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LIVE Thread: Presidential Press Conference (full transcript at post #114)
April 10, 2006

Posted on 04/10/2006 8:12:52 AM PDT by Peach

Press conference now. The president is taking questions.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: presidentbush; pressconference
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1 posted on 04/10/2006 8:12:54 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

President: Asked about leaks says that after we liberated Iraq there were questions about the basis of the war and I declassified the document for a reason. I wanted people to see the truth and that's why I declassifed the document.

I thought I could declassify without jeopardizing
ongoing intel operations.


2 posted on 04/10/2006 8:14:21 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

Question: Sec. Rice in March discussed security issues in Asia Pacific. People thought it was an effort to contain the China threat. Could you elaborate the admin's strategy to the Pacific issues.

President: We have worked hard to make sure relations with Japan, S. Korea and China are on firm footing and they are. The Japanese relationship is a close relationship and I'm personally fond of the Prime Minister and I've worked with him on a variety of issues. He's committed troops to Iraq; he believes democracy keeps the peace. We've worked close in Afghanistan.

The S. Korean issue is dominated primarily by N. Korea nad I made the decision early on to change the dynamics called the 6 party talks aiming to get people who have a stake with N. Korea to the table. We need a united voice with the N. Koreans. The N. Korean nuclear issue disturbs me but also the fact that people are being starved to death.


3 posted on 04/10/2006 8:17:19 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach; Mo1; Howlin; Miss Marple

Thanks Peach!
I would have otherwise missed this!


4 posted on 04/10/2006 8:18:34 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Peach

Thanks!


5 posted on 04/10/2006 8:18:35 AM PDT by MEG33 ( GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: Peach

President: The issue on most American's minds is the issue of China. The relationship with China is positive and complex. It's positive because we do have dialog and the Chinese leadership sit down and we have frank discussions about a variety of issues. Our side discusses fairness and trade and freedom of religion and human rights.

It would be helpful if the S. Koreans and Japanese had better relationships so we encourage more dialog between the parties.


6 posted on 04/10/2006 8:19:13 AM PDT by Peach
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To: onyx

Please take notes

I have to leave and pick up my youngest from school


7 posted on 04/10/2006 8:19:19 AM PDT by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Peach

Thank you for the extraordinary transcription service.


8 posted on 04/10/2006 8:20:04 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Mo1; Peach

I'll TRY!
Peach is doing marvelously.


9 posted on 04/10/2006 8:20:04 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Peach

President: I believe it's important for Americans to see a society that is driven by consumer driven society in China. Meetnig will be a wide agenda.

FNC opts out, CNN still carrying.


10 posted on 04/10/2006 8:20:32 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Quilla; All


Go to CNN.
FNC has dropped him in favor of two bozo commentators.


11 posted on 04/10/2006 8:21:53 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Quilla

Question: I feel strongly about freedom although al so about human trafficing. Your admin takes a s trong stance against prostitution and combating sex trafficing. There is no evidence that criminalizing prostitution changes sex trafficing. Have you considered changing your mind about criminalizing sex prostitution?

President: Sounds like I'm dodging but you know more about it than I do. I'll call Candi; I thought we had a strong policy on this and addressed the UN and you'll have to talk with the secretary about it.


12 posted on 04/10/2006 8:22:22 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach
Thanks for the heads-up, Peach. FYI this doesn't seem to be a "press conference" per se; the President is taking questions from what appears to be an audience of students.
13 posted on 04/10/2006 8:22:38 AM PDT by Politicalities (http://www.politicalities.com)
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To: Peach

Prostitution question... silly.
On to USA's attempt to "democratize the world."

Oh-oh, the Prophet Mohammed.
Geeeeez.


14 posted on 04/10/2006 8:23:24 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Politicalities

"Give your people a chance to be free."


15 posted on 04/10/2006 8:24:46 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Peach

Question: Many see America's attempts to democratize ME, considering its the prophet Mohammed who established first democracy in the world (??), living among an equal among his people, giving any man or woman the right to vote, respect for all living, it parallels with our Constitution. How does the Iraq Study Group explore these striking similarities and educate Americans about democratic principals about Islam.

President: Islam has been hijacked. I'll pass on your comments to James Baker. You said something interesting. You said that people view America as imposing its beliefs. I harken back to what I said earlier.


16 posted on 04/10/2006 8:25:03 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach; Mo1

You're GOOD.
REALLY GOOD.

Mo, just read all of Peach's posts.


17 posted on 04/10/2006 8:25:56 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Peach
Damn Peach!

You are getting close to real-time with your updates.

Are you using synthetic oil on your keyboard, dear?

We need to keep your system running clean and smooth!
18 posted on 04/10/2006 8:26:41 AM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache, so if mere words can anger you, it means you can be controlled with little effort.)
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To: Peach

when was islam not hijacked?


19 posted on 04/10/2006 8:26:41 AM PDT by Battle Hymn of the Republic
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To: Peach
President: The issue on most American's minds is the issue of China

If GW thinks that, he's waaaay out of touch.

20 posted on 04/10/2006 8:26:41 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Peach

Islam and Democracy are two contradictory terms.


21 posted on 04/10/2006 8:27:00 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Peach

President: It's in our interests to see a two state solution between Palestinians and Israelis. Elections are the beginning of the process and the election of Hamas was very instructive. It was the final culmination of the Arafat era and we don't want corruption. They want health care and better attention to the interests of their people. A government that has announced they want to destroy Israel....

Democracy will eventually allow them to live side by side in peace.

We're going to succeed in Iraq, if we don't loose our nerve, will send a powerful signal. Imagine the signal it will send to Iran. I believe the women's movement will be the defining moment in changing the middle east. There is a universal desire to be treated fairly.

Kuwaiti women are running for office. We have to be realistic about what's possible but firm in our belief that freedom is possible and necessary. Otherwise a system that says tolerate the tyrants didn't work and was a lesson of the attack on the US.

The world seemed okay, but beneath the surface there was tremendous resentment.


22 posted on 04/10/2006 8:27:56 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

Islam was the first democracy in the world? first of all it wasn't a democracy, secondly the Greeks had democracy way before that.


23 posted on 04/10/2006 8:28:09 AM PDT by Battleofbritain
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To: Puppage

Well, as far as that region goes, he's right. Nobody is worried about the Japanese. Korea is kinda on the back burner for the time being as well. China is always a worry.


24 posted on 04/10/2006 8:28:26 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Battleofbritain

Very true. The Athenians would be surprised by Muhammad's invention.


25 posted on 04/10/2006 8:29:00 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Pukin Dog
Damn Peach! You are getting close to real-time with your updates. Are you using synthetic oil on your keyboard, dear? We need to keep your system running clean and smooth!

Are you using a speech recognition system on your PC?

26 posted on 04/10/2006 8:29:00 AM PDT by p23185 (Being trashed by the Stone Age Press should be worn as a badge of honor by Repubs and Conservatives)
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To: Pukin Dog

LOL -- leave her alone! ;0
Never interrupt a genius at work.


27 posted on 04/10/2006 8:30:01 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Peach

Someone ask the POTUS why he thinks that the North American Union is a)Constitutional and b)good for America.

Oh, yeah - this is the CFR Administration.


28 posted on 04/10/2006 8:31:03 AM PDT by samcgwire (Hey, I VOTED for President "Better than Kerry"!)
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To: Puppage

In context to the question asked, he's probably right.


29 posted on 04/10/2006 8:31:10 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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To: Blogger
Well, as far as that region goes, he's right.

Is that what he was referring to...the region? Then, I misunderstood. I thought he meant as in all issues..ie borders, immigration, etc.

Thanks for clarifying that for me.

30 posted on 04/10/2006 8:31:29 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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Question: You've alluded to tesnsion beneath the surface in countries. You haven't spoken about economic development this morning; where does it lie on your priority list. Also, countries that haven't gotten everything right regarding political stability. Keeping development funds from those countries - is it counter-productive. If you can help, maybe the tensions will be eased.

President: Good question. Talked with ? re the WTO because trade helps lift people out of poverty. Relationship between development aid and capital and how a society benefits more because of trade. Free trade agreement with Africa. Pres. Clinton signed it and I was happy to extend it. NO question the economy is important. Jim Woolfson went over with a plan to help Paleastinians with their economic development. It's an integral part of our policy.

We give lots of aid to countries that like us and those that don't like us. I have added on to the development for the millenium development account. Depends on the behavior of government. We should insist goverments fight corruption. A challenge of the account is if they don't fight corruption, they don't get $$.

CNN opts out; no one is carrying it currently.


31 posted on 04/10/2006 8:32:13 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Frank_Discussion

Understood


32 posted on 04/10/2006 8:32:16 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage
If GW thinks that, he's waaaay out of touch.

If you think otherwise, you're waaay out of touch. Folks are more concerned about trade deficits and outsourcing than they are about illegal immigrants. That might be changing slowly, but the main concern is with China -- and rightly so.

33 posted on 04/10/2006 8:32:30 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: Puppage

GMTA!


34 posted on 04/10/2006 8:32:30 AM PDT by Frank_Discussion (May the wings of Liberty never lose a feather!)
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Elections are the beginning of the process and the election of Hamas was very instructive. It was the final culmination of the Arafat era and we don't want corruption. They want health care and better attention to the interests of their people. A government that has announced they want to destroy Israel .... Democracy will eventually allow them to live side by side in peace.

Incongruent idiocy. Why we will fail in our purported Mideast aims.

35 posted on 04/10/2006 8:32:45 AM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: Peach
Q: "Mr President, have you any comment on the illegal immigration marches taking place nationwide?"

President: "Yes, but first, have I mentioned recently how an ugly warthog in a dress is more appealing to men than Helen Thomas is on a good day?"

36 posted on 04/10/2006 8:33:11 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Peach

"The issue on most American's minds is the issue of China."

What? We surrendered to Chinese Communism years ago.

How about the Mexican invasion of America? How about terrorists crossing our borders? How about knowing who and what is coming into our ports? How about merging America, Canada and Mexcico into a new State?


37 posted on 04/10/2006 8:33:47 AM PDT by samcgwire (Hey, I VOTED for President "Better than Kerry"!)
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To: Peach

I work on my typing skills playing Typer Shark Deluxe.


38 posted on 04/10/2006 8:33:53 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

WOW!!!
Awesome you, Peach!


39 posted on 04/10/2006 8:34:16 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: Pukin Dog

ROFL


40 posted on 04/10/2006 8:34:23 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Sabramerican

It's not a proud moment in Republican history.


41 posted on 04/10/2006 8:34:52 AM PDT by samcgwire (Hey, I VOTED for President "Better than Kerry"!)
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To: Politicalities
FYI this doesn't seem to be a "press conference" per se; the President is taking questions from what appears to be an audience of students.

I thought something wasn't right about this - none of the hectoring and badgering and repeat after repeat of the same questions about Valerie Plame and why are you going to nuke Iran?

Pretty sad when you realize a group of students asks better questions and behaves itself better than the MSM.

42 posted on 04/10/2006 8:35:10 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC
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To: r9etb
If you think otherwise, you're waaay out of touch

Gee, is that why there's so many more china and trade deficit threads on FR?

43 posted on 04/10/2006 8:35:14 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Puppage

I think the president said one of the issues on American's minds...don't take my quick notes too literally for every single word the president said.


44 posted on 04/10/2006 8:35:21 AM PDT by Peach
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Gee, is that why there's so many more china and trade deficit threads on FR?

If you think FR postings are indicative of the mood of the country at large, you're even more out of touch than I thought.

45 posted on 04/10/2006 8:36:30 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: onyx

You're welcome. FNC reported it would be a 2+ hour Q&A event; too bad everyone opted out so quickly.


46 posted on 04/10/2006 8:36:58 AM PDT by Peach
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To: Battle Hymn of the Republic

"Islam" is exactly what mohammed modeled when he ran the Cult himself.


47 posted on 04/10/2006 8:37:37 AM PDT by samcgwire (Hey, I VOTED for President "Better than Kerry"!)
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To: r9etb

"Folks are more concerned about trade deficits and outsourcing than they are about illegal immigrants."

Then Folks are stupid.


48 posted on 04/10/2006 8:37:51 AM PDT by L98Fiero (I'm worth a million in prizes.)
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To: Peach


I want to see the entire 2 hours --- maybe C-SPAN this evening.


49 posted on 04/10/2006 8:37:56 AM PDT by onyx (It's easier to indict a ham sandwich or Tom DeLay than it is to indict a Democrat.)
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To: onyx

Maybe. Much better questions asked by students than Old Media.

later....


50 posted on 04/10/2006 8:38:52 AM PDT by Peach
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