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Iraq / Bush's Secret Mission / Other Presidents / Brinkley Interview #742770

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Nov 27, 2003
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(Studio: Carol Lin) Report introduced.

(Washington: Bruce Morton) Secret trips by presidents examined in light of President Bush's surprise visit to Iraq; scenes shown; examples cited of visits by Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon & the first George Bush. [In Baghdad, BUSH - jokes.] [Presidential historian Douglas BRINKLEY†- says a lot of secrecy & preparation was needed.]

(Studio: Carol Lin) Live interview held with University of New Orleans professor Brinkley about the Bush visit. [BRINKLEY - says this was the "right thing to do," but it is near-impossible to pull off such secrecy; states this trip was more dramatic than visits by Dwight Eisenhower & Lyndon Johnson & has dominated a slow news day on Thanksgiving; assesses the political risk of Bush linking his image to this war.]

Lin, Carol;
Morton, Bruce

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