Skip to comments.LIVE THREAD: President Bush's Press Conference
Posted on 04/28/2005 4:00:18 PM PDT by Howlin
Pres. Bush Press Conf. Tonight
At the White House, Pres. Bush holds an evening press confer-ence. The President intends to talk about his Social Security reform plan and his energy plan. He is also likely to get questions on other topics such as the John Bolton nomination, Senate filibuster rules on judicial nomina-tions, House ethics rules, etc.
Live at 8:00 P.M. EDT
Watch live from the White House web site:
(Link on right)
(link at top)
and all the usual suspected news outlets.
At Symbolic Milepost, Bush to Hold News Conference Tonight
By RICHARD W. STEVENSON
WASHINGTON, April 28 - On the eve of the 100th day of his second term, President Bush will hold a prime-time news conference this evening to make his case for revamping Social Security and, more broadly, to reassert himself at a moment when he is under pressure on a variety of fronts.
Mr. Bush will answer questions from journalists in the East Room of the White House after making a statement of approximately 10 to 12 minutes, his chief spokesman, Scott McClellan, said.
Mr. Bush will also talk about high gasoline and crude oil prices and the importance of addressing the nation's long-term energy needs, Mr. McClellan said. The session in the East Room of the White House is to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
(The White House initially set the starting time as 8:30 p.m. It said it changed the time "due to the complications of networking programming," according to Reuters.)
The news conference - the fourth Mr. Bush has held in prime time - marks a vital moment in the administration's efforts to convince the nation and Congress that Social Security's projected long-term financial problems need to be addressed now and that individual investment accounts should be part of any solution.
Mr. Bush is also certain to be asked about John R. Bolton, his embattled nominee for United Nations ambassador, whose confirmation the White House has made a top priority. Mr. Bush may be asked, too, about his relationship with Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, the powerful House majority leader, whose political future has been clouded by accusations of ethical missteps. Mr. Bush may also be queried about his lagging strength in public opinion polls.
It is probably not coincidence that his appearance tonight virtually coincides with the 100-day mark of his term. Since the days of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first 100 days of a term have been a measure, artificial or otherwise, of how a president is doing. Mr. Bush's advisers are well aware of that, just as they know that before too many more months have passed, Mr. Bush's influence could begin to wane. Lawmakers will be focusing less on his agenda and more on their re-election campaigns in 2006 - or on the 2008 presidential contest.
As for Social Security, administration officials from Mr. Bush on down have blanketed the country for two months, trying to convince workers and retirees of the need for prompt action and of the benefits of the president's approach. But polls show that support for Mr. Bush's handling of Social Security has fallen and that voters increasingly disapprove of investment accounts. The White House had signaled that once its 60-day Social Security push ended, as it will this weekend, Mr. Bush would begin to talk specifically not just about the retirement program's problems but his preferred solutions.
His appearance tonight will be the first opportunity since Mr. Bush's State of the Union address nearly three months ago that the president can make his case to a national audience. But it will also be the first time that he has talked in any detail about the steps that he believes will be needed beyond the creation of investment accounts to ensure Social Security's solvency as the baby boom generation retires.
Mr. McClellan declined to say what steps Mr. Bush would discuss. But the president and some of his top officials have tipped their hands in recent weeks. In particular, Mr. Bush has made clear his support for cutting benefits for future retirees in a way that would hit higher-income people harder than lower-income people through an approach called progressive indexation.
Mr. Bush has also signaled that he will be willing to consider a tax increase in the form of an increase in the cap on the amount of wages that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax. House Republican leaders have rejected any tax increase, and it is unclear that Mr. Bush will embrace one in the end, but his intention in putting the possibility on the table was to signal to Democrats that he was serious about taking the politically difficult steps needed to meet his goal of making Social Security permanently solvent.
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I'll be watching.
I'll be watching. I check in on the thread.
What did CBS do about Survivor?
Any truth to a post I read on another thread that President Bush's press conference has been moved up to 7:30pm?
Brit just said 8:00
Are all the broadcast networks going live tonight, at least for the first 30 minutes?
yes 30 minutes sooner
I will be heading home when this starts, but I will listen on the radio. And now, for a little editorial comment:
EVERYONE PLEASE TAKE GOOD NOTES!!
We shall do our best, MM. Drive carefully.
I was watching Brit' show and he kept asking the panel why Bush was having this press conference and no matter what each of them said, Brit would still say, "But why is he doing this?"---It sounded almost like he was afraid of something---
I guess he worries because he knows that the press just gang up to make Bush look bad instead of asking pertinent questions...I don't know.
I hope he is well-coached to do this. The media is going to come out swinging.
He waqs just trying to smoke out Marla as to the RATs strategy. I think he's gonna floor 'em tonite!
..and because there has been a lot of guessing on FR today, I was of the impression Brit was a bit excited, like there might be 'breaking news'...
...Maybe I'm reading too much between the lines.
My head is swimming..........LOL.......
Do you know if this pre-empts network programming? If so, I would hope this has something major in it. Otherwise, a lot of people will be really irked for missing their favorite programs. I have to say, unless there's something new here, I will be one of them. I hope Brit was hinting at something big, but I would think important info would have leaked by now.
You too? ;-)
Present, and more or less accounted for.
I guess we're over here now!
I keep hearing the news say its because his approval rating has dropped to 47%
Those stupid polls don't mean a thing IMO.
Someone told me that the reason The WH moved this up a half hour is to give Helen Thomas more time to apply her Ponds creme and catch some beauty rest....Can you imagine?
Who brought the refreshments?
I'm getting dizzy.
I'm here so early I think I got a good seat.
I want him to come out strong and slam the AARP, the Democrats, moveon.idiots and all else who have been LYING to the American people about his Social Security reform plan. Call them liars, Mr. President! His plan would take billions of dollars out of the spending hands of Congress and allow them to be invested in a fully funded, properly run retirement program. Right now, NONE, ZERO, NOTHING of a person's Social Security contributions is invested. This should be slam dunk!
The "OFFICIAL" Live thread....
I'm listening to Biden just now on Hardball and I have to say he is completely insane. He is also completely detached from the actual history of the Constitution of the United States.
What gives? It's 7:30 and Shepard Smith is still talking.
PLACE YOUR BETS NOW!!!
RED OR BLUE TIE????????
(I say RED.)
NBC: Brian Williams will anchor from 8PM to 9PM Eastern.
ABC: Elizabeth Vargas and George Snuafflafugus will sub for Peter Jennings on health leave
FOX Broadcast Network: Shep Smith with a level 2 cut in for local stations which will allow them to cut in for 'The OC' post speech/press conference
CNN: Wolf Blitzed and Paula Zahn, Larry King from 10PM to 11PM eastern, Aaron Brown at 11PM
CNBC: Larry Kudlow and Ron Insana with a 'Special Report' from 8PM to 9PM
MSNBC: 7PM Pregame Hardball 'Special Report' Chris Matthews with post spin until 10 Eastern
See:BS Backed off of plans to air 'Survivor' Bill Schieffer will anchor from 8PM tp 9PM
By watching Chrissy tonte you doubled his average audience.
You know it's going to be blue, sky blue.
Survivor moved to 9 PM
I've got a few beers and a chicken pot pie...
No "Survivor" tonight? Shoot!
This is true, but the "In a Fix" episode was a repeat.
Hey photoshop experts...How 'bout some good pics of the White House press corps?
I think it's starts at 8pm. Ah, what a shame no "Joey" (grinning)
Aaaaakkk I need to toss a pizza in the oven!
(I say RED.)
Gonna be a red tie. Book that one.
I prefer red. The power color.
The jist is that President Bush is not in touch with his base at all by coming on televsion during sweeps to talk about the "YAWNER" Social Security.
OTOH he surely knows that questions about illegal immigration and judicial nominees...the RED HOT issues will be forthcoming.
How should President Bush respond? This Freeper wants to know...because as somebody pointed out, if there is a terrorist attack, illegal immigration will be on the front pages, 24/7.
President Bush's popularity will go into freefall.
I'd rather the press report that he was coming on to talk about the obstructionist Democrats and take the judicial nomineed filibuster to the People...or...tell us he is going to tighten up the borders and get the people here registered asap.
Now, I would want to see THAT instead of The Apprentice tonite.