Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Is this "all" as in "all Texas National Guard records"?
Bush Agrees to Answer All of 9/11 Panel's Questions
The good news:
"He's going to answer all the questions they want to raise," said the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, whose remarks indicated that the White House was softening its negotiating stance toward the bipartisan commission. "Nobody's watching the clock." [ed: except Bush -- can't be late for a fundraiser, you know]
Mr. McClellan said the White House still hoped to abide by the one-hour limit, calling it "a reasonable period of time to set aside for a sitting president of the United States."
"Believe me, you can answer a lot of questions in one hour," he said. "Many of the questions have already been asked and answered at this point in their investigation, in the commission's work."
The real news:
Mr. McClellan also said the White House continued to want to restrict the interview to the commission's chairman, Thomas H. Kean, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, and its vice chairman, Lee H. Hamilton, a former Democratic congressman from Indiana. The White House has rejected a request from the commission that all 10 members of the panel be allowed to join in the questioning, which is expected to take place in the next several weeks.Why, yes... I do believe they can talk about baseball for about an hour with nobody else watching.
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