attack after Attack, will be
Viewed as what Settled the Middle East once and for all. But as with all
things, it will Take Time, and a the Courage of Future American Leaders to NOT
put us right back where we were on 9/10. - tha malcontent)
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