Defending The Indefensible
That’s what President Bush had to do during his final news conference. Is it just me, or does it seem as though he can’t wait for this all to be over? The long “exit interview” with the press was marked with flashes of anger and indignation.
He particularly became indignant when asked about America’s bruised image overseas.
“I disagree with this assessment that, you know, that people view America in a dim light,” he said.
He did say using the phrase “mission accomplished” was a mistake and that it was disappointing not to find weapons of mass destruction after believing they existed in Iraq. But he defended his response to Katrina and skated through saying he inherited a recession and then is leaving with one, but that things were so good in-between. Whether Bush inherited a recession is a matter of some dispute. According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, which tracks such things, the recession began in March 2001.
The final presidential news conference, unlike the last one on December 14 in Baghdad, was free of shoe-throwing, and the president escaped unscathed. Not so for the country, however.Click here for reuse options!
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