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Bush Press Conference

I’m sure there are a lot of different opinions on Bush’s April 13 press conference, so I’ll throw my impressions out first.

Bush seemed to be very well prepared, and I think he’s a better speaker than he was in 2000. This could be bad news for Kerry, since Bush won that time (or at least got the tiebreaker).

His insistence on getting back to his talking points on most questions was annoying, but expected from a modern politician.

I don't think there was any new information tonight, but it was good to see him take tougher questions (not all of them) than at the press conference directly preceeding the war.

Even though he was well prepared, he had a significant problem with a question for which he hadn't practiced. Paraphrasing, it was "What's your biggest mistake since 9/11." He fumbled around a lot, even expressing a desire to have had the question provided in writing in advance, but eventually he got back to his talking points without every specifying a mistake.

Also, I was disgusted with his answer to the question about his insistance on testifying jointly with VP Cheney. He was obviously unhappy with the question, so he completely avoided the question in under a minute. I think the question was valid, but I guess he just didn't want anyone to think about it too much.

Overall, a good performance, but I don't think it'll change anyone's minds.

Posted by LawnBoy at April 13, 2004 9:48 PM