And even in yesterday’s nearly hour-long session with more than a dozen reporters, Bush ducked the regret question the first time around.
Chris Mondics of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that when first asked, Bush replied:
“Biggest regret, first term, hmm, let’s see,” he said. “What was the other ? Have I changed? Well you better ask my wife that question. They say my hair is grayer. But I come from a pretty white-haired gene pool. At least half of it is. And I’ll get back to you on the regret. I am not a regretful person. I am a look-forward, get-things-done type of person.”
Bill Adair writes in the St. Petersburg Times: “At the conclusion of the 50-minute interview, a reporter returned to the ‘biggest regret’ question. Had he thought of one?
” ‘Yeah,’ he shot back, ‘that the tax cuts aren’t permanent.’
“He paused and said he wanted to give a different answer.”
That’s when he talked about “bring ’em on” and “dead or alive.”