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Iraq / Bush's Secret Visit #742735

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 27, 2003
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) Reports introduced.

(Baghdad: Jeffrey Kofman) President Bush's top-secret visit with the troops in Iraq featured; scenes shown from Baghdad International Airport of Bush with the soldiers. [Before the troops, BUSH - thanks the soldiers for their service; states we will not retreat; tells the Iraqi people to rebuild their country.] [S/Sgt. Mary DAVIS, Sgt. Bernie CAMARILLO - praise the president for coming.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Crawford, Texas: Kate Snow) The cover story behind the president's secret trip to keep the journey quiet featured; scenes shown from his ranch in Crawford, Texas; details given of the timetable of Bush's moves from Texas to Baghdad. [In Iraq, BUSH - says thanks for inviting me to dinner.] [Coalition forces in Iraq commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo SANCHEZ†- talks about what was done.]

(Studio: Charles Gibson, George Stephanopoulos) The White House reaction to the plan to fly to Iraq for Thanksgiving & the plusses & minuses of the trip discussed.

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Report introduced.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The historical precedents of secret presidential trips examined; scenes shown of Bush holding the turkey & shaking hands with soldiers in Baghdad; examples cited of other secret trips. [Presidential historian Michael BESCHLOSS†, Middle East analyst Toby DODGE†- offer perspective on the president's trip.] [September 2001, Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - quotes Winston Churchill about government truth needing to be accompanied by "a bodyguard of lies."]

(Studio: Charles Gibson) Anecdote told about Air Force One being passed in flight by a British plane.

Gibson, Charles;
Kofman, Jeffrey;
Snow, Kate;
Stephanopoulos, George;
Tapper, Jake

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