Most Defensive Press Conference Ever
Listening to it on the radio, I'm struck by the sheer, petulant defensiveness of Bush's tone. He really sounds on edge, as well he should be. And while it's not approaching the sentimental narcissistic voice breaks of Nixon's last press conferences (including the one before his first
political death), there's no mistaking the sound of an obstinate president who knows his back is against the wall, and that's what this is. Snippy, angry as hell. Bitter, too. As a bitter person myself, partly because
of him, I know the sound.
If I were him, in this position, I'd sound the same. And during his opening speech, he sounded positively unhinged at times. He is definitely not a happy man, no matter how much he's smiling for the cameras. The voice reveals it all. And he keeps asking people to think about the "tough jobs" everyone has to do regarding Iraq, which is his own veiled call for pity.
Which doesn't excuse that he's put himself in this position. And Dave Gregory of NBC got the first question in and delivered it right to his stomach. I'll have a link to it once I can find one, but it was a brutal truth brutally delivered.Update: Here it is.
In the past, Democrats and other critics of the war who talked about benchmarks and timetables were labeled as defeatists, defeatocrats or people who wanted to cut and run. So why shouldn’t American people conclude that this is nothing from you other than semantic, rhetorical games and all politics two weeks before an election?”
- David Gregory at today’s press conference.