Here’s the text of his 10:30 press conference from this morning. (Thanks for the link, Bak)
I’ve not had a chance to read anything outside of the news reports of it, and from the sounds of things, he is (thankfully) not backing down on criticizing those who leaked to the press the gov’t monitoring of international communications made from calls here in the US post- 9-11.
Check out this ridiculous question from one of the reporters in attendance (emphasis added):
I wonder if you can tell us today, sir, what, if any, limits you believe there are or should be on the powers of a President during a war, at wartime? And if the global war on terror is going to last for decades, as has been forecast, does that mean that we’re going to see, therefore, a more or less permanent expansion of the unchecked power of the executive in American society?
See, that’s how our beloved liberal media frames the debate. THEY decide what’s “checked” or “unchecked” power and frame their questions accordingly, and you watch – it doesn’t matter that the President said he disagreed with the assertion that the power was “unchecked” (nor does it matter to the press that the power actually IS checked) – they’ll continue to run with the “unchecked” assertion anyway.
On a related note, here’s the transcript of Bush’s speech he made last night from the Oval Office, in which he implored the American people not to give up on the mission in Iraq and vowed once again not to leave until the mission is completed.
I like this more aggressive side of the President. I hope he keeps it up, instead of backing down everytime a Democrat or the liberal media (but I repeat myself) starts whining about how the President either ‘isn’t doing enough’ or is ‘overdoing it’ in his attempts to make this country safer.
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