April 14, 2004

Unimpress Conference

His thinking is fuzzy. He is our president. Watching him answer questions is painful.

He spent 15+ minutes of giving us his opinion and resolve on Iraq — we have basically seen it before.

In answering questions he relied heavily on evasion and straw men when he wasn’t drawing a blank. That’s how it struck me. Few if any straight answers.

Example: He tells us Osama is the one responsible for 9/11, not he. Nice straw man - no one is suggesting Bush is the one behind the 9/11 attacks. Of course, the ones directly responsible are dead, but few Americans dispute Osama’s role as head of al Qaeda.

If his thinking on his feet were any more fuzzy, it would be angora.

When asked about why Bush and Cheney insist on using the buddy system in their “help” for the 9/11commission, he pretended to misunderstand the question… even after it was clarified. He ignored the real question (Why are you appearing together).

He cast our role in Iraq as a mission from god. I guess that plays to the base.

It is a good thing he took up so much time with the speech portion, because it was painful to watch him with the questions. I disagree with Bush, but I don’t want to hear him struggling for an answer to pop into his head. It really did embarrass me. This is the guy our system put in control. We unleashed Bush on the world. He doesn’t have the introspection to answer simple questions about when he might have made a mistake — the kind of question you might get in any job interview.

We don’t get to ask the president questions ourselves. The press, whether we like them or not, get to ask questions for us. He should be able to give answers. These were not unanticipated questions. Why so much evasion?

Here is the transcript at USA Today

Here’s an analysis of him contradicting himself.

November can’t come soon enough.

Posted by James at April 14, 2004 2:07 AM
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I tried last night but I can't bring myself to watch the guy anymore. You can assemble his responses to all future press conference questions from speeches and lectures he has already delivered. The rhetoric never changes. The smug attitude never wavers. My desire to shoot the television always increases.

Posted by: Mike at April 14, 2004 9:40 AM

I'll read the transcript later. I was making a birthday cake with my daughter... far more productive and joyful use of my time.

I can't sit there and watch Bush lie to me anymore. It's too upsetting. I've gotten some of the hilights though.

"Mr. President, what mistakes have you made?"

"Gee gimme a minute." (minute passes) "Gee gimme several minutes."

Self-righteous prick. How infuriating. This is the "humility"? He was going to bring to the office?

Obviously the dignity, integrity, and humility that Bush was going to bring to the white house are in the same box as Iraq's WMDs. Soon as we find those we'll pick up that other stuff too.

Besides, how hard is it to twist a question about your mistakes into something positive? Job applicants do it all the time. As in:

"Name a mistake you've made recently."

"I worked so hard on that project that I didn't see enough of my family and ended up getting sick. I placed far too much importance on meeting the deadline."

Bushie could just have said "I relied too much on Richard Clarke to keep me posted of terrorist threats." What a tard... he probably thinks the word "relied" means "lied again".

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 14, 2004 12:22 PM
Bush’s will answer questions from the 9/11 commission together with Cheney. When asked about why they insist on using the buddy system, he pretended to misunderstand the question… even after it was clarified.

Air America commentators mad fun of that today...

"Where's Dick? What am I supposed to say? Dick? Dick?"

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 14, 2004 12:25 PM

Wow - I deleted a chunk of text out of my post just before I posted it. The dangers of late night posting.

Posted by: James at April 14, 2004 1:12 PM

Chuck - looking at the transcript, you don't hear the unbelievably long pauses, the awkwardness... I guess you should consider yourself lucky.

Posted by: James at April 14, 2004 1:15 PM

I didn't watch Mr. Bumble last night, but I did hear a clip on the news this morning in which he said Osama bin Laden was the one who attacked us. I damned near fainted. Did he forget that he's been flogging the "Saddam did it" line for nearly two years?

Here's what I heard:

"The person responsible for the attacks was Osama bin Laden. That's who's responsible for killing Americans."

What I just quoted Bush saying is more than just a waffle, it's the whole damned Waffle House!

Posted by: Patti M. at April 14, 2004 3:02 PM

It's nice that he wasn't blaming Saddam for a change, but the context of that quote was that he had been asked if he felt any responsibility for the attacks himself.

Posted by: julie at April 14, 2004 5:20 PM

I dont think it was the pauses that was the most unsettling. It was his overuse of the word "uhm" and "uh" that really struck me. After three years in office, it seems painfully obvious that someone SHOULD have given the man speech lessons. It's not that hard of a class. He could have juggled them in between eating pretzles and thinking of new reasons why they attacked Iraq.

Btw, stumbled upon the blog yesterday while doing research and was hooked.

Posted by: Brian at April 14, 2004 6:17 PM

Welcome, Brian. I'll try to keep it interesting. I get increasingly frustrated as bizarre things happen, like last night's performance being called "a grand slam" or a "slam dunk" by a number of Bush supporters. Sometimes this frustration gets me tongue-tied.

The more reaosnable Bush supporters seem to realize that it was not a strong performance. And that makes all the difference in allowing me to think that the world hasn't completely gone insane.

BTW - I miss running as well. Nursing a touchy achilles tendon.


Posted by: James at April 14, 2004 6:39 PM
After three years in office, it seems painfully obvious that someone SHOULD have given the man speech lessons.

Nobody teaches Bush anything. Being taught requires a modicum of humility which Dubya does not possess.

Posted by: Chuck S. at April 15, 2004 12:08 PM

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