Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 54 Posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1223 times:
Today, President Bush gave a speech to the Philadelphia World Affairs Council about Iraq and the war on terrorism. The difference today was that after he was finished, he opened it up for questions about anything people wanted to ask. He did an excellent job answering questions candidly and giving people straightforward responses. I thought this was one of the best speeches he's given so far and that he did a perfect job of talking about the issues with the Council afterwards.
Here is a link to the transcribed speech, but it doesn't have the question time written in yet. The best and most powerful portion was the questions, so I will post them when the become available.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
He needs to start doing this regularly. He is one of those guys who has never mastered the art of public speaking, and has therefore resisted doing these sort of conferences, and the left has used this to try to convince people that he is an idiot, controlled by puppet masters like Cheney. He is actually quite intelligent. You don't graduate from Harvard and Yale, and then win every political office you ever run for (is that right?) by being a dummy.
I think the American people don't mind if their president doesn't look completely at ease in front of the cameras. They would forgive that, and a lot more, if they see a president willing to answer questions.
Tbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7011 posts, RR: 27 Reply 2, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1192 times:
Hate to break it to you guys, but there is nothing new about Bush opening his speeches up to "questions and answers". Don't forget though that the questions he accepts are prescreened or scripted, just like he did for his town hall meetings on social securitiy, Iraq, etc. Until I see the transcript for this session, I won't take it as anything else.
OK, he managed to put together four coherent sentences in six? years and you Bush cheerleaders call it "outstanding"!? I know you can't expect too much from him, but still public speaking is basically a part of his job description so what's the big deal?
"The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a private, non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to creating a more informed citizenry on matters of national and international significance.
Established in 1949 as a forum for discussing differing points of view, the Council does not endorse candidates for public office or lobby for policies. Membership is open to all who share its principles. The Council currently serves over 120 corporate members and their CEOs, and more than 4,000 other executives and individual members."
That pointed out, I did find it interesting that the only question Bush "couldn't hear" was the one on the administration's correlation of Iraq and 9/11 that stopped the applause when he asked if the question could be repeated. It appeared that any part of it was scripted, it was his answer, that is improving as of late. "What 9/11 taught me was ... "
I've attended addresses at World Affairs Councils where Washington leaders have spoken, and it's not the same as a campaign appearance, but I wasn't at this particular one, so I can only speak from experience at others.
Exarmywarrant From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 267 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1152 times:
Point taken. I just get frustrated because it always seems to be about personalities (on both sides). We really need an honest debate about the merits of conservative vs. liberal policies, without the scare tactics and obsfucation...
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 10, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1141 times:
Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 3): Is he not? They don't need to convince anyone. All you need is watch and listen to him for a while and then make up your mind yourself.
Do you really believe that you have to have hollywood-style ease in front of a camera to be intelligent? By your standards, Washington, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt would have rated pretty poorly - they all had various speech problems. How about Steven Hawking? Just because a person does not have a particular skill that is easily apparent, does not mean that the rest of his brain works at the same level.
I can't remember the date, but I remember Tom Brokaw reporting (after the 2004 election) that military exam records from when Bush and Kerry went to OCS placed both of them in the high 120-130 IQ range, around the 90th percentile. Actually Bush scored a little higher, but not by more than a couple of points (statistically insignificant).
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1138 times:
The transcript I read of the speech seemed to be better than his usual. (I didn't get to watch it live . . . so I'll refrain from the usual bashing about his oratory art - it is kinda old and dull and repetitive). I would like to see a transcript of the Q&A . . .
Interestingly this wasn't a "Captive Audience" (to coin a phrase regarding his previous speeches) to a military audience. Just a little there.
Dan-Air From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 614 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1122 times:
Speaking as a confirmed "Bush Hater" and "America Hater " I thought his performance during the Q&A was dramatically better than previous outings. He seems conflicted though - at times confident and prepared, yet constantly biting the inside of his cheek.
Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 54 Reply 15, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1114 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 12): Bush did make a point of using a "big word" just for Arlen Specter.
I thought that was pretty funny.
Quoting Dan-Air (Reply 13): I thought his performance during the Q&A was dramatically better than previous outings.
This was the point I was trying to drive in by posting this. I felt like he had a much better time answering the questions today and seemed far more confident in his answers than ever before. It was like he told his advisors to shut the f*ck up and let him answer the questions he wants to, in his way. I though he did a pretty good job at it.
Usnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 54 Reply 19, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1097 times:
Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 17): I would assume it'll be a while before the Q&A session is transcribed and posted in text form anywhere.
That's correct. Because the Q&A session wasn't planned beforehand, the original transcripts handed out didn't contain it. Hopefully it won't take too long, but I would imagine that it will be a little while before everything is typed up and reviewed for publishing.
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11 Reply 21, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1084 times:
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 1): He needs to start doing this regularly.
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 1): I think the American people don't mind if their president doesn't look completely at ease in front of the cameras. They would forgive that, and a lot more, if they see a president willing to answer questions.
Wow, two statements from CFalk in the same post that I agree with - I'm going to lose so-called "tolerant liberal" status if I'm not careful -
I was surprised and pleased to see this. I took exception to the "Knowing what I know now, I'd do the same thing over again" part, but at least he answered the questions posed to him.
"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
Exarmywarrant From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 267 posts, RR: 1 Reply 22, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1063 times:
Quoting Searpqx (Reply 21): I took exception to the "Knowing what I know now, I'd do the same thing over again" part, but at least he answered the questions posed to him.
I took that not to mean "I would make every decision exactly the same" but rather if he had known how difficult it would be, he would still have gone in - he felt it was that important!
In every war we've ever fought, there were thousands upon thousands of decisions made that could/should have been made differently. But those "mistakes" had little or no bearing on the legitimacy of the conflict itself.
CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4435 posts, RR: 5 Reply 23, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1053 times:
I saw this speech while I was home on lunch. I thought it was one of his better speeches and that his answers were on the mark. He was open and candid. It almost looked like he was running for office again! Quite an impressive speech and an even better Q&A period. I hope we see more of this in the future.
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days ago) and read 1043 times:
Quoting Searpqx (Reply 21): I was surprised and pleased to see this. I took exception to the "Knowing what I know now, I'd do the same thing over again" part, but at least he answered the questions posed to him.
Quoting CX747 (Reply 23): I thought it was one of his better speeches and that his answers were on the mark. He was open and candid.
The interesting thing is, IMHO, is that Bush often sounds best when not reading a prepared speech. There he sounds wooden. In impromptu interviews and "off-the-record" video I've seen of him, he can be witty and funny (a very backhanded, almost British sense of humor). I simply don't understand why the administration has not used this aspect of his personality to more advantage.
Maybe he's simply one of those guys who is fine in small groups, but as soon as he has to go out on national TV or a major policy speech, he just can't get the fact out of his mind that, "Oh my God, there are MILLIONS of people watching me." A sort of inescapable stage fright.
25 Bushpilot: Being an interested and involved politcal moderate makes me really want to see this happen as well. But I think it is more often the Right who uses s
26 Exarmywarrant: I don't know who McClennan is, but you're right that Gay marriage has nothing to do with the debate on National Health Care. There are a lot of thing
27 Bushpilot: McClennan is the current White House Press Sec. I have nothing against him, he is just a puppet but I did prefer to more casual style of Ari Fliesher
28 Exarmywarrant: If the war was about oil, we would be keeping some of it. Otherwise, what's the point? Revenge? George Bush is the President of the United States. Do
29 CX747: The point was made earlier, but all we know is that there were no weapons found when we got there. Where they went or if they were ever there to begin
30 Bushpilot: Dont worry we will be...be patient. This is where I say your right and I overspoke a bit. I was mistaken and will learn from that and move on. Now fr