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Bush's Foot in Mouth

Reported by Judy - August 31, 2004 -

Trying to explain what George Bush means in his public statements cometimes can be so difficult that it takes more than one person to carry it out. Too bad they don't all offer the same interpretation.

Fox News Live today (August 31) interviewed two Republicans about what George Bush meant yesterday when he said in an NBC interview that he did not know if the U.S. could ever win the war on terrorism.

White House Correspondent Wendell Goler offered Laura Bush's interpretation, summarizing a Fox News interview with her in which she discussed her speech to the convention tonight. Besides describing what a great guy Bush is, Goler said, "She'll also try to repair some of the damage from the president's comment ... What the president was meant was that the terrorists may actually never surrender" and that we are actually winning the war on terror.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said, "What he meant was when we finish the civilization of Iraq and Afghanistan and we have wiped out the terrorists on their turf, there's going to be another 50 years to transform the children who have been taught in school to blow up other people is a good thing. ... We are going to have to have a cold war ... to educate the people in the Middle East that life is good."

Jon Scott let pass several opportunities to ask other Republicans he interviewed about the president's remarks, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, GOP strategist Rich Galen, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, Bush's sister Doro Koch, and actor Steve Baldwin.

This morning ABC News quoted Bush spokesman Scott McClellan as saying Bush does believe that the U.S. can win the war on terror.

Would that be a flip-flop, in less than 24 hours? And will the "liberal media" point it out as such? Don't hold your breath.