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Open thread – Bush press conference

Main points of the year-end news conference/bleat-fest held today…

* Bush finally admitted that things are f*cked up in Iraq. Well, at least as much as you’d expect the delusional King George would admit to, saying that his earlier bold statements about the U.S. winning were based on his “belief” in victory (apparently not facts). “I believe that we’re going to win, I believe that. My comments yesterday reflected the fact that we’re not succeeding nearly as fast as I had wanted.”

* Dear Leader wants to increase the size of the Army and the Marines. Whether that’s a “surge” or a long-term plan for failure, who knows. (Does anyone smell a skills-based draft in the future?)

* Again, the Chimperor was asked about Mary Cheney and Heather Poe’s blessed news, and he again failed to mention Poe, saying “I know Mary and I like her and I know she is going to be a fine, loving mother.” Here’s the exchange with the reporter from the transcript.

QUESTION: Thank you, sir.

Mary’s having a baby. And you have said that you think Mary Cheney will be a loving soul to a child.

Are there any changes in the law that you would support that would give same-sex couples greater access to things such as legal rights, hospital visits, insurance, that would make a difference, even though you said it’s your preference — you believe that it’s preferable to have one man-one woman…

BUSH: No, I’ve always said that we ought to review law to make sure that people are treated fairly. On the — on Mary Cheney, this is a personal matter for the vice president and his family. I strongly support their privacy on the issue, although there’s nothing private when you happen to be the president or the vice president. I recognize that.

And I know Mary. And I like her. I know she’s going to be a fine, loving mother.

I’m not going to call on you again. Like, got too much coverage yesterday, you know.


What kind of BS is that? What does privacy have to do with the rights of a same-sex couple to legal rights, hospital visits, or insurance? As usual, he simply skirts an answer and there’s no followup to nail his ass.

Raw Story has video up of the presser, if you can bear watching this clown. The full  WaPo interview from yesterday is here.

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