Bush Appears on Fox's O'Reilly Factor
Published September 27, 2004 in ELECTION
By Ryan Parsons | Discussion and photos based on the interview found at Fox News
As a kind of warm-up to the upcoming debates between
our two major presidential nominees, President Bush took the time to visit
O'Reilly Factor for a face to face interview on how the President views
his presidencies accomplishments, and mistakes, that it has made in the
last four years.
Bush keeps his calm during interview with O'Reilly
Before we go into any gritty details, it was agreed by O'Reilly and Colmes
that the president seemed very relaxed and very confident on his positions
to say the least. Where the analysis’s disagreed was whether his positions
were correct or not.
*A further note: It was stated before the interview that the president in
no way had to agree to come on the show to answer some of the more difficult
questions [people that would not come on include Gore and Donald Rumsfeld
among others]. They also point out that Bush did not receive the questions
ahead of time to allow him to prepare, nor did they edit the interview in
anyway to put the president's answers in a better light.
One of the questions asked to Mr. Bush was whether or not he would repeat
his visit to the troops on board the aircraft carrier [as in go back in
time]. Bush said he would do it again without a doubt to show the American
troops how much he and our country appreciate the service that they are
currently offering. Bush also pointed out that these troops have experienced
not one, but two tours of duty under his command. He also states that his
visits raise moral as the troops get confirmation of their president's continuous
support. Something he claims they greatly appreciate.
Bush also tried to add input on his thoughts about the sign placed on the
carrier stating 'Mission Accomplished.' He said the sign, which though not
directly his doing, was there to at least state that there were accomplishments
worthy of raising moral.
Mexican Borders are Still 'Open'
As one of the last questions on this first part of the interview between
O'Reilly and Bush, O'Reilly states the problems with controlling the border
between the states and Mexico. On asking Bush how he tends to resolve this
issue, Bush states that the officials at the border patrol are going to
be given more resources and technologies at their disposal to prevent border
crossings. O'Reilly was not entirely pleased with this solution stating
that ten percent of the people who cross the Mexican border are criminals
or become criminals. However, Bush sticks to his guns by stating that he
does not plan any military enforcement and would rather stick with the already-existent-officials
who monitor, and protect, our borders.
Analysis From the Other Party
One of the coolest additions to the interview was the Democratic analysis
afterwards. Colmes was on hand to say what he thought of the interview and
how well, or correctly, President Bush answered the questions. Colmes largest
disappointment seemed to come from Bush stating that instead of having WMD's
[at least, no weapons that were large enough to be considered WMDs], Iraq
had the capability of creating WMDs. Colmes, and the other Democratic analysis,
stated that Bush should say he was wrong on his judgments towards whether
Iraq had WMDs or not. O'Reilly follows their complaint by stating that if
anyone was wrong, it was his information from his intelligence [which included
The Bush interview will continue this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Now, O'Reilly has requested and is hoping to have Senator Kerry on to answer
some questions as well. Whether Kerry comes on or not should be pretty interesting.
If not, just wait for the presidential debates soon to come.
The entire transcript of this debate can be found HERE
Sources: Discussion and photos based on the interview found at Fox News
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