April 13, 2004

Press conference...

Just a thought on the President's press conference. To answer Jay Rosen's question, I think the press conference was a smart move. He handled himself well before a hostile audience.

And millions of ordinary Americans listening will say, "the press is not on our side." Every question was intended to badger the President into admitting mistakes, or apologizing. Or to highlight anything negative. Those reporters are indistinguishable from Democrat politicians. (Which is not too surprising, 90% of them are Democrats.) Every question was intended to make the President look bad.

They have no flavor of optimism or hope, or of courage in the face of danger. They share no dreams of making the world a better place. And I bet they don't get a lump in the throat when they hear the Star Spangled Banner. (I'd prefer to be wrong in all this, but that's my take.)

That press conference was the campaign in miniature. And I think the Republicans are going to win in a landslide.

And i have no idea whether or not the President feels like he has made mistakes. But he is absolutely correct to refuse the demand to admit mistakes. The people asking have no interest in "forgive and forget." They are probing for weaknesses, and will exploit them relentlessly.

Posted by John Weidner at April 13, 2004 6:57 PM
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