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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.


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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