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What's Chimpy thinking?


Actual AP caption: U.S. President George W. Bush faces the media in the Oval Office in the White House October 12, 2005. Bush’s job approval rating has fallen to a new low of 39 percent in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on Wednesday. REUTERS/Larry Downing.

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Maybe what he’s thinking about is that little fantasy staged teleconference with members of the 42nd Infantry Division over in Tikrit, who served as props for the Chimperor today in a propaganda piece designed and rehearsed to dovetail with his goals in Iraq.

The sorry state of affairs for the President-now-without-a-mandate is such that even the coverage of the event points out the fact that the whole event is a sham. The headline: “Bush Teleconference With Soldiers Staged.”

Paul Rieckhoff, director of the New York-based Operation Truth, an advocacy group for U.S. veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, denounced the event as a “carefully scripted publicity stunt.” Five of the 10 U.S. troops involved were officers, he said.

If he wants the real opinions of the troops, he can’t do it in a nationally televised teleconference,” Rieckhoff said. “He needs to be talking to the boots on the ground and that’s not a bunch of captains.

Think Progress has the video of the “prep.”

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