Thursday, June 17, 2004

More promises broken 

From The Daily Kos:

What happened to Bush's "series of speeches"?

by kos
Thu Jun 17th, 2004 at 17:57:04 EDT

This is what they said back on May 21:

President Bush will deliver an "important speech" about the transfer of political power in Iraq on Monday night, a White House spokesman said Friday.

Bush's address, to be delivered at 8 p.m. at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will be the first in a series of prime-time speeches intended to lay out the way forward in Iraq, according to White House officials.

So, uh, what happened?

Was that promise a lie, or just a run-of-the-mill Bush flip-flop?

Update: An even better quote:

Beginning with Monday's address at the Army War College, Bush will give a major speech on Iraq every week through June 30, when the U.S.-led coalition is due to turn over limited authority to a new interim Iraqi government. "We're entering a critical phase, and the president will be speaking out each week to discuss with the American people, and the world, the way forward in Iraq," said a White House official.

"Some speeches will have more details than others, and will be given at different places and times. All have the important goal of explaining the essential tasks at hand and the significance of June 30," the official added.

(Thanks to mitch2k2 in the comments.)

I know what happened. The first speech flopped so badly, it came in FOURTH in the prime-time ratings. And the Bush administration SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED the networks NOT cover the speech--an unheard-of situation, in my memory.

Completely bizarre, but somehow perfect in these crazy times we're living in...


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