Bush Press Conference
President Bush spoke with members of the press this morning in the East Room of the Oval Office, in follow-up to last night's address to the nation.
Questions ranged from the improperly leaked NSA surveillance information to progress in Iraq to race baiting. I haven't seen a transcript or video yet, but Bulldog Pundit at Ankle Biting Pundits put up a thorough liveblog.
None of the questions were particularly incisive, nor was there much new substance to the answers (at least to those that have been paying attention lately, which - judging by prevailing rhetoric and media coverage - includes a limited swath of the public). But what impressed me about the back-and-forth was Bush's ability (and willingness) to smack down or sidestep all the flawed premises, poisoned wells, and loaded questions that saturated the press corps' barrage.
Capping this year-end blitz of renewed rhetorical vigor with an appropriately assertive interactive performance like this strikes me as a smart move and an indication the Bush feels he's got a bit of his groove back when it comes to defending sound policy and rebuffing faulty criticism.
The White House has released a transcript and video.
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