Ed Henry asked Bush if he would make a pledge to get to the bottom of the sordid tale of Pat Tillman's death in today's presser. Bush avoided making
August 8, 2007

bush-presser-tilman.jpg Ed Henry asked Bush if he would make a pledge to get to the bottom of the sordid tale of Pat Tillman's death in today's presser. Bush avoided making a pledge and couldn't even remember when he first heard about the Pat Tillman cover-up. Have we forgotten that he was called "worm dirt?"

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And they ask us to blindly believe everything a man in uniform says with orders from their superiors...Supporting the troops in battle and in health is of paramount importance to all of us, but the Pat Tillman saga exposed the lies that the highest ranking generals were willing to commit in order to cover up the heroic Pat Tillman. A reporter should have followed up by asking Bush why they are using executive privilege over the Tillman documents.

Transcript: Q Thank you, Mr. President. You speak often about taking care of the troops and honoring their sacrifice. But the family of Corporal Pat Tillman believes there was a cover up regarding his death, and some say perhaps he was even murdered, instead of just friendly fire. At a hearing last week on Capitol Hill your former Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, other officials used some version of "I don't recall" 82 times. When it was his term to step up, Pat Tillman gave up a lucrative NFL career, served his country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Now you have a chance to pledge to the family that your government, your administration will finally get to the bottom of it. Can you make that pledge to the family today, that you'll finally, after seven investigations, find out what really happened?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, I can understand why Pat Tillman's family, you know, has got significant emotions, because a man they loved and respected was killed while he was serving his country. I always admired the fact that a person who was relatively comfortable in life would be willing to take off one uniform and put on another to defend America. And the best way to honor that commitment of his is to find out the truth. And I'm confident the Defense Department wants to find out the truth, too, and we'll lay it out for the Tillman family to know.

Q But, Mr. President, there have been seven investigations and the Pentagon has not gotten to the bottom of it. Can you also tell us when you, personally, found out that it was not enemy fire, that it was friendly fire?

THE PRESIDENT: I can't give you the precise moment. But obviously the minute I heard that the facts that people believed were true were not true, that I expect there to be a full investigation and get to the bottom of it.

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