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Bush to White House Press Corps: Read This Book!

Reported by Marie Therese - January 23, 2005

In a short segment on Inauguration Day on Big Story with John Gibson, FOX News correspondent, James Rosen, waxed eloquent about the President's inaugural speech. During his report, he made casual reference to a recent book that the President strongly recommended to the members of the White House Press Corps. Clearly, Mr. Rosen - eager-beaver reporter that he is - took the hint and read the book, as witnessed by the following plug he gave it last Thursday.

ROSEN: "I think the themes that we heard of spreading liberty, spreading democracy and doing what we can to tear down countries that don't respect those freedoms stems from President Bush's recent reading of the book "The Case for Democracy" by Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident, who then became a high-ranking official in Israel In that book, Natan Sharansky says that everyone who holds a rifle for a long period of time, their arms start to tire, and what is important is that the democratic countries like the United States do nothing to support those arms. I know that message has resonated with President Bush and he calls that book required reading for every member of the White House Press Corps."

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I certainly hope Mr. Sharansky's literary agent sent a big bouquet of flowers and a box of expensive cigars to the President and to Mr. Rosen to thank them for plugging Mr. Sharansky's book on national cable TV. How fortuitious for the author, his agent and his publisher! And what a windfall for sales!

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