George Bush Goes Off Message

Dan Froomkin from the Washington Post is bemused at how George W. Bush rewrites history. Does he really think now that he didn't oppose the 9/11 Commi

Dan Froomkin from the Washington Post is bemused at how George W. Bush rewrites history. Does he really think now that he didn't oppose the 9/11 Commission? Does he think that our press corps is so lousy that he can say whatever comes into his head and nobody will call him on it?

Bush Goes Off Message (washingtonpost.com): Didn't Oppose the 9/11 Commission?

"KING: You first were opposed to the 9/11 Commission and then changed. Why?

"G. BUSH: Not really.

"KING: You weren't opposed?

"G. BUSH: Well, I just wanted to make sure that it was done the right way. I felt like that -- one of my concerns was that it would usurp the Congress' need to fully investigate."

But Bush's aides at the time made it very clear that he didn't support the establishment of a commission, and Bush himself had this to say in May, 2002: "I, of course, want the Congress to take a look at what took place prior to September the 11th. But since it deals with such sensitive information, in my judgment, it's best for the ongoing war against terror that the investigation be done in the intelligence committee. There are committees set up with both Republicans and Democrats who understand the obligations of upholding our secrets and our sources and methods of collecting intelligence. And therefore, I think it's the best place for Congress to take a good look at the events leading up to September the 11th."


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