kolmapäev, aprill 14, 2004

So Embarrassing

Bob Somerby notes a great little bit from Bush's press conference last night:

Late in the session, for example, ABC's Ann Compton asked this:

COMPTON: Looking forward about keeping the United States safe, a group representing about several thousand FBI agents today wrote to your administration begging you not to split up the law enforcement and the counterterrorism because they say it ties their hands. Yet you mentioned yesterday that you think, perhaps, the time has come for some real intelligence reforms. That can't happen without real leadership from the White House. Will you and how will you?

According to Compton, FBI agents were urging the White House not to split up the law enforcement and the counterterrorism. No, that wasn't exactly coherent, but it was fairly clear that Compton was asking about possible intelligence reform. But by the time Bush concluded his stream-of-consciousness reply, he was praising the American people for feeding the hungry in Asia:

BUSH: And as the greatest power on the face of the earth, we have an obligation to help the spread of freedom. We have an obligation to help feed the hungry. I think the American people find it interesting that we're providing food for the North Korea people who starve. We have an obligation to lead the fight on AIDS, on Africa. And we have an obligation to work toward a more free world. That's our obligation. That is what we have been called to do, as far as I'm concerned.

Sigh. The leader of the free world, ladies and gentlemen. And there are really people out there who think Bush did well last night?

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