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Thoughts on the press conference
vanity | April 13, 2004 | LowCountryJoe

Posted on 04/13/2004 7:25:27 PM PDT by LowCountryJoe

After watching the president last night at the press conference - at times slashing base hits just over the infield and at other times roping line drives in the gap and all during a pitching exhibition that featured nasty pitches with wicked movement and velocity - I suddenly understood just what it takes to successfully engage in argument with the conservative’s opposition. In fact, if I were part of that press core I’d have broken protocol at three different points during the press conference just to render my applause.

Here’s how I see it: the president gave all of us like-minded believers of conservative ideology a lesson in message sending. In order to not let our message get trampled during debate, we must discuss everything through the lenses of freedom and liberty. When we as conservative do this, we cannot lose in our arguments. We cannot be side tracked, taken on tangents, or even be tricked into false arguments when we maintain the message of freedom and liberty at the forefront of the debate.

For too long conservatives have been suckered into these traps, snares, and false arguments by their opposition. Last night our president demonstrated just how to stay on message despite being bombarded by weapons of mass distraction. I hope that we were all taking notes.

We must know that in the days to follow, many of those same press members that were present will label the president as a simpleton that cannot articulate his beliefs without saying the same things over and over again. Oh well! And you know what? These same people are really bothered by the fact that these messages of “peace and security through freedom and democracy” are the very messages that will lead to several more years of conservative leadership. So, in a nutshell, be a simpleton, be repetitive, be a pain in their backsides, and be a freedom loving winner. The last time I checked, the winners are not the losers!


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: bush43; iraq; pressconference

1 posted on 04/13/2004 7:25:28 PM PDT by LowCountryJoe
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To: LowCountryJoe
I especially liked the way the president tied the criticism of taking preemptive action in Iraq to the criticism of pre 9/11 failure to invade Afghanistan.
Home run GW
2 posted on 04/13/2004 7:30:34 PM PDT by Freesofar
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To: LowCountryJoe
Some good points.
3 posted on 04/13/2004 7:32:36 PM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (Doing what I can to make it on DU's top ten coneservative idiots list...)
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To: LowCountryJoe
Agreed ! Bush was TOUGH and stayed on message.

His questioners were reading from an old rumpled Clintonite script and were begging for re-runs of the old "Mr. Bill Show." (Secret White House Blow Jobs, combined with public lip biting and apologies).

Great Job by President Bush!

4 posted on 04/13/2004 7:34:54 PM PDT by ex-Texan
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To: LowCountryJoe
Bush spoke his core beliefs, not as eloquently as Reagan because Dubya doesn't have a Hollywood background. He told the truth about his intentions, which is something no Democratic opponent would ever dare to do.

I did like the part when he said that democracy could be brought to the middle east. You could almost hear over 7000 fat Saudi princes loosing bowel control.:)

He'll win re-election, because he's honest, he's right, and Kerry is Clinton without the personality. And God knows, Mr. Bush.

5 posted on 04/13/2004 7:35:15 PM PDT by xJones
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To: LowCountryJoe
Watched the whole Press Conference With the President talking about Iraq. We are so blessed to have a President like George W. Bush, who is sincere and courageous in his beliefs.

Proud to have him as my President. Proud to know he is in charge.
6 posted on 04/13/2004 7:37:17 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: LowCountryJoe
You are right. It was very difficult to keep from jumping up and cheering.

W's plan tonight was to reassure the country, which he did, connect all the dots, which he also did, and then allowed the liberal media to expose themselves to the American people in prime time, which it did.
7 posted on 04/13/2004 7:38:16 PM PDT by Jeff Gannon (Listen to my radio show "Jeff Gannon's Washington" on www.RIGHTALK.com)
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To: LowCountryJoe
"We cannot be side tracked, taken on tangents, or even be tricked into false arguments when we maintain the message of freedom and liberty at the forefront of the debate."

Well said.
8 posted on 04/13/2004 7:39:21 PM PDT by wolf24 ("Leave the gun. Take the cannollis.")
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To: xJones
Well stated and no arguments here. The only thing that might have helped is if he first cracked them with a 2x4 to get their attention. The media bitch about lack of news conferences that act like idiots when they get to one. They truly have no shame and it's downhill from there. :-(
mc
9 posted on 04/13/2004 7:42:01 PM PDT by mcshot (...and much it grieves my heart to think what man has made of man")
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To: LowCountryJoe
Listening to President Bush tonight makes me proud to be a Republican, proud to be a Conservative and especially proud to be an American. Listening to John Kerry makes me proud that I'm not a democrat, proud that I'm not a liberal, and especially proud that I'm not French.
10 posted on 04/13/2004 7:43:56 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: LowCountryJoe
Staying on message is commendable, but sometimes I wish he would slap down the reporters for asking repetitive questions or stupid questions.
11 posted on 04/13/2004 7:44:08 PM PDT by ironman
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To: ex-Texan
YEP , I can just see the headlines of the New York Times now

[SIZE=7]BUSH APOLOGIZES FOR 9/11 FAILURES[/SIZE]
12 posted on 04/13/2004 7:44:18 PM PDT by Freesofar
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To: ex-Texan
And boy, did the lib press want GW to apologize for 9/11, to take the blame for the attack and 8 years of Clinton's mistakes and cowardice. They wanted it so bad...if they can hang it around GW's neck, they think Kerry will win the election. 'Forget Al Qaeda. Bush is to blame for everything.' Guess what. The press didn't get what they wanted.
13 posted on 04/13/2004 7:45:35 PM PDT by hershey
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To: LowCountryJoe
IMHO this was one of Bush's finest hours. He showed compassion, strength, and unbelievable clarity in his mission to stay the course in the fight against terror.

Part of Bush's mission tonight was to send a message to Iraq, to our soldiers who fight, and to the families of those who have fallen that their sacrifice is not in vain. No one in their right mind should question his resolve again.

I got chills when Bush said freedom is not our gift to the world, it is the gift from the Almighty to the world. But it is our responsibility to help. (I don't remember his exact wording right now)

I am so very proud to call George W Bush my president and my American hero!

(I posted my opion in another thread, but some troll took over the other thread will some mean stupid stuff.)
14 posted on 04/13/2004 7:48:09 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Let's turn Iraqi sand into some useful glass!)
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To: LowCountryJoe
Condi Rice, Louis Freeh, and John Ashcroft are the Quarterback's blockers. They paved the way for him the last few days so that he could throw a touchdown.

The surge of media criticism of Bush's pre-9/11 moves has been halted.

It has been found that Clinton was to blame for blocking intelligence sharing which largely caused 9/11.

Brilliant strategy the last few days...our team scored!

15 posted on 04/13/2004 7:48:22 PM PDT by what's up
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To: hershey
And boy, did the lib press want GW to apologize for 9/11..

Why can't the libs understand that we don't apoligize for being Americans?

16 posted on 04/13/2004 7:49:46 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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To: mcshot
The only thing that might have helped is if he first cracked them with a 2x4 to get their attention

It takes more than that to get the attention of a trained Democratic pit bull, and at least 90+% of the Washington press corps vote Dem. It's the 'vast left-wing conspiracy', when you consider the White House reporters.

17 posted on 04/13/2004 7:51:07 PM PDT by xJones
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To: hershey
Yep, and unfortunatly GW's going to pay for it tomorrow in the headlines!
BUSH REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE FOR 911!
18 posted on 04/13/2004 7:52:29 PM PDT by StayoutdaBushesWay
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
...I got chills when Bush said freedom is not our gift to the world, it is the gift from the Almighty to the world. But it is our responsibility to help...

Me too! It even brought some tearing that I am not ashamed to admit. If you looked at the president closely he was on the verge of getting choked up himself before shifting his thought. But, he never lost his composure.

19 posted on 04/13/2004 7:54:08 PM PDT by LowCountryJoe (Shameless way to get you to view my FR homepage)
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To: LowCountryJoe
...I got chills when Bush said freedom is not our gift to the world, it is the gift from the Almighty to the world. But it is our responsibility to help...
Me too! It even brought some tearing that I am not ashamed to admit. If you looked at the president closely he was on the verge of getting choked up himself before shifting his thought. But, he never lost his composure.


My hubby got chocked up too.
I love it when bush has these kind of press conferences because he reaches the most people. It is so clear that He has a good heart, and is doing the very best he can do.

No matter what the lib. polls say about him he does the right thing and is not swayed.
20 posted on 04/13/2004 8:00:45 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Let's turn Iraqi sand into some useful glass!)
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To: mcshot
"The media bitch about lack of news conferences then act like idiots when they get to one."

Well said!!!!!!
21 posted on 04/13/2004 8:02:07 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1
It was one of Bush's finest hours. He was honest to the core and his values are right.

Reporters tried to badger him, put him in a corner, etc. He kept his cool the whole way, thank God. What if he had given way, as many of us probably would have, and told a reporter what he/she could do with their idiot question? No, he was above all that and he did not respond angrily to provocitive questions the way Clinton or Kerry would have done.

Dubya is a class act and an honest man. And a devout Christian. Heaven knows, Mr. Bush.

22 posted on 04/13/2004 8:03:44 PM PDT by xJones
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To: ironman
Staying on message is commendable, but sometimes I wish he would slap down the reporters for asking repetitive questions or stupid questions.

He didn't have to ironman. I was screaming at them at the top of my lungs. Gee, didn't you hear me? :-)

23 posted on 04/13/2004 8:04:56 PM PDT by ladyinred (Kerry has more flip flops than Waikiki Beach)
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To: hershey; All
Would someone please explain to me why the media is trying to hang inaction after the Cole bombing on President Bush? He wasn't in office, Clinton was, yet I keep seeing him being blamed for doing nothing. Clinton is NOT blamed? How in the world are they getting away with this?

BTW: Hershey is my favorite chocolate in world! :-)
24 posted on 04/13/2004 8:07:08 PM PDT by ladyinred (Kerry has more flip flops than Waikiki Beach)
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To: xJones
Yup, and God knows his own.
25 posted on 04/13/2004 8:07:29 PM PDT by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Let's turn Iraqi sand into some useful glass!)
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To: LowCountryJoe
Listening to a democrat hack --with Brit Hume, before the press conference-- pose questions straight from latest dnc talking points memos, the entire field of conference queries sounded like the press whores were reading right from that same list!
26 posted on 04/13/2004 8:07:40 PM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Rennes Templar
"The media bitch about lack of news conferences then act like idiots when they get to one."


Indeed! One hosebag criticized the Prez for having speeches that "seem to sound the same", then she proceeds to ask a question that had been asked at least three times earlier in the press conference. What a bunch of tools.
27 posted on 04/13/2004 8:08:55 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (To increase the power of the State over the individual is a crime against Humanity.)
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To: LowCountryJoe
"Liberty is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to humanity" George W Bush 28 Jan 2003

State of the union last year, time to change tag lines.

28 posted on 04/13/2004 8:22:56 PM PDT by dts32041 ("Liberty is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to humanity" George W Bush 28 Jan 2003)
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To: xJones
#5: LOL!
29 posted on 04/13/2004 8:30:02 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("Whom will the terrorists vote for? Not George Bush--that's for sure!" ~Happy2BMe)
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To: hershey
"Forget Al Qaeda. Bush is to blame for everything."
~The So-Called "Journalists" of the "Liberal" Press~

"Audacity is 90% of the battle."
~Karl Marx~
Patron Saint of the So-Called "Journalists" of the "Liberal" Press

30 posted on 04/13/2004 8:35:40 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("Whom will the terrorists vote for? Not George Bush--that's for sure!" ~Happy2BMe)
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To: xJones
He'll win re-election, because he's honest, he's right

Just like Gerald Ford.

31 posted on 04/13/2004 8:39:49 PM PDT by rogueleader
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To: LowCountryJoe
We must know that in the days to follow, many of those same press members that were present will label the president as a simpleton that cannot articulate his beliefs without saying the same things over and over again.

Well, if they didn't ask the same question over and over again, e.g. appologize, vietnam, failure to communicate, yada yada yada.

Becki

32 posted on 04/13/2004 8:46:04 PM PDT by Becki (Pray continually for our leaders and our troops.)
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To: dts32041
"Liberty is not America's gift to the world, it is God's gift to humanity" George W Bush 28 Jan 2003

And so ordered! With one change...he said "...it's the Almighty's gift to...."

33 posted on 04/13/2004 8:58:59 PM PDT by Heff ("Liberty is not America's gift to the world, it's the Almighty's gift to humanity" GW Bush 4/12/04)
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To: rogueleader
Just like Gerald Ford.

Wow! Where did this come from? You think President Bush is just like Gerald Ford?

I would be interested in your reasons, oh nevermind. Anyone that could remotely connect the two is not worth listening to.

34 posted on 04/13/2004 8:59:12 PM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (The world will get much more dangerous, before it becomes safe again)
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To: Becki
There were times when he was awesome, but I think there were a lot of times when he missed some great opportunities because he didn't think quickly enough.

For example, when asked about other countries' token troops...he could have said that no leader sends one of their own into harm's way with out complete conviction in the cause.

He could have spoken in broad generalities, including previous administrations, and come up with some mistake that was made. I mean, really, how can you look back and not find something that you wish you had done differently? He could have said that we all heard the rantings of terrorists and extremists for years declaring war on our country and admit that we all had a false sense of security. He could have used some of the provisons for the Homeland defense or issues in the Patriot Act to point out mistakes that were made and have been corrected and said that he anxiously awaits the results from the 9-11 Commission to provide more information.... I believe he could have fostered more credibility with independents and cross over democrats, had he been a little more willing to examine his actions and mistakes.

Go ahead...have at me!
35 posted on 04/13/2004 9:02:17 PM PDT by KsSunflower
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To: rogueleader
He'll win re-election, because he's honest, he's right

Just like Gerald Ford.


And Ronald Reagan.
36 posted on 04/13/2004 9:05:57 PM PDT by hemogoblin (The few, the proud, the 537.)
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To: xJones
"He'll win re-election, because he's honest, he's right, and Kerry is Clinton without the personality. And God knows, Mr. Bush."


From your keyboard to God's monitor!
37 posted on 04/13/2004 9:06:29 PM PDT by Keme (Bush Contra Mundum)
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To: MHGinTN
Exactly my thoughts when I heard those questions....the lazy press corps just uses the DNC talking points they get in their emails every day.
38 posted on 04/13/2004 9:07:48 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (One good term deserves another! Take W-04....Across America!)
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To: LowCountryJoe
Up here in the high country we call the enemy the press corps.
39 posted on 04/13/2004 9:10:52 PM PDT by Old Professer
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To: rogueleader
Just like Gerald Ford.

You gotta be 'kin kidding me


40 posted on 04/13/2004 9:11:46 PM PDT by Hazzardgate
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To: CIB-173RDABN; hemogoblin
You think President Bush is just like Gerald Ford?

No. I think he may lose the election to a candidate who is a lot like Jimmy Carter.

Maybe you missed the poll they were showing on Fox News. Kerry is ahead, 50% to 43%. (Margin of error +/- 3%.)

All this media bashing he's taking is having an effect.

Most voters do not think like Freepers. They don't care whether a candidate is honest or right. They are irrational.

This campaign is about stability in Iraq, continued prevention of terrorist attacks, and economic growth. Without that, Bush will lose no matter his honesty, and no matter his rectitude.

Life isn't fair; elections are less so.

BTW, I think he did okay in the press conference, but he did not hit a home run. He did not really connect with independent voters. His poll numbers should improve, though.

41 posted on 04/13/2004 9:13:29 PM PDT by rogueleader
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To: LowCountryJoe
The best part of the news conference was when a reporter asked Bush about an apology for 9/11 from the President. President Bush replied something to the effect "I did not crash the plane into the building, Bin Laden was responsible".

No apology necessary on the part of THIS President!!!! CheckMate! It seemed like every reporter in the room was bent on creating the cover story that would be responsible for the destruction of President Bush. They all appeared to leave the room unsatisfied because they know their slant cannot sway intelligence.
42 posted on 04/13/2004 9:18:15 PM PDT by o_zarkman44
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To: rogueleader
This campaign is about stability in Iraq, continued prevention of terrorist attacks, and economic growth. Without that, Bush will lose no matter his honesty, and no matter his rectitude.


In order for a Democrat to win, the voters must decide the war on terror is not worth the cost because the Democrats have made it clear, they will not fight it.

In order for a Democrat to win, the voters must decide that higher taxes, more government rules and regulatation, and more social programs are the answer to all of our problems since that is what the Democrats have promised.

I think you are wrong.

As for polls, there is only one poll that counts, and that is the one in November, the rest, well let us just say there are was to get the results you want.

I have more faith in the American people then you do, and I think President Bush will be re-elected.

43 posted on 04/14/2004 4:37:46 AM PDT by CIB-173RDABN (The world will get much more dangerous, before it becomes safe again)
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To: KsSunflower
Go ahead...have at me!

Naaa! Why would I do that?

;^)

You make good points. I would say he has said most of that many times over the last few months, most prominently in the State of the Union address. And although he could have said it again, I think it could have taken him off message.

I agree he fumbled the mistake question, but I also think he should not have made any concession whatsoever. The Iraqis, the terrorists and the terrorist sympathizers were watching closely. Any concession last night would have been viewed as weakness.

He can make any of those statements when the commission releases its bipartisan, totally unbiased and factually based report.

Becki

44 posted on 04/14/2004 6:49:23 PM PDT by Becki (Pray continually for our leaders and our troops.)
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To: LowCountryJoe
Conventional BTTT
45 posted on 09/03/2004 3:04:21 AM PDT by LowCountryJoe (I find it extremely funny when the Buchananites 'Deep Throat' each other. [Irony intended])
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