WASHINGTON (AP) August, 2004:
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. Bush offered up a new entry for his catalogue of
"Bushisms" on Thursday, declaring that his administration
will "never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and
Bush misspoke as he delivered a speech at the signing ceremony for
a US$417 billion defence spending bill.
"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we,"
Bush said. "They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our
country and our people, and neither do we."
No one in Bush's audience of military brass or Pentagon chiefs reacted.
The president was working his way toward a larger point. "We must
never stop thinking about how best to defend our country. We must always
be forward-thinking," he said.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush's misstatement "just
shows even the most straightforward and plain-spoken people misspeak."
But the American people know this president speaks with clarity and
conviction, and the terrorists know by his actions he means it,"