Bush Vs. Martha Raddatz
The president got testy at Tuesday’s news conference with ABC’s Martha Raddatz, who had the nerve to try a second follow up to her first question, “Are we winning in Afghanistan?” After Bush avoided answering the question, Martha asked, again.
Q But do you think we’re winning? Do you think we’re winning?
THE PRESIDENT: I do, I think we’re making good progress. I do, yes.
Q Can I just add to that, a couple weeks ago —
THE PRESIDENT: No, you can’t. This is the second follow-up. You usually get one follow-up, and I was nice enough to give you one. I didn’t give anybody on this side a follow-up, and now you are trying to take a second follow-up.
Q They didn’t try.
THE PRESIDENT: I know you try.
Q Can I just say —
THE PRESIDENT: They just cut off your mic. You can’t, no.
Q A couple weeks ago you said —
THE PRESIDENT: Now she’s going to go without the mic. This is awesome. (Laughter.)
Q A couple weeks ago you said that in Iraq, in 2006, you said we were winning and the strategy was working to keep up troop morale.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes.
Q How can we believe that you’re not doing the same thing here?
THE PRESIDENT: You tried to ask me that question before. It’s a repeat. Look, I said —
Q No, I’m talking —
THE PRESIDENT: Can I finish, please? The question you asked me before at the exclusive I gave you on the ranch was: You said that we were winning in the past. I also said that there was tough fighting. Make sure you put the comments in place.
So what I’m going to tell you now is, we’re making progress in Afghanistan, but there’s tough fighting. I’m under no illusions that this isn’t tough. I know full well we’re dealing with a determined enemy. I believe it’s in our interest that we defeat that enemy. And so, yes, we’re making progress. But it’s also a tough battle. We’re facing people who are willing to strap bombs on themselves and walk into places where the innocent dwell, or the innocent shop, and kill them.
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