a tough question deserves a tough answer
Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States:
Q: ... if a Democrat were President ... and were running a $455 billion deficit, as are you, all other things being equal, wouldn't you be upset about it?
THE PRESIDENT: Let me tell you something, the deficit was caused by a recession which we inherited and did something about. The deficit was caused because we spent more money on fighting a war, and the American people expect a President to do what is necessary to win a war. So I look forward to taking this debate on. I really do. We did the right thing when it came to tax relief. We inherited a tough situation.
But most importantly, the American know that I'm not afraid to lead and to make a tough decision. And I made a tough decision, a series of tough decisions. One, to make America more secure, a tough decision to make the world more peaceful, and I made tough decisions when it comes to making sure our economy grows. [Emphasis added throughout.]
In addition to that sterling example of tough rhetoric, did you noticed that -- surprise, surprise! -- Bush didn't answer the question?
How anyone can defend this man, much less admire him, is beyond me. Saying "tough" 146 times in a sentence doesn't make him so; it just makes fools of anyone who buys such a pathetic, Gingrichian stunt.
Unless they just need to believe he's tough. Well, bad news, folks; Bush is a bully, a coward, and a phony.
(via Uggabugga -- happy blogaversary! -- and see P.L.A. for an excellent take on Bush's claim that he "inherited" the recession.)
Update: Daily Kos has more on another sterling Bush moment.