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Hume: Bush Had a 'Good Afternoon' on Thursday

Reported by Judy - March 10, 2006

George Bush see his own party in revolt against him, has approval ratings mired in the 30s, and is facing growing anger from fiscal conservatives over his huge budget deficits. Yet Brit Hume introduces a report on all those troubles by saying, "It's safe to say the president had a good afternoon."

"Safe" in the sense that Dick Cheney wasn't pointing a shot gun in Hume's direction after chugging beer for lunch. But not "safe" in the sense of being accurate. But since this is Fox News and "Special Report with Brit Hume," maybe that's too much to ask.

Hume, on Thursday (March 9, 2006), followed a report on the collapse of the Dubai Ports World deal with a report about Bush signing the Patriot Act renewal from Wendell Goler, Fox News' White House correspondent, which Hume introduced with his "the president had a good afternoon" remark.

Besides reporting on the signing of the amended Patriot Act, Goler included a comment from Rep. Peter King, R-New York, saying the split between Republicans in Congress and the White House over DPW was healed. He also interviewed David Boaz from Cato about Republican congressional candidates being worried about the midterm elections.

"Republicans no longer feel that they all have to march in lockstep behind the president," he said. Furthermore, Boaz said, "Over the next three months, if things do not improve in Iraq, you're going to start to see Republicans asking the question, 'Where's our exit plan?'"

Goler also noted that some Congressional Republicans are pushing for budget cuts that will allow for a balanced budget much faster than Bush's own spending plans. Meanwhile, other Republicans are complaining about the cuts in Medicare and other social programs that Bush wants to cut. And, he noted that Republicans who might want to run for president in 2008, like Sen. John McCain of Arizona, are increasingly independent and have pushed George Bush to accept a ban on torture that he did not want.

So all this adds up for "good afternoon" for George Bush?

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