Tuesday, April 13, 2004


Though the text does not do the exchange justice, here's an excerpt from the text of Bush's Tuesday night news conference:

BUSH: Let's see here, hold on. Michael?
QUESTION: Mr. President, why are you and the vice president insisting on appearing together before the 9-11 commission? And, Mr. President, who will we be handing the Iraqi government over to on June 30th?
BUSH: We'll find that out soon. That's what Mr. Brahimi is doing. He's figuring out the nature of the entity we'll be handing sovereignty over.
And, secondly, because the 9-11 commission wants to ask us questions, that's why we're meeting. And I look forward to meeting with them and answering their questions.
QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) I was asking why you're appearing together, rather than separately, which was their request.
BUSH: Because it's a good chance for both of us to answer questions that the 9-11 commission is looking forward to asking us. And I'm looking forward to answering them.
Let's see. Hold on for a minute. Let's see. Oh, Jim.
ANOTHER REPORTER (Jim): Thank you, Mr. President.
BUSH: I've got some must-calls. I'm sorry....
He may as well have said, "I am choosing to evade your question" or "Who the hell let you in here?"

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