washingtonpost.com
Page 5 of 5  < Back  

Transcript: Bush in Crawford, Tex.

That’s what I’m interested in. I’m interested in how to get the best intelligence to my desk so I can be a good decision maker on behalf of the people of this country. And intelligence is a vital part of winning this war against these terrorists.

BUSH: We’ve got to know who they are, what they’re thinking, where they are. And so, that’s how we’re approaching this issue.

spacer
2004 Campaign
___ Compare Bush and Kerry ___
spacer
Bush and Kerry Candidate Positions
A side-by-side comparison of the stands taken by President Bush and Sen. John F. Kerry.

___ More Election Coverage ___
spacer
Electoral College Map: Post analysis, polls and recent voting history from 16 swing states.
spacer
Live Discussions: Q&A With Post Reporters, Newsmakers and Pundits
spacer
News From the Trail: Updates and Analysis on Presidential, Senate and House Races



_____Free E-mail Newsletters_____
• News Headlines
• News Alert

Now, listen, I’ve called for a national intelligence director, because I think it’s an important part of coordinating activities to make sure the analysis of information is as good as it can possibly be.

I am not, for anything, standing in between me and my line operators like the secretary of defense. In other words, once intelligence is in place and once we come up with a decision as to how to act, I want to make sure the person responsible for the actions has a direct report to me.

And so, we’re looking at all options, including the budget option -- all aimed at making sure that me and future presidents have got the best information possible.

Senator Roberts is a good, thoughtful guy who came up with an idea and we’ll look at it. We’ll take a look at it and determine whether or not it works or not.

But there is going to be a lot of other ideas too as this debate goes forward.

Listen, thank you all.

QUESTION: You’re not going to Athens this week, are you?

BUSH: Athens, Texas?

(LAUGHTER)

QUESTION: The Olympics in Greece.

BUSH: Oh, the Olympics. No, I’m not.

QUESTION: Have you been watching?

BUSH: Yes. It’s been exciting.

QUESTION: Did a particular moment stand out?

BUSH: A particular moment?

I liked the -- let’s see -- Iraqi soccer. I liked seeing the Afghan woman carrying the flag coming in.

I loved our gymnasts. I have been watching the swimming. I have seen a lot.

Listen, thank you all. Enjoy yourself.

END


< Back  1 2 3 4 5

© 2004 FDCH E-Media