A Disassociated Press Report, Washington, August 5, 2004
By Eric Mader
U.S. President George W. Bush today signaled a new turn in his campaign to hold onto the White House. Breaking with his previous reliance on confident sound bites and rhetorical misdirection, Bush opted for the simple truth during a speech at the signing ceremony for a $417 billion defense spending bill.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we," Bush said.
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
No one in Bush's audience of military brass or Pentagon chiefs reacted.
"We were listening," said one attendee who preferred to remain anonymous. "We just were a bit surprised at such sudden candor."
The president was working his way toward a larger point. "We must never stop thinking about how best to help our cronies make a profit from these difficult times," he said. "If making a killing means orchestrating a few killings--I think you know what I mean--then we will not shrink from the responsibility. We will live up to the expectations of those who put us in office."
White House spokesman Dirk McDonald said Bush's statement "just shows how straightforward and plain-spoken he is."
"The American people know this president speaks with clarity and conviction, and the terrorists know by his actions he means it," McDonald said. "Why else do you think al Qaeda wants him in for another four years? They know he can do wonders for their recruiting even while he pursues his right-wing revolution at home."
"I'm doing my best here to keep everybody happy," Bush said in response to a question about the continued al Qaeda threat.
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