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Bush Did Not Mention Attacks in Rose Garden Appearance

Bush Did Not Mention Attacks in Rose Garden Appearance
New York Times
Published: December 3, 2005

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 - As he went before the cameras in the Rose Garden on Friday morning, President Bush was aware of bad news that had not yet been made public: that 10 marines had been killed by a bomb in Iraq. But he made no mention of the attack, sticking to the sunny White Houses message of the day that the economy is strong and the outlook "as bright as it's been in a long time."

For an administration that has been beset by trouble, it was a classic effort to change the subject, and one that could be justified, up to a point, by the facts.

The Labor Department report on Friday morning showing that employers added 215,000 jobs in November was good news, and it came one day after the government announced that the economy grew at a healthy 4.3 percent annual rate in the third quarter.

"We have every reason to be optimistic about our economic future," Mr. Bush said.

Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Bush did not allude to the marines' deaths because he defers to the Pentagon as to when such news should be released, out of concern for the families.

But Mr. Bush's effort to shift public attention to what he characterized as the nation's strong economic foundation was also motivated by a political problem that has dogged him for some time, Republican strategists said. Even as the economy has chugged along nicely if unspectacularly for the last two years, Americans have fallen into a darker mood about the future and given the president little credit for the good news.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll last month found that 52 percent of Americans believe that the economy is getting worse, compared with 18 percent who think it is getting better. Sixty-four percent of respondents said the economy was not good or poor. A Harris poll last month found that 68 percent of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track. Mr. Bush's approval rating last month for his handling of the economy stood at 37 percent in an Associated Press/Ipsos poll.

So on Friday, the White House and its Republican allies in Congress began a coordinated effort to focus more attention on the positive developments and to take credit for them.

"We're very pleased at what seems to be happening out in the economy," said Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, who accused the news media of overlooking the economic progress. "We believe it is directly related to the policies, as I indicated, of the president and this Republican Congress. And we hope that this good news may somehow break through a sea of bad news."

Democrats quickly denounced the Republican offensive as too many words and not enough action.

"This is not the time for self-congratulatory pats on the back," said Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, the minority leader. "It's time to get to work on issues that American families struggle with every day, issues like rising energy prices, skyrocketing health care costs and middle-class tax relief."

To some degree, the White House strategy was a response to pressure from Congressional Republicans to do more to help them heading into the 2006 elections.

At a luncheon session Thursday at a retreat attended by Republicans House and Senate leaders on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert pressed two administration officials, Andrew H. Card Jr., the White House chief of staff, and Dan Bartlett, Mr. Bush's counselor, to be more aggressive in talking about the economy, according to one attendee who asked not to be identified when talking about the private meeting.

Senate Republican leaders did not waste any time doing their part, holding a news conference on Friday morning to kick off an economic offensive at almost the same time that Mr. Bush was addressing reporters, though not taking any questions, in the Rose Garden.

The administration also took the unusual step of having Allan B. Hubbard, the director of the National Economic Council, field questions from reporters at the daily White House briefing. And the Republican National Committee sent out a document listing 15 pieces of positive economic news, including two making the point that the American economy is healthier than Germany's.

But the administration appeared to be approaching the politics of the economy in much the same way it was approaching the politics of the war: convinced that the problem is not primarily with the substance of its policy, but with skewed public perceptions of reality.

Asked to explain the difference between public views of Mr. Bush's performance on the economy and the macroeconomic statistics, Mr. Hubbard said that the sharp rise in energy prices "makes people feel ill at ease" and that many Americans had been concerned that Hurricane Katrina would hurt the economy more than it did.

Mr. Bush, he said, is "more concerned about results than he is about polls, and what pleases him and pleases us in his administration is that, you know, the economy is doing well."

The intensity of the public relations effort was especially striking given the news that the White House was citing. The gain of 215,000 jobs in November was certainly healthy and signaled that the hurricanes had not dented the economy much, but would not typically be the kind of development that would lead to a Rose Garden appearance by Mr. Bush. During the eight years of the Clinton administration, the economy generated an average of 240,000 jobs a month.

Moreover, Mr. Bush and his allies ignored or glossed over statistics suggesting that the economy, in the short run as well as the long run, faced big challenges. Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve chairman, used a speech on Friday to warn of the dangers from the budget deficit. And while job growth has picked up over the last two years, wages have continued to lag behind inflation, leaving many families struggling to keep up with the cost of living.

"It's not just the number of jobs, it's the quality of jobs," said Peter Morici, a professor of business at the University of Maryland.



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Dying In Iraq With Low-Grade Body Armor

So The Company's Chairman Can Give His Daughter A $10,000,000 Bat Mitzvah
David H Brooks Gives His Daughter A Bat Mitzvah
Hollywood stars arrive on company jet.
Liza Brooks
Aerosmith Got $2,000,000 To Serenade This Bat Mitzvah Girl
Who is David Brooks?

Brooks is a war profiteer, who owns Second Chance Body Armor, a company that supplies the Marines with bullet-proof vests. He is a New York stock speculator and Venture Capitalist, who made a fortune off the government, and old ladies' pensions.
The Bat Mitzvah

Brooks throws a Bat Mitzvah where the entertainers included Aerosmith, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, and Stevie Nicks, and more. He even sent the public corporation's jet to Pittsburgh to pick up Steve Tyler and Joe Perry.

Poppa Is A Dude

The 50-year-old Brooks changed from a black-leather, metal-studded suit - accessorized with biker-chic necklace chains and diamonds from Chrome Hearts jewelers - into a hot-pink leather version of the same lovely outfit.

David Brook's $189,000,000 Windfall

Brooks take his company public, and teachers, retirees, truck drivers, union pension funds, buy the stock. Right before a negative event (faulty armor), Brooks sells, and pockets a fortune. The SEC has numerous complaints.

His Company

Brooks has a giant warehouse/factory based in South Florida. The employees are non-union immigrants. He is alleged to engage in union busting.

Long Island's Social Event Of 2005

From Wall Street, to the executive suite, it was a who's who of New York's finest and their children.
Since Iraq Is An Israeli War

I have to wonder just how many New York socialites have their kids in the trenches?

Since this administration has corrupted everything it has touched,is there any verification of all these "rosy" economic indicators?

The economy is better? Check to see what the price of clothing, groceries, gasoline, gas and electricity, visits to the doctor and medical bills, and insurance companies were at the end of President Clinton's presidency.

Now check those prices today. Now check to see what your paycheck was then and what it is now. Check to see what the percentage of your pay increases have been since Clinton and the percentage of increase of the above mentioned necessities.

I think the majority of my fellow Americans will see that our paychecks have shrunk drastically in comparison. Now have them tell me the economy for us is growing. The economy is growing for corporations. See the record profits for insurance companies and gas companies.

I can't believe that Americans can listen to such bull and be so easily duped. Years ago when I could afford to get a cab home I made a prediction to a cabbie that Bush was the worst thing in the word for the average man finacially. I was quickly berated by the cab driver who told me that Bush was the only president that he had had a bonus $300.00 in his tax refund and what a good job he was doing.
I wonder how much better off that cabbie is doing now with his one time refund. I wonder how he will pay for the increase in gasoline and household fuel that will come out of his pay in just 2005 alone.I would love him to tell me how much better the economy is for him or the average Joe is now.

This man we call president has lied about or distorted most of what he has stated throughout his presidency. I can't seem to find anything rosy about the economy or about what's going on in Iraq. Except most the conservatives seem to think everything is peachy.

I don't know what recovery that asshole is talking about. More jobs are being shipped overseas, more skilled labor positions leaving the country, new home construction is slowing down now they've jacked up the price of money on the lending market (it had to be kept artificially low just to keep the SPUTTERING, NEARLY DEAD HORSE ECONOMY MOVING).

That night, on the evening news, if you watched any of the bullshit they call news, the commentators floated the idea of a recovery, but you didn't see any looks on any of those faces that said they actually believe the tripe they were spouting out about a recovery.

there is no recovery. the energy companies are lowering the price of gas trying to save DER FUHRER from further embarrassment in poll numbers, but american's are still losing more jobs than are being gained. The president lied about the economy, the press cannot be trusted anymore, and furthermore, it was his duty to mention the casualties in his speech, he's the jerk who sent those people to their deaths and the american public should always know when people die, even if they won't tell us the truth about the REAL NUMBER OF DEAD from this war!!!!!!

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