Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Did I fall asleep?
'This Country Has Many Challenges' January 28, 2003 By KOMO Staff & News Services WASHINGTON - President Bush, girding the nation for war, said Tuesday in his State of the Union address that Saddam Hussein has shown "utter contempt" for the world community and must be held to account. Bush also pledged to help the ailing economy with lower taxes and a stronger health care system. "The dictator of Iraq is not disarming. To the contrary, he is deceiving," the president said. For the first time since the Sept. 11 attacks transformed him into a wartime president, Bush faced serious questions about his leadership as he addressed the nation. Most Americans don't approve of his handling of the economy, polls show, and only a bare majority support his foreign policies - an area where the president enjoyed support of more than 80 percent a year ago. "This country has many challenges. We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, other presidents and other generations," Bush said in excerpts released by the White House. In the 9 p.m. EST address to Congress and a global television audience, the White House said Bush was drawing from recently unclassified intelligence to argue that even U.N. inspections can't contain the threat posed by Iraq's hidden weapons of mass destruction and its terrorist allies unless Saddam Hussein has a sudden change of heart. Bush fears Iraq could give chemical or biological weapons to terrorists, aides said.
One problem. It is now, by my clock, 7:31 PM EST. Which means that Bush won't be giving his speech for another hour and a half. Did Marty and the Doc fire up the DeLorean?


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