Fresh Paint
Monday, April 12, 2004
President Announces First Press Conference of the Year
Bush to Answer Questions on Pre-9/11 Intelligence (washingtonpost.com):
He said the memo brought him some comfort when it outlined efforts by the FBI to prevent attacks. "Had they found something, I'm confident they would have reported back to me," Bush said.
Now we know what the new story is. It's all someone else's fault. What's most interesting is the subheading of this article, that this is the first press conference of the year. I guess I hadn't really noticed, because Bush is not really a president.
Yahoo goes on to point out
Bush plans to open the 8:30 p.m. EDT news conference — the 12th of his presidency, but only his third televised in prime evening viewing hours — with a statement on Iraq, White House communications director Dan Bartlett said Monday. He said the president will be prepared to address questions about a memo, titled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.," that Bush received on Aug. 6, 2001.
The horrifying thing is that FOX will have to preempt or break into American Idol. I fear that people worry more about what the musical theme will be each week than whether Bush is capable of leading the free world.

I'm just wondering whether a week was enough time for him to memorize what he's supposed to say in this supposed free exchange with the press.

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