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Thursday, February 02, 2006

State of the Union Address not meant to be taken literally 


Kevin G. Hall writes for Knight Ridder Newspapers: "One day after President Bush vowed to reduce America's dependence on Middle East oil by cutting imports from there 75 percent by 2025, his energy secretary and national economic adviser said Wednesday that the president didn't mean it literally.

"What the president meant, they said in a conference call with reporters, was that alternative fuels could displace an amount of oil imports equivalent to most of what America is expected to import from the Middle East in 2025 ..."

"Asked why the president used the words 'the Middle East' when he didn't really mean them, one administration official said Bush wanted to dramatize the issue in a way that 'every American sitting out there listening to the speech understands.' The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he feared that his remarks might get him in trouble."

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All these unnamed officials' comments usually turn out to be non-stories.
What, did you expect to take this jackass at his word?
They're not "unnamed" - here's a transcript o0f the press briefing: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/02/20060201-6.html
That link had nothing to do with the last sentence in your original posting that said "The official spoke only on condition of anonymity because he feared that his remarks might get him in trouble" with regards to the President using the phrase "the Middle East".
Nonethelesws. WH spokespersons have gone on record saying Bush didn't mean what he said. Have you read the WH transcript?
Yes, but I didn't see where they said the President didn't mean what he said.
I didn't catch the name but I heard the statement from the energy secratary on the radio and he did in fact say that the president didn't mean it literaly when he said that we wouls reduce our oil imports from the middle east by 75%.
So, DuWayne, it is not in the transcript, but you say you heard it. Hmmm...

Anyway, does anyone know the Democrats plan to help with the issues of high energy costs and how we are going to get our cars to keep running? Just wonderin'.
I listened on the radio and yes he did in fact say it.
Sorry, I still don't see it. Perhaps anti-Bush people just interpret things differently than I do.


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