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LIVE THREAD: President Bush's Press Conference
www.freerepublic.com | April 28, 2005

Posted on 04/28/2005 4:00:18 PM PDT by Howlin

FROM WASHINGTON
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.





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April 28, 2005

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.

1 posted on 04/28/2005 4:00:19 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: 1stMarylandRegiment; 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; ...

Please post your comments here.


2 posted on 04/28/2005 4:00:48 PM PDT by Howlin (North Carolina, where beer kegs are registered and illegal aliens run free.)
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To: Howlin

Click on the pic to go to the story/link posted on FR.


3 posted on 04/28/2005 4:01:50 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: Howlin

I'll be watching.


4 posted on 04/28/2005 4:01:55 PM PDT by humblegunner (We ain't subject to terror, but it's unwise to irritate us.)
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To: Howlin

I'll be watching. I check in on the thread.


5 posted on 04/28/2005 4:03:31 PM PDT by baseballmom
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To: Howlin

What did CBS do about Survivor?


6 posted on 04/28/2005 4:03:47 PM PDT by ken5050 (The Dem party is as dead as the NHL)
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To: Howlin

Any truth to a post I read on another thread that President Bush's press conference has been moved up to 7:30pm?


7 posted on 04/28/2005 4:04:13 PM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: Howlin
visit this for fun until Dubya speeks

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1162751/posts

8 posted on 04/28/2005 4:05:12 PM PDT by al baby (Dick Trickle is not just a medical condition)
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To: Carolinamom

Brit just said 8:00


9 posted on 04/28/2005 4:05:32 PM PDT by baseballmom
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To: Howlin; All

Are all the broadcast networks going live tonight, at least for the first 30 minutes?


10 posted on 04/28/2005 4:05:39 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: Carolinamom

yes 30 minutes sooner


11 posted on 04/28/2005 4:05:54 PM PDT by al baby (Dick Trickle is not just a medical condition)
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To: Howlin
I am still at my son's house until soccer practice is over. I have the two girls and my son took my grandson to practice.

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!!

Thank you.

12 posted on 04/28/2005 4:08:37 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Howlin
I want to hear the President declare an Executive Order to begin constructing the Cape Wind offshore wind farm. Teddy and Johnny would have a cow (a manatee, perhaps)!!
13 posted on 04/28/2005 4:09:43 PM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: Howlin

Checking in.


14 posted on 04/28/2005 4:11:54 PM PDT by silent_jonny (Long live Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: Miss Marple

We shall do our best, MM. Drive carefully.


15 posted on 04/28/2005 4:12:48 PM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: Howlin

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.


16 posted on 04/28/2005 4:15:29 PM PDT by Txsleuth (Mark Levin for Supreme Court)
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To: Howlin

I hope he is well-coached to do this. The media is going to come out swinging.


17 posted on 04/28/2005 4:24:44 PM PDT by econ_grad
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To: Txsleuth

He waqs just trying to smoke out Marla as to the RATs strategy. I think he's gonna floor 'em tonite!


18 posted on 04/28/2005 4:24:47 PM PDT by CT CONSERVATIVE (Fight Crime: Shoot Back)
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To: Txsleuth
#16..I noticed that too...

..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.

19 posted on 04/28/2005 4:25:19 PM PDT by Guenevere (Sola Gratia)
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To: Howlin

Bump.


20 posted on 04/28/2005 4:25:30 PM PDT by TomServo ("Speak to me, fudge wall")
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To: TomServo; CT CONSERVATIVE

My head is swimming..........LOL.......


21 posted on 04/28/2005 4:26:02 PM PDT by Howlin (North Carolina, where beer kegs are registered and illegal aliens run free.)
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To: Txsleuth

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.


22 posted on 04/28/2005 4:26:08 PM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (History remembers only what was, not what might have been.)
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To: Howlin
"My head is swimming..........LOL......

You too? ;-)

23 posted on 04/28/2005 4:27:11 PM PDT by TomServo ("Speak to me, fudge wall")
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To: Howlin

Present, and more or less accounted for.


24 posted on 04/28/2005 4:27:28 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Blogs have a strangle hold on the MSM. The MSM is kicking out the windshield.)
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I guess we're over here now!


25 posted on 04/28/2005 4:27:37 PM PDT by Howlin (North Carolina, where beer kegs are registered and illegal aliens run free.)
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To: Txsleuth
"Brit would still say, "But why is he doing this?"---It sounded almost like he was afraid of something---"

I keep hearing the news say its because his approval rating has dropped to 47%

Those stupid polls don't mean a thing IMO.

26 posted on 04/28/2005 4:27:46 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Howlin

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?


27 posted on 04/28/2005 4:31:03 PM PDT by CT CONSERVATIVE (Fight Crime: Shoot Back)
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To: Howlin

Who brought the refreshments?


28 posted on 04/28/2005 4:31:04 PM PDT by verity (A mindset is an antidote to logic.)
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To: Howlin

I'm getting dizzy.


29 posted on 04/28/2005 4:31:41 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Howlin

I'm here so early I think I got a good seat.


30 posted on 04/28/2005 4:32:11 PM PDT by twin2
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To: Howlin

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!


31 posted on 04/28/2005 4:32:26 PM PDT by HankReardon
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PING.........


The "OFFICIAL" Live thread....


32 posted on 04/28/2005 4:32:55 PM PDT by OXENinFLA ("I don't have to retreat, I live in Florida!")
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To: Spunky

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.


33 posted on 04/28/2005 4:33:33 PM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: twin2

What gives? It's 7:30 and Shepard Smith is still talking.


34 posted on 04/28/2005 4:33:56 PM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: OXENinFLA

PLACE YOUR BETS NOW!!!



RED OR BLUE TIE????????



(I say RED.)


35 posted on 04/28/2005 4:33:57 PM PDT by OXENinFLA ("I don't have to retreat, I live in Florida!")
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To: ken5050; All
from cable newser.com (first night of May Sweeps)

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

36 posted on 04/28/2005 4:34:50 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: Bahbah; Howlin

By watching Chrissy tonte you doubled his average audience.


37 posted on 04/28/2005 4:35:00 PM PDT by CT CONSERVATIVE (Fight Crime: Shoot Back)
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To: OXENinFLA

You know it's going to be blue, sky blue.


38 posted on 04/28/2005 4:36:12 PM PDT by HankReardon
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To: ken5050

Survivor moved to 9 PM


39 posted on 04/28/2005 4:36:38 PM PDT by spycatcher
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To: Howlin
this seat's taken !


40 posted on 04/28/2005 4:36:54 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: verity
Who brought the refreshments?

I've got a few beers and a chicken pot pie...

41 posted on 04/28/2005 4:37:48 PM PDT by humblegunner (We ain't subject to terror, but it's unwise to irritate us.)
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To: ken5050

No "Survivor" tonight? Shoot!


42 posted on 04/28/2005 4:38:02 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife (Go Ian Go)
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To: CT CONSERVATIVE
you doubled his average audience.

This is true, but the "In a Fix" episode was a repeat.

43 posted on 04/28/2005 4:38:37 PM PDT by Bahbah (Something wicked this way comes)
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To: Bahbah; Howlin
Psssssssssst any seats up front.


44 posted on 04/28/2005 4:39:19 PM PDT by Dog ( Premier news hound and proud member of FR's Pajama News Service...winner of several Buckeye awards.)
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To: All

Hey photoshop experts...How 'bout some good pics of the White House press corps?


45 posted on 04/28/2005 4:39:19 PM PDT by CT CONSERVATIVE (Fight Crime: Shoot Back)
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To: Carolinamom

I think it's starts at 8pm. Ah, what a shame no "Joey" (grinning)


46 posted on 04/28/2005 4:39:23 PM PDT by twin2
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To: humblegunner

Aaaaakkk I need to toss a pizza in the oven!


47 posted on 04/28/2005 4:39:23 PM PDT by OXENinFLA ("I don't have to retreat, I live in Florida!")
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To: OXENinFLA
RED OR BLUE TIE????????

(I say RED.)

Gonna be a red tie. Book that one.

48 posted on 04/28/2005 4:39:38 PM PDT by JustaCowgirl (Joseph Biden, one of the Senate’s foremost authorities on taking himself seriously.)
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To: OXENinFLA

I prefer red. The power color.


49 posted on 04/28/2005 4:39:40 PM PDT by Soul Seeker
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To: Howlin
Chris Core on our WMAL is having an intriquing hour right now.

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.

50 posted on 04/28/2005 4:39:49 PM PDT by DCPatriot
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