Bush Is Stumped on Question of Mistakes
The Honolulu Advertiser
Bush was asked in his prime-time news conference if he had made any mistakes. "I'm sure something will pop into my head here," he said Tuesday. It didn't. "Maybe I'm not as quick on my feet as I should be in coming up with one."
Bush acknowledged the difficulties of recent weeks in Iraq, the horrible scenes of bodies on television and the sense that the war has dragged on for a long time. He did not directly answer the question, saying only that if he'd had an inkling about what was to happen, he would have done anything to head it off. But there was to be no apology for what the government did and did not do in the months before the terrorist attacks, when the air was thick with signs of trouble.
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry apparently found Bush's attitude off-putting. "The president may refuse to acknowledge a single mistake in the course of his presidency," he said, "but with deaths mounting and American sacrifice increasing, it's time he offered a specific plan that secures real international involvement, gets the target off the backs of our troops and starts to share the burden in Iraq."