December 15, 2003


President Bush Holds Press Conference (Press Conference of the President, Room 450, Eisenhower Executive Office Building)

I believe, firmly believe -- and you've heard me say this a lot -- and I say it a lot because I truly believe it -- that freedom is the almighty God's gift to every person, every man and woman who lives in this world. That's what I believe. And the arrest of Saddam Hussein changed the equation in Iraq. Justice was being delivered to a man who defied that gift from the Almighty to the people of Iraq.

The whole conference was pretty amusing--very reminiscent of the one after the 2002 mid-term, when he was likewise coming off a huge personal vindication--with the President relaxed, tossing nicknames, chiding questioners, etc. It was one of those deals where if you hate him he seemed a stumblebum--if you like him he seemed a man sublimely comfortable with himself and the hand fate has dealt.

The most interesting moment came with the answer above, which should lay to rest any doubt that this war is a Crusade. The President expressed, with only sleight hesitation, the idea that America punished Saddam Hussein for violating God's laws. The Buchananeers, libertarians, and the Left will surely get the vapors over that one.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 15, 2003 4:12 PM

My wife had "60 Minutes" on last night, and somebody (Sawyer?) was interviewing Rumsfeld. She asked him whether the U.S. would torture Saddam if he didn't talk.

I was greatly disappointed that he didn't hang up (it was a video interview) or tell her she was a stupid bitch.


Posted by: Harry Eagar at December 15, 2003 4:56 PM

Didn't see it, but it had to be Lesley Stahl, who is even dumber than Diane Sawyer.

I did see clips of Sawyer interviewing Saddam back in 1990 - he was trying not to look too closely at her. And she probably thought was turning his ear because he didn't hear her supremely wise questions.

No journalist today would ever say what Lady Astor did to Stalin in the mid 30s: "When are you going to stop killing people?"

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 15, 2003 5:21 PM
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