April 29, 2004


9/11 panel interviews Bush, Cheney (Associated Press, April 29, 2004)

President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney spent more than three hours behind closed doors Thursday with the Sept. 11 commission charged with finding ways to prevent a repeat of the worst terrorist attack in American history. ``I answered every question they asked,'' Bush said.

Bush declined to disclose details of the Oval Office discussion, saying the commissioners would incorporate his and Cheney's comments in their final report, set for release about three months before the November election.

But the president, who described the meeting as "very cordial,'' said the commissioners were ``very interested in the recommendations that they're going to lay out, and I'm interested in those as well.''

If he weren't a moron that phrasing would seem an exquisite barb.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 29, 2004 3:27 PM

Remember, that moron is also the Evil Genius Mastermind of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy with Operatives under every bed...

Posted by: Ken at April 30, 2004 12:32 PM

It will be interesting to see if the major media report that Lee Hamilton and Bob Kerrey both walked out halfway through Bush's questioning (Hamilton to give an introduction for the Canadian PM and Kerrey to lobby Pete Domenici). The Commission is now beyond irrelevance, and Bush knows it.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 30, 2004 12:32 PM

Jim -

Nothing about it in USA Today or the WSJ.

Posted by: ratbert at April 30, 2004 2:49 PM

I thought Bob Kerrey had to make another appearance on Comedy Central's Daily Show. Shesh.

Posted by: pchuck at April 30, 2004 3:03 PM

In the interest of fairness, Wolf Blitzer grilled Kerrey about this on his show this afternoon. I didn't hear all of it (was feeding the kids their dinner), but Wolf did ask him why Domenici couldn't have re-scheduled, given the importance of the interview. Kerrey said he left right before the end, but was not specific. He also said they learned some new things; so did we.

Posted by: jim hamlen at April 30, 2004 9:59 PM