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Bush Told of Iraq Transfer in Hand-Written Note
Reuters ^ | June 28, 2004

Posted on 06/28/2004 10:17:58 AM PDT by cyncooper

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice Monday informed President Bush in a handwritten note of the transfer of authority in Baghdad, prompting Bush to scribble back: "Let freedom reign."

"Mr. President, Iraq is sovereign. Letter was passed from (U.S. administrator Paul) Bremer at 10:26 a.m. Iraq time -- Condi," she wrote, according to copies of the note distributed by the White House.

The note exchange took place during a meeting of NATO leaders in Istanbul. She handed the note to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who passed it along to Bush.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: baghdad; bush; handover; letfreedomreign; natosummit; republicofiraq; rice; turnover
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MSNBC showed the video of the NATO meeting as GWB was handed the note.

He was sitting next to Blair and put his hand kind of over his mouth and spoke to Tony Blair. Both men looked very happy and shook hands.

MSNBC showed a picture of the note with GWB's "Let freedom reign" notation written on it.

1 posted on 06/28/2004 10:17:58 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: redlipstick

PING


2 posted on 06/28/2004 10:18:22 AM PDT by cyncooper (Let Freedom Reign)
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To: cyncooper

Liberals the world over are saddened...


3 posted on 06/28/2004 10:19:25 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: cyncooper

Very Cool!


4 posted on 06/28/2004 10:21:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: cyncooper

Wonderful!


5 posted on 06/28/2004 10:21:54 AM PDT by EllaMinnow ("President Reagan has left us, but he has left us stronger and better." President George W. Bush)
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To: cyncooper

Michael Moore's next movie will detail how the Bush administration was neglegent by not having this exchange done by email.


6 posted on 06/28/2004 10:23:59 AM PDT by AmishDude
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To: cyncooper
Both men looked very happy and shook hands.

This is likely to be the high point of both their political careers.

7 posted on 06/28/2004 10:24:27 AM PDT by RightWhale (Destroy the dark; restore the light)
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To: cyncooper

**"Mr. President, Iraq is sovereign. Letter was passed from (U.S. administrator Paul) Bremer at 10:26 a.m. Iraq time -- Condi," she wrote, according to copies of the note distributed by the White House.**

**"Let freedom reign." ~Bush**

Think about seeing this note in the Smithsonian! Wow!



8 posted on 06/28/2004 10:26:10 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: redlipstick

Tagline change inspired once again by President Bush.


9 posted on 06/28/2004 10:27:20 AM PDT by cyncooper (Let Freedom Reign)
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To: cyncooper
I was listening to the report of this in my car and I had to just sit there and absorb the import of it all.

G-d bless you, Mr. President.

10 posted on 06/28/2004 10:28:04 AM PDT by OldFriend (IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.......AND SINCE IT'S IN ENGLISH, THANK A SOLDIER)
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To: cyncooper
I saw that on Fox this morning and it was a wonderful moment, especially the smiles on the faces of President Bush and Rummy. You just know that it was also a poke in the eye from Rummy to the RATmedia.

The clip looked as though Colin Powell may not have been on the loop in this, although I find that hard to believe.

11 posted on 06/28/2004 10:28:26 AM PDT by capydick ("There's no question I'm an idealist, which is another way of saying I am an American.")
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To: RightWhale
This is likely to be the high point of both their political careers.

This statement points out your thought process, or lack thereof.

12 posted on 06/28/2004 10:29:21 AM PDT by woodyinscc
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To: cyncooper
Pretty darn cool if you ask me.
13 posted on 06/28/2004 10:29:32 AM PDT by b4its2late (John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute!!!)
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To: Howlin

Pictures of the moment I described between Bush and Blair were posted by Howlin here (I'm slogging through that thread and just happened on the pics after posting this thread!):

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1161463/posts?page=746#746

Howlin, now we know what the note said. MSNBC showed a picture of the actual note.


14 posted on 06/28/2004 10:30:18 AM PDT by cyncooper (Let Freedom Reign)
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To: Salvation
**"Mr. President, Iraq is sovereign. Letter was passed from (U.S. administrator Paul) Bremer at 10:26 a.m. Iraq time -- Condi," she wrote, according to copies of the note distributed by the White House.** **"Let freedom reign." ~Bush**

if it had been klintoon, the reply would have been "did you see the knockers on that chick from cameroon?"

15 posted on 06/28/2004 10:31:05 AM PDT by bigghurtt (Proud Rapid-Response Digital Brown Shirt in the VRWC)
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To: bigghurtt
if it had been klintoon, the reply would have been "did you see the knockers on that chick from cameroon?"

The one hand-written notation I recall from the Big Creep was on that fundraising memo: "Start overnights right away".

Compare and contrast...

16 posted on 06/28/2004 10:33:36 AM PDT by cyncooper (Let Freedom Reign)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Where's the obligatory photo of Daschle deeply saddened, sitting in a chair by himself?


17 posted on 06/28/2004 10:33:55 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: bigghurtt

LMAO!


18 posted on 06/28/2004 10:34:43 AM PDT by ICX ("My Life" was Clinton's second choice title, after "I Am God, and You Are All My Subjects." - AC)
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To: cyncooper



19 posted on 06/28/2004 10:36:48 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: cyncooper
"Let Freedom Rain" -President Bush <> "CRAP!!!" Whew, we'd never hear the end of that one. BTW George Bush rocks, I voted for his as prez and governor. Just heckling a little.
20 posted on 06/28/2004 10:37:08 AM PDT by ruiner
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To: Miss Marple; cyncooper; maica; OldFriend
Out of order:

Rumsfeld hands Condi's note to Bush:


21 posted on 06/28/2004 10:37:52 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

22 posted on 06/28/2004 10:38:36 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

Two questions:



WHERE are you getting all of the good pics?

Do you EVER sleep? LOL!


23 posted on 06/28/2004 10:39:20 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: ruiner
Somebody is on Fox right this minute whining because HE wasn't there when this happened!

Feisal Istrabadi, Legal Advisor to Member of Iraqi Governing Council.

24 posted on 06/28/2004 10:39:45 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin

These pics are awesome! Thanks! Wonder where that note will end up?


25 posted on 06/28/2004 10:40:08 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Howlin

Excellent beginning: keep the lawyers out of the loop!


26 posted on 06/28/2004 10:41:50 AM PDT by gilliam
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To: tiamat

Yes, I do! I slept from about 7:30 until almost 1......a wasted day, for sure!!!

The pictures are on Yahoo!

http://news.yahoo.com/

Just click on News Photos in the drop down box at the top right!


27 posted on 06/28/2004 10:41:59 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: gilliam

That's what I'm thinking!


28 posted on 06/28/2004 10:42:24 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: cyncooper

Guess I wasn't the only one with that tagline idea.......lol.


29 posted on 06/28/2004 10:42:33 AM PDT by nuconvert ("Let Freedom Reign" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran))
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To: cyncooper

I'm sure he meant to say Let freedom ring, and give a bump to Sean Hannity.


30 posted on 06/28/2004 10:43:24 AM PDT by rabidralph (My pit bull drives an SUV.)
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To: Howlin; cake_crumb

WoW! Great pics! Thanks!

PONG!


31 posted on 06/28/2004 10:44:28 AM PDT by nuconvert ("Let Freedom Reign" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran))
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To: cyncooper
The note exchange took place during a meeting of NATO leaders in Istanbul.

Yeah — and the Leftists, led by Michael Moore, are probably already bitching that GWB only responded with three handwritten words instead of jumping up and racing out the NATO meeting to personally inform Chirac.

32 posted on 06/28/2004 10:44:57 AM PDT by Wolfstar (Next big battle in our war against Islamofacism? Here at home, 11/02/04. We can't afford to lose.)
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To: cyncooper

BTTT


33 posted on 06/28/2004 10:45:51 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: mewzilla

The note ended up as my desktop theme on my puter. And I must say it looks great!!!!


34 posted on 06/28/2004 10:46:09 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Hitler? Stalin? The left has a tough decision as to who they would rather emulate.)
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To: Howlin

Oh, good! At least you got a little!

Thanks for the link!


35 posted on 06/28/2004 10:47:14 AM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: F14 Pilot; Valin; Luis Gonzalez; sionnsar; AdmSmith

Let Freedom Reign, PONG!


36 posted on 06/28/2004 10:47:20 AM PDT by nuconvert ("Let Freedom Reign" ) ( Azadi baraye Iran))
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To: Howlin; StriperSniper; Mo1; Peach; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...

NOW THAT'S A KEEPER!!!

37 posted on 06/28/2004 10:48:11 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: rabidralph

Or he may have been quoting Nelson Mandela.


38 posted on 06/28/2004 10:49:39 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: nuconvert

If you can catch the video on Fox, you will see two guys sitting there looking like they want to jump up and High 5.


39 posted on 06/28/2004 10:53:34 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: cyncooper
I hate Reuters!!!

They couldn't even report THIS without a bit of negative spin . . .

"Bush Told of Iraq Transfer in Hand-Written Note"

..."White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice Monday informed President Bush ..."

In both the headline and the lead-in, the reader is left with impression that the President knew nothiong of this beforehand.

An honest report would have been:

Bush Receives Confirmation of Iraq Transfer in Hand-Written Note

"...White House national security adviser Condoleezza Rice Monday confirmed to President Bush in a handwritten note that the transfer of authority in Baghdad was completed, ..."

Notwithstanding the above . . .

"Let freedom reign."


40 posted on 06/28/2004 10:53:35 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (A vote for JF'nK is a vote for Peace in our Time!)
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To: RightWhale

That was cool that PM Blair and President Bush were together when the news came. Good timing.


41 posted on 06/28/2004 10:53:50 AM PDT by swheats
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To: Howlin

How many newspapers will put that note on their frontpages in the morning?


42 posted on 06/28/2004 10:55:07 AM PDT by nuconvert ("Let Freedom Reign ! " ) ( Azadi baraye Iran))
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To: cyncooper; OXENinFLA
Watch the left claim he didn't know it was happening and had to be given a note

There was some left hack from Harpers Mag on Fox News earlier claiming the only reason we did the transfer earlier was to hide the news of a US Marine being kidnapped

The Left are in a COMPLETE melt down
43 posted on 06/28/2004 10:56:10 AM PDT by Mo1 (50 States baby .. I want all 50 States come November !)
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To: cyncooper
The liberals will finds SOMETHING to piss about over this.

They'll say Bush is stupid and could spell "ring" correctly. Or some other such nonsense. Guaran damn teed.

44 posted on 06/28/2004 10:58:18 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (***Since The Iraq War & Transition Period Began, NORTH KOREA HAS MANUFACTURED (8) NUCLEAR WEAPONS***)
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To: cyncooper

Passing notes in class. Tsk, tsk.


45 posted on 06/28/2004 10:59:56 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: nuconvert

Zero.


46 posted on 06/28/2004 11:00:29 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: nuconvert

Zero.


47 posted on 06/28/2004 11:00:38 AM PDT by Howlin
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To: cyncooper
The one hand-written notation I recall from the Big Creep was on that fundraising memo: "Start overnights right away".

Classic!
48 posted on 06/28/2004 11:00:38 AM PDT by gipper81
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To: Howlin; Pan_Yans Wife

I just saw it before seeing your pics. Great!
I'm sure there have been conference calls and meetings all over Washington trying to figure out how to respond to this. LOL!
What's Kerry got left to harp on? LoL.

On To Iran, Mr. President!


49 posted on 06/28/2004 11:02:03 AM PDT by nuconvert ("Let Freedom Reign ! " ) ( Azadi baraye Iran))
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To: Mo1

I read over in the John Kerry forum that this was done to take news away from F9/11's "success".


50 posted on 06/28/2004 11:02:56 AM PDT by OXENinFLA
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