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Oops! - Bush Unaware Mikes Were Still On
AP ^ | 2/10/6

Posted on 02/10/2006 4:33:31 PM PST by SmithL

Cambridge, Md. -- The eavesdropping tables were turned on President Bush on Friday. The president apparently believed he was speaking privately when he talked about listening in without a warrant on domestic communications with suspected al-Qaida terrorists overseas. But reporters were the ones doing the listening in this time.

The incident happened at a House Republican retreat. After six minutes of public remarks by the president, reporters were ushered out. "I support the free press, let's just get them out of the room," Bush said,

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: eavesdropping; media; openmic; spying
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What about Clymer, though?
1 posted on 02/10/2006 4:33:32 PM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Mics!

Not mikes!


2 posted on 02/10/2006 4:34:34 PM PST by flashbunny
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To: flashbunny; SmithL

(that was addressed to the AP / SF people - not you in particular)


3 posted on 02/10/2006 4:35:06 PM PST by flashbunny
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To: SmithL

Oh boy, this is really bad. Let's have a Congressional investigation initiated by a Republican!


4 posted on 02/10/2006 4:35:41 PM PST by caisson71
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To: SmithL
However, the microphones stayed on for a few minutes. That allowed journalists back at the White House to eavesdrop on Bush's defense of the eavesdropping. His private statements were basically no different from what he's said in public.

And why does the AP consider this news?

5 posted on 02/10/2006 4:36:44 PM PST by My2Cents (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. -- George Orwell)
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To: SmithL
His private statements were basically no different from what he's said in public.

So why is this a news story?!?!

6 posted on 02/10/2006 4:36:53 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: My2Cents

Ha ha.... great minds!


7 posted on 02/10/2006 4:37:24 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: SmithL

Golly gee...what a freaudian slip of an action.


8 posted on 02/10/2006 4:37:27 PM PST by torchthemummy ("Reid...Kerry...Rockefeller. They were unable to attend due to a prior lack of commitment." - Cheney)
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To: SmithL
"First of all, I expect this conversation we're about to have to stay in the room. I know that's impossible in Washington."

Isn't he the dreamer?

9 posted on 02/10/2006 4:37:56 PM PST by Howlin (Why don't you just report the news, instead of what might be the news? - Donald Rumsfeld 1/25/2006)
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To: SmithL
WTF is Mike still on?
10 posted on 02/10/2006 4:38:40 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Women were put on Earth to look hot. Men are here to be stupid about it.)
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To: SmithL

Amazing what makes a story when the press is offended.


11 posted on 02/10/2006 4:39:20 PM PST by Faith
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To: SmithL
No more Clymer remarks? How disappointing!
12 posted on 02/10/2006 4:39:34 PM PST by GVnana (Former Alias: GVgirl)
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To: My2Cents
And why does the AP consider this news?

Because they're accustomed to the lying Clintons and the two-faced Democrats in congress.

13 posted on 02/10/2006 4:39:58 PM PST by Snardius (And you KNOW what I'm talking about...)
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To: My2Cents
However, the microphones stayed on for a few minutes. That allowed journalists back at the White House to eavesdrop on Bush's defense of the eavesdropping. His private statements were basically no different from what he's said in public.

And why does the AP consider this news?

Maybe because after covering Clinton for so long, they can't believe that a president would say in public the same thing as he would say privately.

14 posted on 02/10/2006 4:40:35 PM PST by Anti-MSM (Conservatives wish 9-11 never happened-liberals pretend it didn't!)
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To: SmithL

Remember a few years ago when the CA Democrats left the mic on when they were plotting to kill the budget, and trying to blame it on the GOP? I forgot what they said, exactly, but it was priceless. Much more interesting than this, but I'm sure that the Chronicle gave it a lot less space.


15 posted on 02/10/2006 4:41:13 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Howlin

what a tease of an article lol


16 posted on 02/10/2006 4:41:24 PM PST by bayourant
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To: SmithL
His private statements were basically no different from what he's said in public.

The press just doesn't know what to do with an honest man......

17 posted on 02/10/2006 4:41:35 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: Faith

Yeah, no kidding. He should make that his theme for the duration of his presidency however. "Get the press the hell out!" LOL


18 posted on 02/10/2006 4:41:41 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: SmithL

They think it was an accident - yuk yuk yuk


19 posted on 02/10/2006 4:41:57 PM PST by kentj
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To: My2Cents

Gee, who woulda guessed President Bush actually says what he means? Well...except for the millions of people who voted for him...


20 posted on 02/10/2006 4:42:33 PM PST by ilovew ("Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second guessing is not a strategy." GWB SOTU 1-31-06)
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To: SmithL
Bravo President! ...reporters were ushered out. "I support the free press, let's just get them out of the room," Bush said...

And if you really believe President Bush did not know the microphones were on,...sigh... well, I guess you'll still vote.

21 posted on 02/10/2006 4:43:10 PM PST by JohnCliftn (In War: Resolution. In Defeat: Defiance. In Victory: Magnanimity. In Peace: Good Will.)
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To: SmithL
However, the microphones stayed on for a few minutes. That allowed journalists back at the White House to eavesdrop on Bush's defense of the eavesdropping. His private statements were basically no different from what he's said in public.

The too smart by half azzhole who thought leaving the mikes on was a good idea should be looking for new employment by now.

22 posted on 02/10/2006 4:43:28 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (It is easy to call for a pi$$ing contest when you aren't going to be in the line of fire.)
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To: bayourant

Yeah I was thinking the same thing.


23 posted on 02/10/2006 4:43:56 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: Faith

They just aren't smart enough to know that no one ELSE is offended when THEY are offended. :)


24 posted on 02/10/2006 4:43:59 PM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: kentj

Rovian...


25 posted on 02/10/2006 4:44:31 PM PST by usmcobra (I'm a Marine on currently on inactive status awaiting an eternal change of duty station)
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To: SmithL
"I support the free press, let's just get them out of the room," Bush said

I support 'em too but would prefer them in another room.

Next door maybe or perhaps in Idaho.

26 posted on 02/10/2006 4:45:43 PM PST by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: flashbunny

What does hard lemonade have anything to do with this article?
(heh,heh)


27 posted on 02/10/2006 4:45:48 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
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To: bayourant

Not much to it, is there?


28 posted on 02/10/2006 4:45:50 PM PST by Howlin (Why don't you just report the news, instead of what might be the news? - Donald Rumsfeld 1/25/2006)
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To: SmithL

"The bombing starts in five minutes".
And I'll dammwell call them "mikes" if I want to.


29 posted on 02/10/2006 4:47:13 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Criticize me if you will, but just don't circumsize me any more. -Kinky Friedman)
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To: SmithL

"However, the microphones stayed on for a few minutes. That allowed journalists back at the White House to eavesdrop on Bush's defense of the eavesdropping. His private statements were basically no different from what he's said in public."


30 posted on 02/10/2006 4:47:39 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people believe in Intelligent Design (God))
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To: humblegunner

Idaho is too nice. Let's send em to Cuba.


31 posted on 02/10/2006 4:47:56 PM PST by ilovew ("Hindsight alone is not wisdom, and second guessing is not a strategy." GWB SOTU 1-31-06)
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To: flashbunny; MikeinIraq
Mics!

Not mikes!

Ping

32 posted on 02/10/2006 4:48:35 PM PST by neodad (Why does every cartoon article refer to the "Prophet" Muhammed?)
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To: JohnCliftn

I kind of agree with you that Bush probably knew the mikes were still on. But I also agree with those who know that this guy's character is such that he does say what he means and he probably could get caught on tape most of any day and not say too much that could be controversial.

If I were pres, I'd probably say too much in private about concentration camps for Barbara Streisand and Michael Moore...so I wouldn't have the temperament to be pres. :-0


33 posted on 02/10/2006 4:49:08 PM PST by GermanBusiness (Buy from Danish Food Dot Net)
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To: SmithL

These fools think if they persist in playing their infantile "gotcha" games that one day they're going to head the motherlode, but what they don't understand is that they already have a "motherload", and that "load" is refreshed on a daily basis, from countless liberal/left newspapers, networks, radio stations, websites, etc.

I think everyone knows what that "load" consists of.

Meanwhile, our President is trying to wage war on the enemies of America, while his political adversaries try to tie one (or both) of his arms behind his back.


34 posted on 02/10/2006 4:49:52 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: ilovew
Idaho is too nice. Let's send em to Cuba.

Well if we are going to be crossing borders then let's make it worthwhile.

Kamchatka is nice this time of year.

35 posted on 02/10/2006 4:50:37 PM PST by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: ohioWfan


You have nailed it!


36 posted on 02/10/2006 4:51:31 PM PST by onyx
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To: SmithL
"Ya know, Karl and Dick, this whole BS about Muslim's being the religion of peace, is just a bunch of bullsh!t, I'm seriously getting tired of this sham, and I want to go the public and let all of them know how the end of civilization will happen if we let these a$$holes get the upper hand!"

off/patriotism!

37 posted on 02/10/2006 4:51:44 PM PST by aShepard (Have Gun, Will Travel!)
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To: flashbunny; SmithL
Hole your flash, Rabbit!

mike (mk) Informal
n. also mic (mk)
A microphone.
tr.v. miked, mik·ing, mikes
To supply with or transmit through a microphone.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

38 posted on 02/10/2006 4:52:08 PM PST by Lady Jag ( All I want is a kind word, a warm bed, and world domination)
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To: ilovew
who woulda guessed President Bush actually says what he means?

The MSM is shocked, and the Dems are deeply saddened.

39 posted on 02/10/2006 4:53:57 PM PST by My2Cents (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. -- George Orwell)
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To: Past Your Eyes
And I'll dammwell call them "mikes" if I want to.

If they're called "mics," wouldn't this offend our Irish-American friends?

40 posted on 02/10/2006 4:54:38 PM PST by My2Cents (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. -- George Orwell)
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To: kentj

I was about to post something similar.


41 posted on 02/10/2006 4:57:16 PM PST by Carling (Your Super Bowl XL Champion Pittsburgh SteAlers!)
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To: SmithL
That allowed journalists back at the White House to eavesdrop on Bush's defense of the eavesdropping.

Did they get approval from FISA before listening?

If not, why aren't charges pending? Where's the investigation?

Qwinn

42 posted on 02/10/2006 4:57:51 PM PST by Qwinn
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Speaking to the whole repubican house conference is hardly speaking privately.

No politician in there right mind would say anything that could get them in trouble in that situation. Leaks always come out of those meetings. Who would say anything incriminating with chris shays in the room.

I can see if it was a private meeting with bush and his staff but this isn't private at all.


43 posted on 02/10/2006 4:58:11 PM PST by johnmecainrino
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To: neodad

Musician's Friend calls them "mics". When pronounced, it sounds like somebody is trying to tell an Irish joke.


44 posted on 02/10/2006 4:59:16 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Criticize me if you will, but just don't circumsize me any more. -Kinky Friedman)
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To: SmithL
Dubya didn't say anything that the vast majority of us don't at some time think.
45 posted on 02/10/2006 5:01:01 PM PST by RichInOC ("...and there's Adam Clymer, that major league [anus] from the New York times." "Yeah, Big time.")
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To: My2Cents
"If they're called "mics," wouldn't this offend our Irish-American friends?"

Yup. See my #44.

"It's an Irish trick, it's true And I'll lick the Mic that threw The overalls in Mrs. Murphy's chowder."

46 posted on 02/10/2006 5:01:55 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (Criticize me if you will, but just don't circumsize me any more. -Kinky Friedman)
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To: Past Your Eyes

When Al Gore was touring Monticello with Clinton, he asked who the busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin were. That was also caught by the press covering the visit, but I don' recall it getting this much press.


47 posted on 02/10/2006 5:02:53 PM PST by willyd
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To: Past Your Eyes
"The bombing starts in five minutes".


48 posted on 02/10/2006 5:04:52 PM PST by DocRock
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To: SmithL

This was a big yawn. I'm getting so sick of the media wanting GWB's head just because he got out of bed in the moring.


49 posted on 02/10/2006 5:05:02 PM PST by Fudd Fan (Sorry Mr. Franklin, but apparently we couldn't keep it.)
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To: SmithL

Prew the scress!


50 posted on 02/10/2006 5:05:17 PM PST by rfp1234 (I've had it up to my keyster with these leaks!!! - - - Ronald Reagan)
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