Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Today's Pres Press Briefing

Was quite long, I lucked out in hearing the whole thing, and of course there are several things I could comment on, but equally of course I was in bed just waking up and didn't take notes. (That habit probably needs to change.)

One thing I did note was when Bush was asked about his declaration earlier this year from the USS Lincoln that "major combat operations" were over, he said it was the crew of the Lincoln who were responsible for the "Mission Accomplished" banner. Isn't that interesting? It implies that the crew felt the US's mission was accomplished, not that the White House was asserting that in any way, oh, my, although until today that is exactly what the White House has implied.

Also noted more interesting language: the consistent use of "gathering danger" (imminent threat without the words "imminent threat") and the phrase "Iraq is a dangerous place", which came out of the President's mouth at least 4 times, in the text of the the speech and during Q&A.

UPDATE: You can read the full transcript (including Q&A) here.

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