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April 14, 2004

The Whirl of Kaleidoscope Ties

What staffer picked out that tie? The thing was strobing like a disco dance floor.

Seriously, my heart goes out to all those Fox News schlubs working to cobble together a highlight reel for the morning news: our beloved Rhetor-in-Chief gave you fellas little to work with tonight.

Quoth the scion: "maybe I need to learn to communicate better."

They let the guy off the ranch for a few hours and here's what happens:

...the truth of the matter is, most in the country never felt that we'd be vulnerable to an attack such as the one that Osama bin Laden unleashed on us... nobody in our government, at least, and I don't think the prior government, could envision flying airplanes into buildings on such a massive scale.
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And the answer is that had I had any inkling whatsoever that the people were going to fly airplanes into buildings, we would have moved heaven and earth to save the country -- just like we're working hard to prevent a further attack.
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Ed, I asked for the briefing. And the reason I did is because there had been a lot of threat intelligence from overseas. And so -- part of it had to do with Genoa, the G8 conference that I was going to attend. And I asked, at that point in time, let's make sure we are paying attention here at home, as well. And that's what triggered the report.
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Q Mr. President, why are you and the Vice President insisting on appearing together before the 9/11 Commission? And, Mr. President, who will you be handing the Iraqi government over to on June 30th?
THE PRESIDENT: We will find that out soon. That's what Mr. Brahimi is doing; he's figuring out the nature of the entity we'll be handing sovereignty over. And, secondly, because the 9/11 Commission wants to ask us questions, that's why we're meeting. And I look forward to meeting with them and answering their questions.
Q I was asking why you're appearing together, rather than separately, which was their request.
THE PRESIDENT: Because it's a good chance for both of us to answer questions that the 9/11 Commission is looking forward to asking us, and I'm looking forward to answering them.
Let's see --
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See, I happen to believe that we'll find out the truth on the weapons. That's why we've sent up the independent commission. I look forward to hearing the truth, exactly where they are. They could still be there. They could be hidden, like the 50 tons of mustard gas in a turkey farm.
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"The Whirl of Kaleidoscope Ties"
Posted by Dan at 01:06 AM

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Referenced in this post:

CNN: Transcript: David Kay at Senate hearing
David Corn: MIA WMDs—For Bush, It's a Joke
G8 Iformation Centre: Issue Objectives for the Genoa Summit Meeting 2001
Guardian: G8 summit may have been Bin Laden target
Guardian: Missiles to protect summit leaders
USATODAY: August 6, 2001—Poll finds most are put off by Bush vacation
White House: President Addresses the Nation in Prime Time Press Conference
White House: President's Remarks (Video)