The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
Bush Press Conference Tonight at 8:30
I've put a lot of anti-Bush material on this site in the past few days, such that it often feels like, to me, more of the same left-wing echo chamber that is much of the blogosphere. In the interest of having a more well-rounded site, and with huge thanks to Cozmo, we're going to post on a wide variety of topics. But, given this is only the 3rd time in his presidency that Bush has held a nationally televised, prime-time press conference, I can't resist.
Things I'll be looking for:
- How the reporters in attendance present their questions and if they are persistent on any answers that are incomplete or evasive. The Administration has taken alot of heat in recent weeks, it will be interesting to see if the press shows the same tenacity in person that they do from afar.
- An explanation of how and to whom we turn over power in Iraq by June 30th. So far, planning and execution in the post-conflct period have been horrendous, they've got to start getting things right
- Any clues on increased troop commitments or (shock horror!) a draft
- Political posturing of any kind. Bush's poll numbers and support for his handling of Iraq are in free-fall and damage control was no doubt the motivation for this press conference. My interest will be in if he gets off the topics at issue in order to score political points (see also: gay marriage, steroids in baseball, Mars missions).
My TiVo fingers are streched and ready, I'll be back with a recap of my thoughts.