“Clearly, putting a ‘Mission Accomplished’ [banner] on an aircraft carrier was a mistake,” Bush said about how his administration handled the fall of Baghdad to U.S. troops. “It sent the wrong message.”
He termed other aspects of the U.S. invasion of Iraq “disappointments,” including the failure to find weapons of mass destruction and the treatment of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison.
“I don’t know if you want to call those mistakes or not, but they were — things didn’t go according to plan, let’s put it that way,” Bush said.
“I inherited a recession, I’m ending on a recession. In the meantime, there were 52 months of uninterrupted job growth,” he said.
(about Hurricane Katrina- which took place while he was on vacation )
“Don’t tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed,”
“Could things have been done better? Absolutely. Absolutely. But when I hear people say the federal response was slow, then what are they going to say to those chopper drivers or the 30,000 that got pulled off the roofs?” he asked.
“In terms of the decisions that I had made to protect the homeland, I wouldn’t worry about popularity. What I would worry about is the Constitution of the United States and putting plans in place that make it easier to find out what the enemy is thinking,” he said.
“My view is that most people around the world, they respect America. And some of them don’t like me — I understand that — some of the writers and the, you know, opiners and all that. That’s fine. That’s part of the deal. But I’m more concerned about the country and — and how people view the United States of America. They view us as strong, compassionate people who care deeply about the universality of freedom.”
I’m thinking that Bush should have kept quiet this time.
We have pretty much moved on with the Hopes and inspirations from the incoming administration. Why remind us?
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