Countdown covered Brian Williams interview with Bush last night.
For someone who does not like how the public perceives him, Bush does not help his case any in this interview. Take this little exchange:
WILLIAMS: When you take a tour of the world, a lot of Americans e-mail me with their fears that, some days they just wake up and it just feels like the end of the world is near. And you go from North Korea to Iran, to Iraq, to Afghanistan, and you look at how things have changed, how Americans are viewed overseas, if that is important to you. Do you have any moments of doubt that we fought a wrong war? Or that there's something wrong with the perception of America overseas?
BUSH: Well those are two different questions, did we fight the wrong war, and absolutely -- I have no doubt -- the war came to our shores, remember that. We had a foreign policy that basically said, let's hope calm works. And we were attacked.
Last week Bush said that he never implied any connection between Iraq and 9/11, yet both Iraq and the War on Terror have again been lumped together and Bush says that the war "came to our shores". Sure the war with terrorism did, but the war with Iraq did not come to our shores. Is it any wonder why people say the White House has tried to link Saddam and 9/11?
Throughout the interview, Bush tries to keep up his "good ole' boy" appearance, which comes off more as the incompetence appearance. The best part comes at the end:
WILLIAMS: How have you been read wrong?
BUSH: I don’t know. I frankly don't pay that much attention. I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, but…
WILLIAMS: Still not watching television, huh?
BUSH: I watched a good baseball game.
If Bush would have decided to watch television last August and turn it to any of the news channels out there (including FOX), then perhaps aide would have gotten to the Gulf Coast quicker. Remember the report that White House aides had to make a DVD of the coverage and were arguing over who had to give it to Bush and ultimately break the news to him that America had just lost an entire city? I would still love to see that DVD and how hacked the coverage of Katrina actually was.
(Full transcript available on MSNBC's site)