The “Training Wheels” Anniversary

May 19, 2004:

President Bush sought to rally Republican lawmakers around his Iraq plan Thursday, saying Iraqis are ready to “take the training wheels off” by assuming some political power.


The presidential pep rally of sorts came as a small but growing number of Republicans are expressing doubts about the policy in Iraq, reports CBS News Correspondent Bob Fuss.

“This has been a rough couple of months for the president, particularly on the issues of Iraq, and I think he was here to remind folks that we do have a policy and this policy is going to be tough,” said Sen. Rick Santorum. “Things, as I think he commented, are very likely to get worse before they get better.”


“He talked about ‘time to take the training wheels off,'” said Rep. Deborah Pryce. “The Iraqi people have been in training, and now it’s time for them to take the bike and go forward.”

Three years is a long time to be using training wheels.