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Couldn't Have Said It Any Better Himself

"The terrorist who takes hostages or plants a roadside bomb near Baghdad is serving the same ideology of murder that kills innocent people on trains in Madrid . . . and in the merciless horror inflicted upon thousands of innocent men and women and children on September the 11th, 2001." -- Bush

"Schools and hospitals are being rebuilt, the clinics are open and reopened. There are now over 6 million children at school, many of them attending one of the 2,500 schools that have been renovated since liberation. Last week we completed a national polio vaccination campaign, reaching over 90 percent of all Iraqi children." -- Allawi

Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and President Bush head to the Rose Garden for a news conference. Much of what Allawi said in his speech to a joint meeting of Congress sounded strangely familiar. (Susan Biddle -- The Washington Post)

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"Our coalition has rehabilitated nearly 2,500 schools, and over 1,200 more should be completed by the end of the year. All of Iraq's hospitals and most medical clinics are open and are serving the people. Since the liberation, the vast majority of Iraqi children under 5 years old have been vaccinated for polio." -- Bush

"Do not let them convince others that the values of freedom, of tolerance and democracy are for you and the West but not for us." -- Allawi

"There's a lot of people in the world who don't believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject that." -- Bush

"Thank you, America." -- Allawi

"You need to thank the American people, that's who you need to thank." -- Bush

Presidential Endorsement Insufficient

President Bush's coattails evidently do not extend to Wheelersburg High School in southwestern Ohio. On Sept. 10, Bush visited the area for a rally and took a question from 14-year-old Dillon MacDonald. "I'm running for student president of my freshman class, and I was wondering if I could have your support," Dillon said to laughter from the crowd.

"Man, you're heading in the right direction," Bush replied. "I assure you, when I was 14, I couldn't have stood up in front of all these cameras. Yes, you can have my support." Bush promised he'd be "watching the [Wheelersburg] election like a hawk."

Alas, the endorsement proved insufficient: Days later, Dillon lost the class election to a girl in a three-person race. "It didn't quite put him over the hump," Principal Mark Knapp said of the presidential assist.

Is this a bad sign for Bush in the crucial state of Ohio? "I would hesitate to make any kind of prediction," Knapp said.

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