Bush: 'I Answered Every Question They Asked'

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    WASHINGTON – President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney spent more than three hours behind closed doors Thursday with the Sept. 11 commission charged with finding ways to prevent a repeat of the worst terrorist attack in American history. "I answered every question they asked," Bush said.

    Bush declined to disclose details of the Oval Office discussion, saying the commissioners would incorporate his and Cheney's comments in their final report, set for release about three months before the November election.

    But the president, who described the meeting as "very cordial," said the commissioners were "very interested in the recommendations that they're going to lay out, and I'm interested in those as well."

    "I'm glad I did it," Bush told reporters in the Rose Garden, just 35 minutes after the session ended. "I'm glad I took the time. ... I enjoyed it."

    The 10 commissioners, who arrived for the unprecedented meeting bearing briefcases, books and papers, gathered around Bush and Cheney, who were seated on chairs near the fireplace in the president's office. The meeting was off-limits to all but White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and two members of his staff.

    Asked if Gonzales advised him not to answer any question, Bush replied, "I was never advised by my counsel not to answer anything."

    The president, who initially opposed creation of the panel investigating the attacks in 2001 that killed some 3,000 people in New York City, Virginia and Pennsylvania, vigorously defended his decision to appear jointly with the vice president. Critics have suggested the two met together to make certain there were no discrepancies in their statements.

    "If we had something to hide, we wouldn't have met with them in the first place," Bush said.

    "I came away feeling good about the session, because I wanted them to know, you know, how I set strategy, how we run the White House, how we deal with threats," he said. "The vice president answered a lot of their questions, answered all their questions."

    In a statement issued by the panel after the meeting, commissioners thanked Bush and Cheney for their information, and said they found the president and vice president "forthcoming and candid."

    Even Ben-Veniste Is Satisfied

    Richard Ben-Veniste, a Democrat member of the commission, said that he was satisfied the panel had enough time to ask questions and that nothing was lost from having a joint meeting.

    "It was a very cordial meeting," Ben-Veniste told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "Everyone got to ask his or her questions of the president and vice president. I'm not going to characterize the substance."

    One commissioner, Jim Thompson, said the questions included everything "across the board" that had been in public hearings. "The president was asked the vast majority of the questions and he answered them," Thompson said. "There was no questions the president or vice president did not answer."

    Laughter erupted in the Oval Office from time to time, Thompson told the AP.

    'Tease'

    "The president is a bit of a tease," he said. "There were no tense moments. I thought the president gave a five-star performance. I wish the American people could have seen it."

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    All nice nice now. We'll see what report they give "3 months before the election."
     
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    I have to admit, this was nothing real spectacular and discredits him from what I saw.

    He allowed no transcripts
    He allowed no being "under oath" if he interviewed.
    He had his lawyers present.

    On top of all of that he says:

    and

    This seemed like a complete setup from minute one, wether it really was or not.

    I expect his ratings to drop a bit.
     
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    I tell ya, I sure do have faith that the 9/11 Commission will get to the truth. After all, the government always tells the truth. The President is a smart man who tells the truth, too. We should all be glad that we have such a smart, truthful government. I feel safe and sound in the arms of the government. Everything is fine and great. The war is going great. The Iraqis love us. We always get the full story from the media, which is not biased at all. The government loves us and wants us to be safe and happy, the media tells the truth, and Dick Cheney is the Easter Bunny.
     
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    The commission had access to ask him all the questions they desired. Remember, the ultimate goal 'supposedly' of this commission is to find out what went wrong and what's best to make changes to help protect our country in the future.

    Not sure I see that as being a problem. Clinton was under oath as well and that didn't stop him from lying to the commission. This isn't a court, it's a commission looking to better our country.

    And I have no problem with that. His testimony in front of a commission is practically unprecedented. After seeing how they confronted Condi I would have demanded a lawyer present myself. Playing games with the national security advisor is bad enough, the lawyers should make sure they don't try the same crap with the CIC.

    Iraq has had the worst month since the war began. A lot has transpired with the commission in the past month. Kerry has been on a nonstop attack of the president. With all of that, the presidents approval rating jumped 5 points in the past month. I don't see this doing anything detrimental to his ratings.
     
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    I know, but to make everything equal, why wasn't he under oath? Being the only one who wasn't doesn't look real good.

    I agree with the point on Clinton, but I thought everyone involved with this comission's investigation was under oath. -Maybe I got that part of it wrong. -In which case every other one of my points here are rather insignificant.

    By its self, I agree. Added to my other issues it was looking pretty bad, though.

    Right. With all of my points hanging on the "oath" thing, though, it looked pretty bad. If in fact the "oath thing" is not an issue of importance, the ratings ought to remain untouched. His image also would remain intact.

    Has everyone else been allowed to report without being under oath?
     
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    The media also said that your an asshole, sounds credible to me.
     
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    I don't believe Bill Clinton or Al Gore were under oath either.
     
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    FWIW - Clintons testimony was not recorded either.
     
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    Now there is something I was not aware of. This makes me quite annoyed at BOTH processes.
     

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