Archive for December, 2004

December 4, 2004

Bush Comments on Thompson Terror Worries (AP) »

  • “We’re a large country with all kinds of avenues where somebody can inflict harm,” Bush said. “We’re doing everything we can to protect the American people. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

December 8, 2004

Dean Urges Dems to Stick to Convictions (AP) »

  • “When some people say that we should change direction, in essence they are arguing that our basic or guiding principles can be altered or modified,” Dean said. “They cannot. On issue after issue, we are where majority of the American people are.”

December 9, 2004

9/11 Kin Praised for Pushing Intel Reform (AP) »

  • The president praised the compromise measure, calling it “historic legislation that will better protect the American people and help defend against ongoing terrorist threats.”

December 10, 2004

Kerik Withdraws His Name for Top DHS Job (AP) »

  • Kerik informed Bush of his decision to withdraw in a telephone call at 8:30 p.m. EST. “I am convinced that, for personal reasons, moving forward would not be in the best interests of your administration, the Department of Homeland Security or the American people,” Kerik said in a letter to the president.

December 11, 2004

‘Nanny Problem’ Forces Kerik to Withdraw (AP) »

  • “I am convinced that, for personal reasons, moving forward would not be in the best interests of your administration, the Department of Homeland Security or the American people,” Kerik said in a letter to Bush.

December 12, 2004

Bush Social Security Plan Faces Obstacles (AP) »

  • “Ultimately, hiding the truth about benefit cuts or fleecing the public on massive borrowing would have a disastrous effect on the economy, not to mention betray the trust of the American people,” said Rep. Bob Matsui of California, the top Democrat on the Social Security subcommittee.

December 14, 2004

McCain Has ‘No Confidence’ in Rumsfeld (AP) »

  • “I believe we’ll be in Iraq militarily for many years, which would not be a problem to the American people,” he said. “I think what is not acceptable to the American people is an increasing flow of dead and wounded.”

December 15, 2004

Retiring Congressman to Lead Trade Group (AP) »

  • “We think that it stinks,” Common Cause spokeswoman Mary Boyle said. “Whose interests did he have at heart, those of the American people or his future employer?”

December 16, 2004

Bush: Social Security Reform Needed Now (AP) »

  • “I’m looking forward to working with members of both chambers and both parties to confront this issue today, before it becomes more acute,” Bush said. “By doing so, we will send a message not only to the American people that we’re here for the right reason, but we’ll send a message to the financial markets that we recognize that we have an issue with both short-term deficits and the long-term deficits of the unfunded liabilities of entitlement programs.”

December 17, 2004

Bush Considers Domestic Spending Freeze (AP) »

  • “This tells you the administration’s priority is tax cuts over fiscal responsibility and providing central services to the American people,” said Thomas Kahn, Democratic staff director of the House Budget Committee.

Bush Signs Intelligence Overhaul Bill (AP) »

  • “Our vast intelligence enterprise will become more unified, coordinated and effective,” Bush said. “It will enable us to better do our duty, which is to protect the American people.”

December 22, 2004

Michigan Congressman Seeks Exit Poll Data (AP) »

  • “Like Congressman Conyers, we believe the American people deserve answers,” said Jack Stokes, a spokesman for the AP. “We want exit polling information to be made public as soon as it is available, as we intended. At this time, the data is still being evaluated for a final report to the National Election Pool.”

December 26, 2004

U.S. Doctors Lack Whistleblower Protection (AP) »

  • “It’s a game of cat and mouse, in which the real losers are the American people,” Kohn said.

Bush to Renominate 20 for Judgeships (AP) »

  • “The president nominated highly qualified individuals to the federal courts during his first term, but the Senate failed to vote on many nominations,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said in a statement the White House issued Thursday. “Unfortunately, this only exacerbates the issue of judicial vacancies, compounds the backlog of cases and delays timely justice for the American people.”

December 28, 2004

Bush Monitors Tsunami Damage From Texas (AP) »

  • “Now is a time for him to, sort of, think about how he wants to address the American people,” Duffy said, adding that there were no speechwriters at the ranch. “I think the best way to characterize it is there are some initial drafts.”

Gay Marriage Amendment Not Coming Soon (AP) »

  • However small the shift in votes in Congress, Cornyn said the Nov. 2 results demonstrate that “the American people want to preserve traditional marriage.”

December 29, 2004

Bush’s Remarks on Tsunami Disaster Relief (AP) »

  • PRESIDENT BUSH: Good morning. Laura and I, and the American people, are shocked and we are saddened by the terrible loss of life from the recent earthquake and the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean. Our prayers go out to the people who’ve lost so much to this series of disasters. Our hearts are also with the Americans who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.
  • It takes money, by the way, to move an expeditionary force into the region. We’re diverting assets, which is part of our overall aid package. We’ll continue to provide assets. Plus the American people will be very generous themselves. I mean, the $2.4 billion was public money, of course provided by the taxpayers.

December 30, 2004

Bush to Send Powell, Delegation to Asia (AP) »

  • At the Embassy of Indonesia later, Powell wrote a message in a condolence book, expressing the support and sympathy of the American people. He said he had never seen such a tragedy and said that it was “time for us to join together in solidarity.”