Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Helen finally get's one in on Bush about Iraq on Tues.

At right we see Bush showing us how much is left inside his head after all the coke and booze.

How long do you think that it took for Bush to mention 9-11?

Oh, about 10 seconds:

Q I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet -- your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth -- what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil -- quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?

THE PRESIDENT: I think your premise -- in all due respect to your question and to you as a lifelong journalist -- is that -- I didn't want war. To assume I wanted war is just flat wrong, Helen, in all due respect --

Q Everything --

THE PRESIDENT: Hold on for a second, please.

Q -- everything I've heard --

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, excuse me. No President wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it's just simply not true. My attitude about the defense of this country changed on September the 11th. We -- when we got attacked, I vowed then and there to use every asset at my disposal to protect the American people.

Which of course doesn't even come close to answering her question, because Iraq was not a threat to us.
If a broad can have balls, she's got them.
I suggest you go and read the whole thing where Bush slips up when Helen says she's talking about Iraq and he says:

Helen, excuse me. That's where -- Afghanistan provided safe haven for al Qaeda. That's where they trained.


Let's not forget, however, that Helen Thomas has been grilling presidents since before a lot of us were even born. But in 5 years, Bush has NEVER called on her. Reagan bantered with her, she grilled Bubba MANY times and I can only imagine her with LBJ in the 60's.
In my searches for stories about today, of course all the right wing bloggers and such are all up in arms about her and her "liberal" slant and the "liberal" media. All of which is utter horseshit.

You can watch the video at CSPAN (you need something that can play RM files. I suggest Real Alternative, NOT Real Media Player).
His calling on her is just over 10 minutes or so in, meaning you don't have to sit through the entire painful thing.
You can also check out the full transcript all over the Intertron, of course. The White House web page has it here.


copy editor said...

This new Bush (which is just the old Bush but facing tough questions) will be about as helpful to his credibility and perceived competence as if he wore a funny hat and rode a unicycle.

Mike V. said...


Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

On a unicycle.

And the beards have all grown longer overnight.
Or something..

copy editor said...


I could use a silly sex scandal these days. Those were the good old days.

'Depends on the definition of "is"' is just funnier and easier to cope with than 'I never said that Saddam ordered 9/11' or whatever parsing he's falling back on now.

copy editor said...

By the way, I responded to your comments on my blog. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

Helen didn't get anything from Bush. The only reason Bush got elected was because he was more decisive or stubborn however you want to look at. We had another choice and he was somebody who flip-flopped constantly and whose wife had questionable manners. Do you really believe Kerry would've done better job handling Iraq?

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Mike V. said...

Yes, I do believe that.
And I don't think that Kerry would have been so far up the ass of the oil companies and the ultra right wing and the religious reich.

However, I would have preferred Gore over any of them.

Further, Let's have a look at who is the "flip flopper":

FLIP: Bush nominates Harriet Miers, says he with stand by her.
FLOP: Bush withdraws her nomination in face of rightwing flak.

FLIP: Bush says he will veto any bill that limits torture.
FLOP: Bush says he will sign the torture ban after all.

FLIP: Bush opposes campaign finance reform.
FLOP: Bush signs campaign finance reform.

FLIP: Bush opposes and stalls a 9/11 commission.
FLOP: Bush supports it.

FLIP: Bush is against deficits
FLOP: Bush's policies create the highest deficits ever.

FLIP: Bush is against nation building.
FLOP: Bush engages in it.

FLIP: Bush opposes an Iraq WMD investigation.
FLOP: Bush grudgingly supports it.

FLIP: Bush is for free trade.
FLOP: Bush supports tariffs on steel.

FLIP: Bush is against a Homeland Security Department
FLOP: Bush takes credit for it.

FLIP: Bush is for states' right to decide on gay marriage.
FLOP: Bush then proposes amending the Constitution so they can't.

FLIP: Bush is against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli
Palestinian conflict.
FLOP: Bush then pushes for a "road map" and a Palestinian State.

FLIP: Bush says he'll provide money for first responders (fire,
police, emergency).
FLOP: Bush dramatically shortchanges law enforcement.

FLIP: Bush in 2001-"The most important thing is for us to find
Osama bin Laden."
FLOP: Bush in 2002-"I don't know where he is. I have no idea and
I really don't care."

FLIP: Bush says he'll take care of the environment.
FLOP: Bush then guts laws that protect the environment.

FLIP: Bush talks about helping education.
FLOP: Bush increases mandates while cutting funding.

FLIP: Bush goes to Bob Jones University.
FLOP: Bush then says he shouldn't have.

FLIP: Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote
on whether to sanction military action against Iraq.
FLOP: Bush then changes his mind and announced he would not
call for a vote.

FLIP: Bush said the "mission accomplished" banner was put up
by the sailors.
FLOP: Bush later blames his advance team.

FLIP: Bush says he was never arrested after 1968.
FLOP: Bush admits 1976 drunk driving conviction.

FLIP: Bush says he has been "very candid" about his past.
FLOP: Bush refuses to answer any question about drug use.

FLIP: Bush says he would have gone to Vietnam if called.
FLOP: Guard papers show he declined any overseas duty.

FLIP: Bush promised an "open, honest" administration.
FLOP: Bush sets new records in government secrecy
and censorship.