I suppose now he thinks he’s entitled to take the rest of the month off.
He’s a company man.
Q Thank you. Mr. President, what do you make of the warning sounded yesterday by Tommy Thompson that the American food supply may be at risk to terrorist attack?
PRESIDENT BUSH: Tommy was commenting on the fact that we’re a large company — country, with all kinds of avenues where somebody can inflict harm. And we’re doing everything we can to protect the American people. I picked a good man to head the Homeland Security Department in Bernie Kerik. I hope the Senate confirms him quickly so he can get to work. There’s a lot of work to be done. We’ve made a lot of progress in protecting our country, and there’s more work to be done. And this administration is committed to doing it.
Wow, that was downright Ridgean:
In an e-mail circulated to senior Homeland Security officials, Ridge praised the department as “an extraordinary organization that each day contributes to keeping America safe and free.” He also said he was privileged to work with the department’s 180,000 employees “who go to work every day dedicated to making our company better and more secure.”
Would they be any braver if they suffered 1,273?
Q Thank you, sir. You’ve talked repeatedly about how pleased you’ve been with President Musharraf’s cooperation in the arrest of al Qaeda suspects. But are you not disappointed that his army has somewhat downgraded the search for Osama bin Laden?
PRESIDENT BUSH: Quite the contrary. His army has been incredibly active and very brave in southern Waziristan, flushing out an enemy that had thought they had found safe haven. His army has suffered casualty, and for that, we want to thank their loved ones for the sacrifice that their family has made.
Return of the strawman.
One of the interesting lessons that the world can look at is Pakistan. You see, there are some in the world who do not believe that a Muslim society can self-govern. Some believe that the only solution for government in parts of the world is for there to be tyranny or despotism. I don’t believe that. The Pakistan people have proven that those cynics are wrong.