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December 21, 2004

Shrub's Social Security Evading in Print

I recognized yesterday that Shrub's refusal to answer a Social Security question head on was News. So did Dana Milbank at WaPo and Edwin Chen at LAT, both of whom attended the "news conference."

Dana Milbank on Shrub's answers:

President Bush, an old F-102 pilot, showed at yesterday's news conference that he has not forgotten his evasive maneuvers.

As he fielded questions on everything from Iranian nukes to presidential personnel, the often blunt and plainspoken president employed the full range of artful dodges. ...

For all the bobbing and weaving, yesterday's news conference hinted at an emerging new style for Bush. In his first 45 months in office, he had 15 full-fledged news conferences, fewer than any other postwar president. Bush, a stickler for discipline, didn't want to make unintended news, or to be embarrassed by an unexpected question, as when he was asked what his biggest mistake had been. But since his reelection, Bush has had two news conferences in as many months.

Ain't the Prez grand?

Actually, although he has a terrible way with words, he actually has a decent stance on immigration (for a Republican). From Edwin Chen:

On immigration, the president displayed no inclination to retreat from his desire to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States as guest workers — despite mounting opposition from conservative Republicans in Congress.

"First, we want our Border Patrol agents chasing crooks and thieves and drug runners and terrorists, not good-hearted people who are coming here to work," he said.

"And therefore, it makes sense to allow the good-hearted people who are coming here to do jobs that Americans won't do a legal way to do so."

Gee, I guess now I should be proud Shrub's prez.
On second thought - nah.

Posted by cj at December 21, 2004 4:48 PM


If it helps, I think Bush's rationale is that we need all that cheap labor to undercut American workers and create domestic sweatshops in Tix-Ass. If you believe in globalization, Bush is a man of progress. Otherwise...


Posted by: Hyoun Park at December 21, 2004 9:31 PM

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