Bush's Shifting Speech

Thursday, November 9, 2006

Some of President Bush's comments in his news conference yesterday were in stark contrast to statements he made during midterm campaigns.

On Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld

"I have asked him to fight two fronts in the war on terror in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as transform our military. . . . I'm pleased with the progress we're making. . . . I do" see him staying until the end of the president's term.

-- Nov. 1

"[A]fter a series of thoughtful conversations, Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon. . . . I had been talking with Don Rumsfeld over a period of time about fresh perspective. He likes to call it 'fresh eyes.' He, himself, understands that Iraq is not working well enough, fast enough."

-- Nov. 8

On Democrats

"If you listen closely to some of the leaders of the Democrat Party, it sounds like -- it sounds like they think the best way to protect the American people is, wait until we're attacked again."

-- Oct. 2

"[H]owever they put it, their approach comes down to this: The terrorists win, and America loses."

-- Oct. 30

"I truly believe that Congresswoman Pelosi and Harry Reid care just about as much -- they care about the security of this country, like I do. . . . I thought when it was all said and done, the American people would understand the importance of taxes and the importance of security. But the people have spoken, and now it's time for us to move on."

-- Nov. 8

-- From Staff Reports and News Services

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