W has done it again. This time the leader of the free world stood in front of a big screen tv reading lines from a paper in a badly executed propagenda act. Bush converses with rehearsed troops in Iraq via video.
Before the president spoke via a video link, his event planners hand-picked 10 soldiers from the Army's 42nd Infantry and one Iraqi soldier, told them what topics the president would ask about and watched them briefly rehearse their presentations before going live.
The soldiers did not disappoint. Each one praised the president, the war and the progress in training Iraqi troops. Several spoke in a monotone voice, as if determined to remember and stay on script.
It got more hilarious when white house pr guy answered journalist questions: "are you saying it was not rehearsed. Reuters has a story
During the practice session before Bush entered the room, a senior Pentagon official, Allison Barber, stood at the podium and queried the troops about topics the president later asked about, including the training of Iraqis and the level of progress. At her prompting, the soldiers raised their hands when the topic they were to answer came up.
Barber insisted later the questions were not rehearsed. The military had been told ahead of time only about topics the president might want to talk about, not specific questions.
"We just knew broad themes," Barber said.