The only progress Bush is interested in:
Is it progress in Iraq?
From the AP's Bush inviting Dems to meet about Iraq
: (excerpts, emp add)
WASHINGTON - President Bush on Tuesday invited Democrats to discuss their standoff over a war-spending bill, but he made clear he would not change his position opposing troop withdrawals. The White House bluntly said the meeting would not be a negotiation.
"It's time for them to get the job done, so I'm inviting congressional leaders from both parties — both political parties — to meet with me at the White House next week," Bush said in a speech to an American Legion audience in Fairfax, Va.
"At this meeting, the leaders in Congress can report on progress on getting an emergency spending bill to my desk," Bush said. "We can discuss the way forward on a bill that is a clean bill, a bill that funds our troops without artificial timetables for withdrawal and without handcuffing our generals on the ground. I'm hopeful we'll see some results soon from the Congress."
The AP reporter adds:
In essence, Bush invited the Democratic leaders of Congress to come hear the stance he has offered for weeks.
Bush, or whoever is advising him, is channeling Limbaugh, Medved, and all who inhabit a reality-free right-wing world. There has been no progress in Iraq this year
(and it looks to be getting worse by every metric) yet Bush arrogantly demands progress
(i.e. submission) towards his agenda. This has got to piss off the Democrats and chill relations further between Congress and the White House.