Angling for the upper hand, President Bush told Democratic lawmakers on Thursday that their effort to end the war in Iraq is futile and will only undermine the military.
Bush changed his venue, trading the White House for a high school gym in Republican-friendly territory north of Dayton, Ohio. To set a looser tone, he took questions from the crowd.
The Bush administration has had its scandals — conflict of interest, incompetence, influence peddling, political vendettas — but it’s never had a sex scandal. Until now.
And it’s a most unlikely Lothario — World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was to be summoned to a Capitol Hill showdown Thursday as he fights to save his job in the face of calls for his ouster over the bungled firings of eight U.S. attorneys that Democrats say were driven by party politics.
Disaster has been both the making and the undoing of President Bush.
Bush’s bearing after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 â€” tough yet empathetic â€” felt right to the public. He rode that support to a second term, despite questions about the economy and the war in Iraq.
Representing America’s anguish, President Bush told Virginia Tech students and teachers at a somber convocation Tuesday that the nation was praying for them and “there’s a power in these prayers.”
“It’s impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering,” Bush said at a memorial service on the campus where 33 people, including the suspected gunman, died in shootings the day before.
President Bush said Monday that the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, the deadliest campus shooting ever in this country, affects every student across the nation.
The White House should be able to recover an undetermined number of e-mails â€” perhaps millions of messages â€” that accidentally disappeared from its servers during a program conversion, an administration official said Monday.
In the nearly six weeks since his close friend and former chief of staff was convicted of lying and obstructing an investigation, Vice President Dick Cheney has not once spoken to I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
“Well, there hasn’t been occasion to do so,” Cheney said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, fighting to save his job, said in prepared Senate testimony Sunday he has “nothing to hide” in the firings of eight federal prosecutors but claimed a hazy memory about his involvement in them.
President George W. Bush is preparing for a new week of tough political battles with his Democratic opponents amid an atmosphere of mutual hostility and suspicion.
On Tuesday, Democrats will have a politically charged meeting with key Bush ally Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to hear his explanation about the firings of eight federal prosecutors, who they suspect fell victim to a White House-managed purge.