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What They're Saying About The President's News Conference: Part II
RNC.org ^ | Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | RNC Research Dept

Posted on 03/22/2006 11:08:39 AM PST by CyberAnt

The Washington Post: "President Bush should hold more news conferences. ... In his sometimes blunt, sometimes joking and sometimes unpolished way, he sounded authentic ..." (Editorial, "Mr. Bush Unvarnished," The Washington Post, 3/22/06)

The Washington Post: "[T]he president clearly has not lost sight of the enormous importance of the Iraqi mission ..." (Editorial, "Mr. Bush Unvarnished," The Washington Post, 3/22/06)

The Washington Post: "Mr. Bush ... hasn't lost sight of the stakes." (Editorial, "Mr. Bush Unvarnished," The Washington Post, 3/22/06)

ABC's Elizabeth Vargas: "The President, really striking, though George, a balancing act in this news conference today. Realism on the one hand about the challenges ahead, and yet - optimism about the outcome." (ABC's "World News Tonight," 3/21/06)

CNN's Heidi Collins: "[Tuesday's] news conference was just as remarkable for its style as for its substance." (CNN's "Paula Zahn Now," 3/21/06)

[New York] Daily News: "A rock on Iraq." ("A Rock On Iraq," [New York] Daily News, 3/22/06)

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough: "Today [President Bush] faced a hostile press corps, held his own." (MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," 3/21/06)

MSNBC's Pat Buchanan: "[President Bush] came out confident and ... I think he enjoyed sparring with the press, Joe. I thought he came off excellent today. I think it was a first-rate press conference, and with regard to Iraq, we all -- we don't know what the outcome is, you, I, nobody. I don't even think the president knows, but I think he feels comfortable with the decision he made, and he knows the opposition doesn't have any answers." (MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," 3/21/06)

CBS' Bob Schieffer: "President Bush laid out the most impassioned defense yet of his war policy during a White House news conference ..." (CBS' "Evening News," 3/21/06)

CBS' Jim Axelrod: "It was a passionate and feisty George Bush." (CBS' "Evening News," 3/21/06)

The Washington Post's Jim VandeHei: "[The President] clearly believes in the Iraqi mission. He's shown no signs whatsoever of caving in or giving in ..." (MSNBC's "Countdown," 3/21/06)

"With The Public In Cleveland And With Reporters Tuesday, An Energetic And Confident Bush Bantered With His Questioners, Using Humor -- He Accused A Reporter Tuesday Of Falling 'Half-Asleep' During His Lengthy Remarks The Day Before In Cleveland. In Each Case, He Also Took Tough Questions For About An Hour, Indicating That He's Aware Of Public Criticism And Wants To Respond." (David Jackson, "Bush: U.S. Troops May Stay In Iraq For Years," USA Today, 3/22/06)

"Passionate And Often Aggressive ... Bush Declared That If He Did Not Believe The United States Could Prevail In Iraq, He Would Pull The Troops Out Now." (Carolyn Lochhead, "Bush Says War Could Outlast His Presidency," The San Francisco Chronicle, 3/22/06)

Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria: "The old order in Iraq was built on fear and terror. One group dominated the land, oppressing the others. Now representatives of all three communities -- Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds -- are sitting down at the table, trying to construct a workable bargain they can all live with. ... Iraq may be stumbling toward nation-building by consent, not brutality. And that is a model for the Middle East." (Fareed Zakaria, Op-Ed, "Why Iraq Is Still Worth the Effort," The Washington Post, 3/22/06)

"[M]r. Bush Didn't Back Down As He Defended The Decision To Go To War And The Current U.S. Policy." (Stephen Dinan, "Bush Commits Until 2009," The Washington Times, 3/22/06)

"[President Bush Is] Making An Aggressive Case." (Tom Raum, "Analysis: Bush Throws Weight Behind Iraq," The Associated Press, 3/21/06)

Political Strategist Karen Hanretty: "I think actually what the president did today was very good." (MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," 3/21/06)

Hanretty: "The first word that came to my mind after watching the press conference was solid." (MSNBC's "Scarborough Country," 3/21/06)

"Speaking Energetically, Bush On Tuesday Turned Nearly Every Question On Iraq Into A Megaphone For His Latest Message On The War: That He Understands Americans' Concerns About Its Progress And Cost, But That It Must Be Fought To Deny Terrorists An Iraqi Base From Which They Could Attack The United States." (James Gerstenzang, "Bush Says U.S. in Iraq for Long Haul," Los Angeles Times, 3/22/06)


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: agitprop; bush; bushhassers; conference; dnctalkingpoints; iraq; iraqwar; media; mediabias; military; news; press; propaganda; saddam; thebiglie; troops; wot
Does anybody notice anything missing from any of these statements ..??

It seems the NSA terrorist surveillance program is not being mentioned at all.

I wonder if that's because the President actually called their bluff about it when he complained that if they think this is not a good program then they need to defund the program - but nobody is standing up to say that. I can't remember exactly what the President said - but it was strong statement: Either do something or get off the pot .. type of statement.

The media's lack of talk about those statements means THE PRESIDENT HIT THE TARGET!!!

1 posted on 03/22/2006 11:08:44 AM PST by CyberAnt
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To: CyberAnt

"The Washington Post: "President Bush should hold more news conferences. ... In his sometimes blunt, sometimes joking and sometimes unpolished way, he sounded authentic"


Wow. Surely they put something nasty later in the article.


2 posted on 03/22/2006 11:10:30 AM PST by gondramB (Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.)
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To: gondramB

Surely! LOL!

But it is rather rude - "blunt", "unpolished" - in other words .. a dumb cowboy!


3 posted on 03/22/2006 11:12:03 AM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: CyberAnt
That he slapped Helen Thomas silly, which was well worth it alone, and justified.

Seriously, your NSA point is dead on balls accurate.

4 posted on 03/22/2006 11:13:32 AM PST by b4its2late (There are good terrorists.............. DEAD ONES.)
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To: gondramB

>>>In his sometimes blunt, sometimes joking and sometimes unpolished way, he sounded authentic"

Sounded authentic? I think they got nasty already.


5 posted on 03/22/2006 11:13:35 AM PST by .cnI redruM ("Brother, you can believe in stones, as long as you don't throw them at me. - W. Sultan)
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To: CyberAnt
he sounded authentic

Something very few Democrats could ever be accused of.

6 posted on 03/22/2006 11:14:19 AM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("I'm kind of a parasite." Noam Chomsky)
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To: b4its2late

I love it when I'm right! It happens so seldom .. LOL!!


7 posted on 03/22/2006 11:14:39 AM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

"authentic"

Yeah, I love that comment too. Does that mean that the last 5 years Bush was "un-authentic" .. LOL!


8 posted on 03/22/2006 11:17:04 AM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: CyberAnt

[But it is rather rude - "blunt", "unpolished" - in other words .. a dumb cowboy!]

LOL...Not near as much as some in the White House Press Corps.


9 posted on 03/22/2006 11:18:58 AM PST by jazusamo (Excuse me Helen, I'm answering your first accusation. - President Bush)
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To: CyberAnt

I think he said something to the effect that if they are so convinced that the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) is so bad, so unnecessary, an so violative, then they should campaign on that. Tell the people that you don't want a TSP. Tell them we shouldn't have a TSP. Tell them you will not support a TSP.

In fact, he said they should speak up now and say it, that's why they're in Washington.

It was 'in your face and right up you a$$' brilliant!


10 posted on 03/22/2006 11:20:08 AM PST by RedRightReturn (Even a broken clock is right twice a day...)
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To: CyberAnt

" Today during a Press Conference, the President 'mooed' at me and called me the 'ugliest water buffalo ever to step foot in the White House.' " -- Helen Tomas


11 posted on 03/22/2006 11:21:44 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: CyberAnt; BigSkyFreeper; Mo1; Miss Marple; STARWISE; Justanobody; daybreakcoming


I'd love for him to hold pressers and Q&A's in PRIME time.

Live audience, (even the WH press midgets) are his best arena.


12 posted on 03/22/2006 11:22:32 AM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: theDentist

LOL...And rightly so!


13 posted on 03/22/2006 11:22:58 AM PST by jazusamo (Excuse me Helen, I'm answering your first accusation. - President Bush)
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To: RedRightReturn

I was so glad to hear those words about the NSA thing. It gets kind of depressing to hear every other week about the next Democrat attempt to find a way to impeach Bush. The media is either never catching on or (more likely) in on the whole thing and breathlessly reports each new attempt as if none of the others occurred.


14 posted on 03/22/2006 11:27:43 AM PST by dan1123
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To: onyx
That's the thing onyx, the traveling press got a first hand taste of how they are perceived in America. The questions asked by ordinary Americans are far smarter and more savy than those asked by the WH press corps.

They also know these are free and open questions because several of them have bordered on hostile and yet he answered them fully and completely.

15 posted on 03/22/2006 11:30:47 AM PST by McGavin999 (The US media is afflicted with Attention Deficit Disorder)
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To: CyberAnt

Thanks for posting this.


16 posted on 03/22/2006 11:31:34 AM PST by Howlin ("It doesn't have a policy. It doesn't need to have a policy. What's the point of a Democratic policy)
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To: CyberAnt
I heard a lot of referrals to "towel snapping" in other words they're bringing out the "frat boy" label on Bush again
17 posted on 03/22/2006 11:33:44 AM PST by Rebel Yankee
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To: CyberAnt

Make sure you save this. They forget so soon, you know.


18 posted on 03/22/2006 11:37:05 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: McGavin999


You're right and after he handled their hostility yesterday "with EASE" they have taken a step back to rearm.

They're poll watchers, are they know Americans hate them and see their bias, but they;re driven by their personal hatred of POTUS and their employers agenda.

Most think they're smarter than POTUS, even after he's bested them everytime. Misunderestimated and statergery.


19 posted on 03/22/2006 11:39:01 AM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: CyberAnt; All
Does anybody notice anything missing from any of these statements ..?? It seems the NSA terrorist surveillance program is not being mentioned at all.

I wonder if that's because the President actually called their bluff about it when he complained that if they think this is not a good program then they need to defund the program - but nobody is standing up to say that. I can't remember exactly what the President said - but it was strong statement: Either do something or get off the pot .. type of statement. The media's lack of talk about those statements means THE PRESIDENT HIT THE TARGET!!!

Here is W's direct quote, in answer to FOX News' Carl Cameron:

THE PRESIDENT: I think during these difficult times -- and they are difficult when we're at war -- the American people expect there to be a honest and open debate without needless partisanship. And that's how I view it. I did notice that nobody from the Democrat Party has actually stood up and called for getting rid of the terrorist surveillance program. You know, if that's what they believe, if people in the party believe that, then they ought to stand up and say it. They ought to stand up and say the tools we're using to protect the American people shouldn't be used. They ought to take their message to the people and say, vote for me, I promise we're not going to have a terrorist surveillance program. That's what they ought to be doing. That's part of what is an open and honest debate.

I did notice that, at one point in time, they didn't think the Patriot Act ought to be reauthorized -- "they" being at least the Minority Leader in the Senate. He openly said, as I understand -- I don't want to misquote him -- something along the lines that, "We killed the Patriot Act." And if that's what the party believes, they ought to go around the country saying we shouldn't give the people on the front line of protecting us the tools necessary to do so. That's a debate I think the country ought to have.

20 posted on 03/22/2006 11:45:31 AM PST by Christian4Bush (FreeRepublic and Rush Limbaugh: kevlar protection from the Drive-By Media.)
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To: CyberAnt

BUMP


21 posted on 03/22/2006 12:00:49 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: onyx

Bush needs to do more of this. Get mad. Fight back - he is at his best when he does! Helen Thomas looked like a complete jerk.


22 posted on 03/22/2006 12:04:53 PM PST by greccogirl
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To: CyberAnt
"Despite the latest White House sales campaign, the American people have rightly lost confidence in President Bush's disastrous handling of Iraq," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

Right after the President's speech.
23 posted on 03/22/2006 12:07:43 PM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: CyberAnt
By George, you've got it!

I hope he keeps this up...he sure was fantastic in West Virgnia today!

Got to leave...back later.

24 posted on 03/22/2006 12:08:43 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: greccogirl


He has rolled up his sleeves and taken 'em on!

He smacked that smirk right off of her wretched face! Rude old hag tried to interrupt him several times which let everyone see her hostility. Stupid old woman.



25 posted on 03/22/2006 12:11:54 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: CyberAnt
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"uuuuuaaaaah!"
26 posted on 03/22/2006 12:13:28 PM PST by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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To: greccogirl

Make Helen Thomas look uglier!

(if it's possible?)




27 posted on 03/22/2006 12:13:52 PM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: onyx

Thanks for the ping onyx. You really don't want me to get anything done today do you? LOL! What a glorious 3 days our "W" has given us!


28 posted on 03/22/2006 12:18:12 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: Justanobody


He's on a roll and we love it, and him.


29 posted on 03/22/2006 12:21:45 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: Christian4Bush
He openly said, as I understand -- I don't want to misquote him -- something along the lines that, "We killed the Patriot Act."

I darn near laughed myself silly as I clapped and cheered when the President said that!

30 posted on 03/22/2006 12:24:52 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: Wasanother
"Despite the latest White House sales campaign, the American people have rightly lost confidence in President Bush's disastrous handling of Iraq," said Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

I guess "it" still thinks HE speaks for the majority of Americans...idiot!

"We as Democrats may be in the minority in Congress, but we speak for the majority of Americans."
teddi, 1-12-06

31 posted on 03/22/2006 12:28:08 PM PST by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN - Support our troops. I *LOVE* my attitude problem! Beware the Enemedia.)
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To: onyx

WOW .. all these nice things being said about the President

Must be something in the water .. LOL!


32 posted on 03/22/2006 12:31:05 PM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Mo1

Sharks?

Maybe they're minnows for the time being...lol.


33 posted on 03/22/2006 12:31:44 PM PST by onyx (Bush/Cheney '08 --- by coup if necessary)
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To: Justanobody

I just thought it was interesting that the Rats have tried to jump to the MSM right after the speech. Kennedy's such a joke.


34 posted on 03/22/2006 12:32:51 PM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: Wasanother

I doubt it is possible to make Helen worse!!


35 posted on 03/22/2006 12:57:16 PM PST by greccogirl
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To: theDentist
" Today during a Press Conference, the President 'mbooed' at me and called me the 'dog-butt ugliest water buffalo ever to step foot in the White House.' " -- Helen Tomas

Fixed your spelling mistakes.

36 posted on 03/22/2006 1:01:36 PM PST by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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To: Wasanother

I was at the Capital Music Hall in Wheeling today. He came out took the microphone, talked and answered questions for 2 hours. He was strong in his convictions, funny and in command of all 2000 of us. You could have heard a pin drop in between the applause.
I told my husband if we could just get libs and democrats to actually listen to what the President says we might get somewhere. I won't hold by breath waiting.

God bless President Bush! What a genuine man!


37 posted on 03/22/2006 1:07:43 PM PST by ihaveboys
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To: ihaveboys

Would you happen to be the woman from Ohio who asked the question about how to get the media to give the troops better coverage?


38 posted on 03/22/2006 2:22:54 PM PST by Miss Marple (Lord, please look after Mozart Lover's and Jemian's sons and keep them strong.)
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To: Miss Marple

No, I am not that woman. I do have to say that the President was on his game today. I think he is fed up with the dems and the press and is going to bring his message to the people himself. He was absolutely great today!


39 posted on 03/22/2006 4:42:23 PM PST by ihaveboys
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To: CyberAnt
The media's lack of talk about those statements means THE PRESIDENT HIT THE TARGET!!!

I agree. He may have put the NSA program issue to rest with that one statement. He ended up by saying(close paraphrase) "they ought to go out and say 'Vote for me, I promise not to use a program of surveillance of terrorists in the fight against terror.'"

40 posted on 03/22/2006 5:38:44 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: CyberAnt
But it is rather rude - "blunt", "unpolished" - in other words .. a dumb cowboy!

That probably is what WaPo meant to convey-- but I don't read it that way. I think "blunt" and "unpolished" is what most of America is. I think GW sounds like America when he speaks, and I think he sounds that way to most Americans--even though the eastern effete elite would prefer someone who sounded more like a French sociopath.

41 posted on 03/22/2006 5:43:32 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Wasanother
Fat Teddy has been reduced to merely blowing smoke out his ample a&&. Nobody cares what he says anymore.
42 posted on 03/22/2006 5:47:56 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: CyberAnt
". . ., he sounded authentic ..."

So says the Washington Post!

"Authentic," according to dictionary.com, is said to mean: "Conforming to fact and therefore worthy of trust, reliance, or belief. . . ."

That does seem to be an apt description of the current President, despite what the MSM and Democrats would have us believe.

43 posted on 03/22/2006 7:24:25 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: CyberAnt

Yes.

Because in their world polite, decent, humane, respectful....all inauthentic and fake.

Combative, blunt, pushy, uncaring, forceful....authentic behavior.

The President just showed them that he can beat them at their own game...and suddenly they are scared!


44 posted on 03/22/2006 7:30:20 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: CyberAnt

W also told the MSM they were 'usefull idiots' for the terrorists. LOL! It was great.


45 posted on 03/22/2006 7:40:14 PM PST by Balata (It doesn't really matter and it wouldn't if it did.)
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To: Christian4Bush; All

Thanks for posting this Christian4Bush.

I'm repeating this for every body in case people didn't get to see or hear exactly what the President said about the NSA program:

THE PRESIDENT: I think during these difficult times -- and they are difficult when we're at war -- the American people expect there to be a honest and open debate without needless partisanship. And that's how I view it. I did notice that nobody from the Democrat Party has actually stood up and called for getting rid of the terrorist surveillance program. You know, if that's what they believe, if people in the party believe that, then they ought to stand up and say it. They ought to stand up and say the tools we're using to protect the American people shouldn't be used. They ought to take their message to the people and say, vote for me, I promise we're not going to have a terrorist surveillance program. That's what they ought to be doing. That's part of what is an open and honest debate.

The key: "... vote for me, I promise we're not going to have a terrorist surveillance program."

Wow! That one may have left a mark!


46 posted on 03/22/2006 8:06:01 PM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: CyberAnt

This is the only American flag that was flying at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001.
It was buried for three days before being rescued.
This is why and what for President Bush is fighting for.
This is why and what for my family and I proudly stand with him.

47 posted on 03/22/2006 8:59:02 PM PST by harpo11 (I wish President Bush could run in 2008! The rats would really be squealing...LOL!!!)
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