THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary(Columbus, Ohio)For Immediate Release September 28, 2006 [7:19 p.m.]STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENTI am pleased that the Senate swiftly confirmed Mary Peters as Secretary of Transportation.Mary is an innovative thinker who will work with state and local leaders to confront challenges and solve problems.
President Bush took a rare trip to Capitol Hill this morning to talk to GOP senators. Rarer still: he brought reinforcements. The veep, chief of staff Josh Bolten, national-security adviser Steve Hadley and political guru Karl Rove all showed up for a closed door Republican pep rally.
The French foreign minister called George Bush's speech to the United Nations "remarkable," gushing that the U.S. president showed "great determination." Even the Iranian president reached out to the United States by saying that both countries shared the experience of being the victims of terrorism.No, that wasn't in some parallel universe.
At his news conference Monday morning, President Bush offered up some advice to Republican candidates, suggesting that if he were on the ballot this fall that he'd be stressing two major issues: the economy and national security. "If I were running, I'd say look at what the economy has done.
For a White House that has been disciplined about avoiding political flip-flops, there is only one way to sum up Tuesday's announcement that the Bush administration has shifted policy on its treatment of terrorism detainees: they were against the Geneva Conventions before they were for them.After months of arguing that Geneva rules did not apply to enemy combatants and other terrorism suspects, the Bush administration announced Tuesday that all military detainees were entitled to protections...
In his office onboard Air Force One, President Bush's spirits were high. He had just pulled off the coup of a secret trip to Baghdad, and was feeling buoyed by his talks with the new Iraqi government.
President Hu Jintao can take comfort in one thing: most Chinese didn't see the excruciating reception he got at the White House. Not right away, that is. The state-controlled news media gave viewers at home only carefully chosen glimpses of last week's U.S. trip.
Scott McClellan's departure from the White House marks the end of an era—for Scott McClellan, that is. In terms of President Bush's troubled communications effort, McClellan's move means little unless there are other changes higher up the White House chain of command.But for the beleaguered press secretary, and for the smattering of old Texas hands around the president, this is a Big Day.