Oops, my bad. That’s scheduled for January 20th. What did happen is a puzzling moment where it seemed he suddenly bent his head and muttered at his tie. Take a look, but I think the speculation focuses on the wrong thing – rather than the muttering, listen to what he’s saying beforehand. AmericaBlog’s headline sums it up, “I think Bush was wired during his recent press conference”. I don’t believe he’s stupid, I do believe he’s always wired, but I don’t believe this event necessarily proves anything one way or another – other than the fact that Bush has so many things he needs to be careful about his words on. The Neo-Cons have done so much dirt, talking is as big a conflict for him as the undeclared Iraq war.
I’m thinking that it was either him muttering angrily at himself for the way he phrased part of his answer and the the Billy Flynnesque tap-dance he did to get away from it, or his handler was panicking over the same thing and he was telling them to shut up so he could think.
The possibilities have been argued that it was either a burp or that he was looking at his notes, but I don’t think so. He’s definitely talking, so it’s unlikely it’s a burp. He wasn’t looking at his notes, he would have been looking higher up.
At 16:26 in the video, he says
“I can understand why people, they’re looking on your TV screen, and seeing indiscriminate bombing, where thousands of innocent, or hundreds of innocent Iraqis are getting killed, and they’re saying whether or not we’re able to achieve the objective. What they don’t see…”
and then went on to say, essentially, but there is progress, and we’re doing all these good things there. While in that phrase he’s talking about suicide bombers, whoever is on the other end of the mystery T on his back could have been a little worried by his word choice. He could have even been happy he pulled that one out. Especially since, to my knowledge, the only bombs killing thousands of Iraqis are ours.
And that’s about all the time we have to spend on this.
Note by SB on 7/14: Unfortunately I neglected to put a URL in the original link to America blog, so I removed the anchor tag to avoid confusion.