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Bush Press Conference in One Hour

April 14th, 2004

It’s been about a year since the last one held in the East Room of the White House, where he lied through his teeth about what Iraq was up to (“He has trained and financed … al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations … He has weapons of mass destruction … I will not leave the American people at the mercy of the Iraqi dictator and his weapons”). The conference tonight is supposed to be on “where we are in Iraq right now and where we are headed.”

After three and a half years, Bush will have given only 12 solo press conferences, the fewest of any president in modern history. At this point in their presidencies, Bush Sr. had had 75 such conferences, Carter 55, Clinton 40, Nixon 25 and even the stick-to-the-script Reagan had 22. This will be Bush’s 3rd prime-time conference ever.

This conference will begin with an unusually-long (18 minutes) opening statement focusing only on Iraq–with the escalating violence (80 Americans killed so far this month), the hand-off of power (well, the illusion of it anyway) coming soon, and while he promised to bring troops home, he’s probably going to be making 20,000 troops stay longer in Iraq.

I’ll be watching this one and taking notes, posting soon thereafter.

Now, where’s my blood pressure medication?

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