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January 27, 2005

President Holds Press Conference

Heheh. I love that as a headline. Stop the press! Big news, the President is actually holding a press conference. Which isn’t to say he’s going to answer any tough questions..

There were a few questions that challenged the President about Iraq, human rights, social security, the deficit, democracy, torture.. He, however, didn’t once rise to the challenge and directly answer ANY of them. His inept attempts at employing 1984 style “doublespeak” (I’ll call his version “bumblespeak”) were still effective enough to fill time without disclosing any meaningful information. (I’m here to say it didn’t go unnoticed.)

Of course, there was this exchange in follow-up to a question about Rice’s testimony and the misinformation used to start the Iraq war:

Q No reaction to the lying? No reaction? (Laughter.)

[I fear for this person.]

THE PRESIDENT: Is that your question? The answer is, no. Next.

Wow. No bumblespeak needed here.

On the lighter side, there was also this hilarious(?) exchange on social security:

THE PRESIDENT: ..if you have a child — how old is your child, Carl?

Q Fourteen years old.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, 14. Well, if she were —

Q He, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: He, excuse me. (Laughter.) I should have done the background check. (Laughter.) She will — when she gets ready to — when she’s 50, the system will be broke..

Toward the end of the conference, as if it were planned, came the meatball questions. The real juicy ones; replete with loaded language. Leading questions sent to set the tone; that hit the talking points. The answers to which are not even necessary to illustrate the questioners’ complicity.

Q Thank you. Senate Democratic leaders have painted a very bleak picture of the U.S. economy. Harry Reid was talking about soup lines, and Hillary Clinton was talking about the economy being on the verge of collapse. Yet, in the same breath, they say that Social Security is rock-solid and there’s no crisis there. How are you going to work — you said you’re going to reach out to these people — how are you going to work with people who seem to have divorced themselves from reality?

Q Mr. President, Senator Ted Kennedy recently repeated his characterization of Iraq as a “quagmire” and has called it your Vietnam. And the questioning of Alberto Gonzales and Condi Rice in the Senate has been largely used by Democrats to criticize your entire Iraq program, especially what you’re trying to do postwar. I wonder if you have any response to those criticisms. And what kind of an effect do you think these statements have on the morale of our troops and on the confidence of the Iraqi people that what you’re trying to do over there is going to succeed?

Q Mr. President, we saw the Democrats yesterday devote nine hours to Ms. Rice. We may see something similar with regard to Judge Gonzales. There’s just simply a lot of anger on the Hill by Democrats at you, personally, and at your administration. And isn’t this going to dog your efforts at whatever you do down the line, from the Supreme Court to immigration to whatever?

Q Well, you had a Democratic Senator basically call your Secretary of State nominee a liar. That’s pretty harsh language coming from —

We are living in a farce. Or a nightmare.

The crushing propaganda machine rolls on churning the pulp of the public mind.

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