Archive for January, 2005

January 1, 2005

Bush Immigration Plan Meets GOP Opposition ( »

  • “I’m no longer the only person in the caucus bringing the issue of illegal immigration to the American people,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), who heads the House’s 71-member Immigration Reform Caucus, which has a section on its Web site listing crimes, health problems and other problems it says are caused by illegal immigrants. “Now others appear to be willing to go to the mat on it.”

January 2, 2005

Powell Reaffirms Commitment of U.S. Aid (AP) »

  • “I think we’ve responded rather aggressively and appropriately. And the American people should be pleased and proud of the way we’ve done it,” the secretary said.

January 3, 2005

Iraq, Iran, North Korea Top Bush Agenda (AP) »

  • “We muddle through for the next year, declare victory after the second election and leave, and then there would be chaos,” Biden said. Or, “level with the American people and tell them we’re going to be muddling through for the next four years, or longer.”

Bush’s Messages to Nations Hit by Tsunami (AP) »

  • “We pray for victims and families of this epic disaster, and the American government and American people are dedicated to helping you recover.”
  • “We pray for the victims and families of this epic disaster. The American people and government stand with you as you recover and rebuild.”

Elder Bush, Clinton to Lead Relief Effort (AP) »

  • Clinton and the first President Bush are to lead an effort to encourage the American people and businesses to support relief and reconstruction activities in areas devastated by the tsunamis, the president said. He also ordered that American flags fly at half-staff all week in sympathy for “the victims of a great tragedy,” particularly the many thousands of dead and orphaned children.

Elder Bush, Clinton to lead tsunami aid effort (AFP) »

  • In a hastily announced joint appearance with the former presidents, Bush countered such criticism, saying: “The greatest source of America’s generosity is not our government, it’s the good heart of the American people.”

January 4, 2005

Powell: Tsunami Aid May Help U.S. Image (AP) »

  • Jeb Bush noted that his state of Florida had suffered four hurricanes. “We share this experience,” he said, adding that the American people want to offer a helping hand.

Ex-Presidents Heartened by Tsunami Relief (AP) »

  • Bush said, “The generosity and the heartbeat of the American people is such that we’re going to get this job done.”

January 5, 2005

Frist Seeks Fast Approval of Bush Nominee (AP) »

  • But noting increased GOP majorities in Congress as well as Bush’s re-election, he added, “The American people have entrusted the state of their security, prosperity and families to us, and over the course of the next two years, that sacred trust will be honored by action.”

January 6, 2005

Democrats to Force Debate on Ohio Results (AP) »

  • “I have concluded that objecting to the electoral votes from Ohio is the only immediate way to bring these issues to light by allowing you to have a two-hour debate to let the American people know the facts surrounding Ohio’s election,” Boxer wrote in a letter to Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones , D-Ohio, a leader of the Democratic effort.
  • “I think the American people expect members of Congress to work together and move forward on the real priorities facing this country, instead of engaging in conspiracy theories and rehashing issues that were settled long ago,” McClellan said.

January 12, 2005

Bush Nominates Chertoff for Homeland Post (AP) »

  • Bush tapped Chertoff on Tuesday, saying he “has shown a deep commitment to the cause of justice and an unwavering determination to protect the American people.”

White House: Iraq Weapons Search Is Over (AP) »

  • “Based on what we know today, the president would have taken the same action because this is about protecting the American people,” said Press Secretary Scott McClellan.
  • In a statement, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California said Bush “needs to explain to the American people why he was so wrong, for so long, about the reasons for war.”

January 13, 2005

U.S. Lowers Expectations for Iraqi Vote (AP) »

  • “Based on what we know today, the president would have taken the same action because this is about protecting the American people,” McClellan said.

January 14, 2005

Indonesia to seek peace deal in tsunami-hit Aceh as relief efforts continue (AFP) »

  • “But in… responding to the tsunami many in the Muslim world have seen a great compassion in the American people. Our troops are providing incredibly good service,” said the president.

January 15, 2005

Bush Says Voters Ratified Iraq Policy (AP) »

  • “We had an accountability moment, and that’s called the 2004 elections,” Bush said in an interview with The Washington Post for Sunday’s editions. “The American people listened to different assessments made about what was taking place in Iraq, and they looked at the two candidates, and chose me.”

Analysis: Accountable, Not Held to Account (AP) »

  • Said Reagan in 1987: “A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that is true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not.”

January 17, 2005

Top Senate Democrat Cautions GOP on Rules (AP) »

  • “I think everybody wants to be more reasonable,” Frist said. “The American people deserve it.”

Some Diplomats Ambivalent on 2nd Bush Term (AP) »

  • “It’s a diplomat’s job to work with the high-ranking officials in each country,” a diplomat from one such nation said only on condition her name and country not be mentioned. “We might have a personal opinion, but it’s not up to us to elect the president — it’s up to the American people. And the one they choose will be the one we will pay honors.”

January 19, 2005

Bush’s Campaign Manager Elected Party Chairman (Reuters) »

  • “Our victory was first and foremost a victory of ideas,”Mehlman said. “Step one is to enact the ideas we ran on and theAmerican people endorsed.”

Rice Is Closer to Final Vote Of Senate ( »

  • Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told Rice that he assumed she was being evasive to keep the administration’s options open. “I think that the reason it’s hard to pin you down on an exit strategy or Iran or these other circumstances is you don’t want to bind this administration,” he said. ” ‘Trust us,’ I think is the message, ‘and we’ll make the best decisions.’ ” Obama urged Rice to demonstrate independence from the White House line, much as Powell had during his troubled tenure, when he was often at odds with Vice President Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. “I think that people felt that he was speaking on behalf of the American people and not simply being a mouthpiece for the administration,” Obama said.

January 20, 2005

Senate Democrats Extract Promise From Rice (AP) »

  • “Your predecessor had a reputation of being willing to maybe tell the president some things that he didn’t always want to hear,” Obama said. “I think he displayed a certain independence that was encouraging and I think that people felt that he was speaking on behalf of the American people and not simply being a mouthpiece for the administration.”

January 25, 2005

Probe: Poor Info Sharing Harms Security (AP) »

  • “We haven’t achieved the homeland security that the law requires us to achieve,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman , the top Democrat on the Senate committee that oversees the Homeland Security Department. “And therefore, in this sense, the name ‘high risk list’ takes on special, urgent meaning, more than the normal risk of financial failure or waste or fraud or abuse. The risk here is to the personal security of the American people at home.”

President Courts Blacks With Plans For 2nd Term ( »

  • “I believe that it is critically important that we work together with the president on behalf of the American people. When we disagree with the president, we will stand up and do so,” said Rep. Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), the caucus chairman.

January 26, 2005

Confirmation of Rice Appears Certain (AP) »

  • “Dr. Rice is responsible for some of the most overblown rhetoric that the administration used to scare the American people into believing that there was an imminent threat from Iraq,” Byrd said.

Bush Pushes Proposals for Social Security (AP) »

  • “I’m looking forward to taking the case to the American people,” Bush said at the first news conference of his second term.

RNC Seeks Donations to Push Bush Agenda (AP) »

  • “The president has great goals for our country: a growing economy, strong homeland and national defense, tort and Social Security reform and affordable health care. But we need your help to get the president’s message past the liberal media filter and directly to the American people,” wrote Mehlman, Bush’s 2004 campaign manager. Mehlman asked donors to give $25 or more.

January 27, 2005

Bush Describes ‘Ending Tyranny’ As Ideal, Not Shift ( »

  • Bush returned to the subject on his own a few minutes later: “Listen, the story today is going to be very discouraging to the American people. I understand that. We value life. And we weep and mourn when soldiers lose their life. But it is the long-term objective that is vital, and that is to spread freedom. Otherwise, the Middle East will continue to be a cauldron of resentment and hate.”

Bush Asks Patience From U.S. on Iraq War (AP) »

  • He said he lacked details about the helicopter crash in Iraq’s western desert. “The story today is going to be very discouraging to the American people,” Bush said. “I understand that. … But it is the long-term objective that is vital, and that is to spread freedom.”

Kennedy Calls for Troop Withdrawal in Iraq (AP) »

  • Kennedy, who has called Iraq “George Bush ‘s Vietnam,” drew parallels between that failed conflict and the current deadly battle against guerrilla insurgents. He said the United States must learn from the mistakes of Vietnam — which he termed a misguided war that carried on too long and was not honestly portrayed by officials to the American people.

Ashcroft: Nuke Threat the Largest Danger (AP) »

  • His greatest failure, Ashcroft said, was in not fully explaining to the American people early on just how the Patriot Act has helped in that war. Time will prove that the law has not been the threat to the Constitution seen by some, he said.

January 28, 2005

Democrats Bash Bush Social Security Plan (AP) »

  • White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan responded that the agency’s actions were appropriate. “The Social Security Administration plays an important role in educating the public and ensuring the American people understand the issues facing Social Security, and we would certainly expect they would continue to play that role,” she said.

January 30, 2005

Bush’s Remarks About Iraqi Elections (AP) »

  • On behalf of the American people, I congratulate the people of Iraq on this great and historic achievement.