In this White House pool report, the President does the time warp again:
Not noted in your transcript: He almost said “On Sept. 11th . . . ” before catching himself and saying, “On December the 7th 1941 . . . ”
You know how it is: You get a jingoism stuck in your head…
Full report after the jump.
From: White House Press Releases
Date: Dec 7, 2005 1:38 PM
Subject: POOL REPORT #1, 12/7/05
Pool Report #1
Dec. 7, 2005
President Bush gave a speech on Iraq before the Council on Foreign Relations. The event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel was open press and you have a transcript. The motorcade left the White House at 10:30 a.m. with Karl Rove in the president’s car. By 10:45 Bush had been introduced by the council’s president, Richard N. Haass. Bush began the formal part of the speech by saying, “Today we mark the anniversary of a fateful day in American history.” Not noted in your transcript: He almost said “On Sept. 11th . . . ” before catching himself and saying, “On December the 7th 1941 . . . ” There was polite applause once when Bush said, “And now the terrorists think they can make America run in Iraq, and that is not going to happen so long as I’m the Commander-in-Chief.” He shook a few hands after the speech with audience members seated along the stage. One woman leaned over to say something to Bush – which could not be heard by your pool – and he replied, “Proud to be here.” The speech was over by 11:20 and the president was walking back into the Oval Office by 11:30.
Delia M. Rios
Newhouse News Service