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Karen Hughes for Busy People

If you'd like to know what President Bush's once-and-future consigliere Karen Hughes had to say on Meet the Press this weekend, you can wade through the transcript or read my handy-dandy summary below.

MR. RUSSERT: Why did the President resist the creation of the September 11th Commission?

MS. HUGHES: He didn't.

MR. RUSSERT: Now he thinks it's a good idea.

MS. HUGHES: He always did.

MR. RUSSERT: But what about all this evidence that he opposed it?

MS. HUGHES: He didn't oppose it.

MR. RUSSERT: Why hasn't the President given a detailed account of his thoughts and actions before 9/11?

MS. HUGHES: He has.

MR. RUSSERT: Do you believe the President failed the American people on September 11?

MS. HUGHES: No one could have prevented 9/11.

MR. RUSSERT: You don't think any apology is necessary?

MS. HUGHES: That would be looking backward.

MR. RUSSERT: Will the White House release the Commission's report before the November election?

MS. HUGHES: I can't speak for the White House.

MR. RUSSERT: Do you think it's appropriate for the President's re-election campaign to use September 11?


MR. RUSSERT: Why did the White House insist that the President and the Vice-President appear before the Commission together?

MS. HUGHES: Because they're busy.

MR. RUSSERT: Was it appropriate for the President to stand in front of a "Mission Accomplished" banner last year given the 464 soldiers killed since then?


MR. RUSSERT: Will our failure to find weapons of mass destruction be an issue directed toward the President's credibility in this campaign?

MS. HUGHES: We may yet find them.

MR. RUSSERT: What do you think the President's biggest mistake has been?

MS. HUGHES: I can't think of one.


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