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Monday, January 17, 2005

Bush Speaks

The Washington Post put the transcript of Bush's Air Force One sit-down on-line.

Here's the whole enchilada.

A few key excerpts. Let's start with...Osama Bin Hidin.'
The Post: Why do you think [Osama] bin Laden has not been caught?

THE PRESIDENT: Because he's hiding.

The Post: Our allies have done all they can do to help catch him?

THE PRESIDENT: We're on the hunt.
The bugle sounds...the charge begins.
The Post: Do you think others are on the hunt, too? Are you happy, content with what other countries are doing in that hunt?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

The Post: Anyone you're not happy with? (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Look, bin Laden is elusive, and he is in a remote part of the world. And we are -- I am -- I can't think of anybody in the world who is our ally who isn't willing to do what is necessary to try to find him. And so I am pleased about the hunt, and I am pleased that he's isolated. I will be more pleased when he's brought to justice, and I think he will be.
ME: Sir, are you using dogs in this hunt? If so, what kind? If not, why? Every coalition nation has at least one breed that could, if called upon, do the job. No comment? Well, let's move on to Social Security.
The Post: Will you talk to Senate Democrats about your privatization plan?

THE PRESIDENT: You mean, the personal savings accounts?
Ooh. He's good. You won't catch him on that one.
The Post: Yes, exactly. Scott has been --

THE PRESIDENT: We don't want to be editorializing, at least in the questions.

The Post: You used partial privatization yourself last year, sir.
I spoke too soon!
THE PRESIDENT: Yes?

The Post: Yes, three times in one sentence. We had to figure this out, because we're in an argument with the RNC [Republican National Committee] about how we should actually word this. [Post staff writer] Mike Allen, the industrious Mike Allen, found it.
Wait. The Post has an argument with the RNC about how to word...what? Questions relating to "privatizing" Social Security? "Will you talk to Senate Democrats about your privatization plan?" WTF?!

Do not buy into their fucking language. Come on.
THE PRESIDENT: Allen did what now?

The Post: You used [the term] partial privatization.

THE PRESIDENT: I did, personally?

The Post: Right.

THE PRESIDENT: When?

The Post: To describe it.

THE PRESIDENT: When, when was it?

The Post: Mike said it was right around the election.

THE PRESIDENT: Seriously?

The Post: It was right around the election. We'll send it over.

THE PRESIDENT: I'm surprised. Maybe I did. It's amazing what happens when you're tired. Anyway, your question was? I'm sorry for interrupting.
Yes. It's amazing what happens when you're tired. You go to sleep...and you wake up to find that the conservatives have completely rewritten Webster's Dictionary.

Man.
The Post: Secretary Powell said this week that American troops will begin leaving Iraq this year. Is that true?

THE PRESIDENT: The way I would put it is, American troops will be leaving as quickly as possible, but they won't be leaving until we have completed our mission. And part of the mission is to train Iraqis so they can fight the terrorists. And the sooner the Iraqis are prepared -- better prepared, better equipped to fight -- the sooner our troops will start coming home.

The Post: Can you be sure that by the end of your second term, that there will be a significant reduction?

THE PRESIDENT: I'm still on the, as quick as possible.
So am I.

More later...

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