From this moring’s presser.
Comments Didn’t Count When He Said Them At The Time
My comments yesterday reflected the fact that we’re not succeeding nearly as fast as I wanted when I said it at the time, and that conditions are tough in Iraq, particularly in Baghdad.
If Elections Could Speak
I thought the election said they want to see more bipartisan cooperation; they want to see us working together to achieve common objectives.
More Opening Up Markets, Dammit
And it’s in our interest that administrations continue to promote more opening up markets.
Have You Read The Foreign Minister Today?
I heard the Foreign Minister — I read the Foreign Minister say the other day that, yes, we’ll sit down with America, after they leave Iraq.
Not Counted Among The Majority of Thinkers
This is a proud nation with a fantastic history and tradition. And yet they’ve got a leader who constantly sends messages to the world that Iran is out of step with the majority of thinkers, that Iran is willing to become isolated — to the detriment of the people.
Say Things That Really Hurts
And all that said to me was, is that the leader in Iran is willing to say things that really hurts his country and further isolates the Iranian people.
Lebanon the Democrat
We’ve talked to them about — they’ve got to leave the democrat Lebanon alone.
Have I Mentioned Drain Bammage Today?
It’s important for us because, in order to enforce our border, in order for those Border Patrol agents who we’ve increased down there and given them more equipment and better border security, they’ve got to have help and a plan that says, if you’re coming into America to do a job, you can come legally for a temporary basis to do so.
In other words, it is a system that is all aimed to bypass no matter what measures we take to protect this country. It is a system that, frankly, leads to inhumane treatment of people. And therefore, the best way to deal with an issue that Americans agree on — that is, that we ought to enforce our borders in a humane way — is we’ve got to have a comprehensive bill.
Your President Speaks Bonus: Spot the Wingnut
Q Thank you, Mr. President. Merry Christmas.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.
Q Yes. I’ve just two questions related to the amazing fact that a quarter of your presidency lies ahead.First, I keep reading that you’ll be remembered only for Iraq, and I wonder what other areas you believe you’re building a record of transformation you hope will last the ages. And second, a follow-up on Julie’s question, what is your plan for either changing your role, or keeping control of the agenda, at a time when Democrats have both houses on the Hill, and when the ’08 candidates are doing their thing?