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Thursday, April 6, 2006

How did this guy get into one of Dubya's 'town halls'?

You just know that the head of some White House advance person or local GOP operative is going to roll after the real world intruded into one of the prez's carefully controlled 'town hall meetings.' Or maybe not. Perhaps what looks like a slip-up was really a calculated move to help the prez ditch his 'bubble boy' image. [Don't you just love the fact that figuring out what's going on inside Dubya's administration requires the same methods that used to be used to figure out what was going on in the Soviet leadership?]



Harry Taylor gives Dubya hell Thursday in Charlotte, NC.
Check out the expressions of the women in the front row.
[Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP]

Whichever finally turns out to be true, there's no doubt that Dubya's exchange with a North Carolina man broke the usual pattern of the prez's public appearances.

"While I listen to you talk about freedom, I see you assert your right to tap my telephone, to arrest me and hold me without charges, to try to preclude me from breathing clean air and drinking clean water," real estate broker Harry Taylor told Bush at a town hall meeting. "I have never felt more ashamed of nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington."

The audience at Central Piedmont Community College booed, but Bush seemed to take the criticism in stride.

"I'm not your favorite guy," the president said. "What's your question?"

Taylor didn't have one, but he wasn't finished.

"I feel like, despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration," he told Bush. "And I would hope, from time to time, that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself."

Bush defended his decision to authorize domestic eavesdropping in cases involving conversations between the United States and terrorist suspects or their associates in other countries.

"I'm not going to apologize for what I did on the terrorist surveillance program. ... Would I apologize for that? The answer is, absolutely not," he said to applause.

Via Knight Ridder Washington Bureau.

More: Someone's posted video of the exchange at Buzznet. You can watch it here.

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