Bush's upcoming interview on "Meet the Press" if

llad12

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Bush's upcoming interview on "Meet the Press"

President Bush has granted an hour-long, one on one interview on "Meet the Press" this weekend. These are some of the questions one might expect:

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-- "When did you realize that your Administration's cost estimates for the Medicare prescription drug law were wildly underestimated, and how did you react to that news?"

-- "How will you ensure that voters enter the polls with no unanswered questions about prewar intelligence?"

-- "David Kay offered this blunt assessment: 'We were all wrong.' Why were we all wrong?"

-- "Let me show you an exchange you had with Diane Sawyer in an interview she conducted with you in December, and then I would like you to react."

DIANE SAWYER: But stated as a hard fact, that there were weapons of mass destruction as opposed to the possibility that he could move to acquire those weapons still --

PRESIDENT BUSH: So what's the difference?

DIANE SAWYER: Well --

PRESIDENT BUSH: The possibility that he could acquire weapons. If he were to acquire weapons, he would be the danger. That's, that's what I'm trying to explain to you. A gathering threat, after 9/11, is a threat that needed to be de - dealt with, and it was done after 12 long years of the world saying the man's a danger. And so we got rid of him and there's no doubt the world is a safer, freer place as a result of Saddam being gone.

-- "How many American troops will be in Iraq on election day in November? And why did you describe this question from Elisabeth Bumiller of the New York Times as a 'trick' question: 'Can you promise a year from now that you will have reduced the number of troops in Iraq?'"?

-- "And why did you describe this question from Stretch as a 'trick' question: 'Can you rule out the possibility of further tax cut proposals next year?'?"

-- "Besides tax cuts, what is the Bush plan for restoring manufacturing jobs to states such as Michigan?"

-- "At the end of your term, how many Americans will lack health insurance, and how does that compared to the number who lacked health insurance when you took office?"

-- "Tell us in as much detail as you recall how you spent your weekends in 1972 and 1973."

-- "Do you know who the Valerie Plame leakers are? Have you thought much about it? Will you keep your word to hold accountable those responsible for the leak, no matter how high their post?"

-- "What is the difference between your view of civil unions for same-sex couples and the views of Howard Dean and John Kerry?"

-- "Michael Powell, your chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has announced there will be an investigation into the Super Bowl halftime show. You have said you didn't see the show -- didn't see the nudity or the other parts of the performance that raised concerns-- but you heard about what happened. Should this be a priority for the FCC? And what kind of punishment do you think would be appropriate for CBS?"

-- "A strong majority of Americans believe the federal deficit is a 'very serious' or 'somewhat serious' problem. And members of your own party are increasingly angry about your budget spending proposals and the historic deficits your Administration is posting. Economists say that your often-repeated claim to cut the deficit in half is, in fact, impossible. How do you answer those critics?"
Here are some of responses you might anticipate from Dubya:





"You invited me to come here and talk about -- I thought -- the whole record."

"Everybody's admitted mistakes. I've admitted mistakes. And you want to dwell on them, and I want to talk about the values we believe in and experience and the integrity that goes with all of this, and what's -- I'm going to do about education, and you're . . . there's nothing new here. I thought this was a news program. What is new?"

"I have respect for you, but I don't have respect for what you're doing here today."

"Well, I want to be judged on the whole record, and you're not giving an opportunity." "I don't think it's fair to judge my whole career by a rehash on Iraq. How would you like it if I judged your career by those times you talked obsessively about the Bills on the set in New York?"
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You think I am kidding? Check this link http://www.ratherbiased.com/transcript.htm and see how Dubya's Daddy did it. ;)



 

maccool

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Llad, you left out the most common answer, 9/11.

I'll be watching, thanks for the reminder. I would love it if Russert sneaks in a unapproved question. Bush is just too much when he gets flustered.
 

jimmyboy

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His ego took over his reasoning. As I understand it, he is doing the interview against the advice of his advisors. He's walking into an ambush.

If I was on his staff, I'd get busy on an apology speach and pray for that an act of God breaks knocks out the broadcasting.
 

Steve_Kow

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This is just one man's opinion but it seems this whole Iraq issue is almost like the Monica Lewinsky "scandel" that Bill had; people who already disliked the president get even more pissed, while those who favored him continue to do so.
 

maccool

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Steve_Kow said:
This is just one man's opinion but it seems this whole Iraq issue is almost like the Monica Lewinsky "scandel" (sic) that Bill had; people who already disliked the president get even more pissed, while those who favored him continue to do so.

You're absolutely right, Steve. What's worse: a hummer in the Oval Office or 500 dead U.S. soldiers? I think we all know the answer to that....9/11.
 

mouschi

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maccool said:
You're absolutely right, Steve. What's worse: a hummer in the Oval Office or 500 dead U.S. soldiers? I think we all know the answer to that....9/11.
Hah.

When will the interview air?
 

Steve_Kow

Banned
maccool said:
You're absolutely right, Steve. What's worse: a hummer in the Oval Office or 500 dead U.S. soldiers? I think we all know the answer to that....9/11.
How could I be absolutely right if I don't know how to spell "scandal"? ;)
 

Dredd

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I'm sure the President will be well rehearsed for any questions that come his way. I highly doubt anything extraordinary will come out of this interview. He will be expecting tough -- maybe even inflamatory -- questions. He is a pro at handling things like this.

While I'm not a huge fan of George W., I give him loads of credit for one thing: Being able to handle confrontation calmly and with an air of dignity. This skill helped him win both televised debates with Al Gore during the elections. Not that he needed that much help -- Gore did a fine job of making himself look like a playground bully in both debates. :p
 

Plum

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I always found Bush to be an awful speaker for some reason. His speeches are quite well written, but he has never seemed to execute a decent delivery. If you compare him directly when he's speaking with people such as Blair or to recent leaders such as Clinton, both of whom have a general flair for speaking, Bush doesn't begin to compare in my opinion.
 

llad12

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So what did you think of our esteemed leader's interview?

Personally, I thought Bush was a broken record.

You were right Mac. His answers sounded like... faulty intelligence -- 9/11 -- threat to America -- 9/11 -- Saddam is an evil man -- 9/11 -- supported terrorists -- 9/11 -- "weapons programs" -- 9/11 -- deficit spending -- 9/11 -- I am a war president -- 9/11 -- vote for me -- 9/11 :bonk:
 

maccool

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"Let me take a step back, here, Tim." Man, he said that like 7 or 8 times. While I don't expect a straight answer from any politician, this guy takes the cake.

What a secretive administration. I do believe it's time for a change.
 

advil

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i also think he's an awful speaker, but somehow he seems to've turned that into an advantage. common man and all that crap.

don't think he did himself any favors with this particular interview. but i suspect bushies probably think he did fine... *shrugs*

certainly no surprises, tho he did appear to concede that kay's report will probably stand. but i was playing d2 while listening, maybe i misinterpreted that...
 

Underseer

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Steve_Kow said:
This is just one man's opinion but it seems this whole Iraq issue is almost like the Monica Lewinsky "scandel" that Bill had; people who already disliked the president get even more pissed, while those who favored him continue to do so.
There's a slight difference here. Monica was about a blow job. Iraq is about killing people. It's a little disingenuous to draw equivalency except in the most superficial terms.
 

Underseer

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Dredd said:
Gore did a fine job of making himself look like a playground bully in both debates. :p
Well sure. If a linebacker gets into a fist fight with a midget, everyone feels sorry for the midget.
 
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