Russert interview of Bush - early signs:
We watched a couple of excerpts from Sunday's Meet the Press
interview of Bush (taped today for airing tomorrow). Russert appears to be asking real questions, but in a fairly neutral manner. Bush, on the other hand, does not appear impressive. Sure, Bush-lovers will see what they like, but for the rest of us will find George lacking. Bush appeared to have trouble constructing a response (we saw him when he was expected to reel off a list of countries: Libya, Iran, ... ; he named Libya, but then seemed to be grasping for a second instance - when he mentioned the Pakistani nuke-scientist Kahn - which sounded off-key. (Isn't the administration trying to ignore the Pakistani issue?)
It's too early to make a judgement, especially since we don't know the context from which the excerpts were lifted (e.g. what was discussed prior to the excerpt), but the signs are not good for Bush.
We took a gander at a Yahoo message board - related to a news item
about Bush's statement that Tenet's job is secure (!) - and there, the comments about the interview were:
Yes, he was sickly/sallow-looking. He might be using the coke again.
He looked as if he was completely off guard the entire time.
He looks like a figure in a wax museum, not looking well.
Stammered and er um ah er ummed so much you know he was fighting for words to say.
Which pretty much agrees with what we saw.
By the way, we checked into the Free Republic message threads about the Russert interview, and many are praying for Bush.
He needs it.
NOTE: The image above has been Photoshopped.