Friday, October 21, 2005

Bush in Rummy mode

Here's an excerpt of what Bush at his press conference with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas in the Rose Garden, in response to reporters' queries on Harriet Miers.
...the questionnaire that she filled out is an important
questionnaire, and obviously they will address the questions that the senators have in the questionnaire -- or as a result of the answers to the questions in the questionnaire.

Sounds a bit like a certain Defense secretary? I don't know if he intended it, but towards the end, he certainly was grinning! Of course, he's got a long way to go before he can reproduce Rumsfeld's gems ... here's one of his classics, at a Pentagon briefing on February 12, 2002 (read it aloud, and only once to get the right effect!)

Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns - - the ones we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.

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