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Bush / The Oval Office / The Speech / Backstage #812641

NBC Evening News for Monday, Dec 12, 2005
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(Washington: Brian Williams) NBC News exclusive report on a day with President Bush, including a visit at the White House, introduced; scenes shown from the Oval Office, of the motorcade in Philadelphia and behind the scenes at the Council on World Affairs meeting. [In the Oval Office, BUSH – reacts to a “Newsweek” report that he is in a bubble; says he is very aware of what’s going on.]

(White House: David Gregory) Bush’s speech on the situation in Iraq, in which he estimated the number of Iraqi dead in the war for the first time, featured; details given about the continuing sectarian violence as Iraqi elections approach. [BUSH - says 2005 will be recorded as a turning point in the history of Iraq & the Middle East; says about 30,000 Iraqi citizens have died.] [Middle East expert Shibley TELHAMI†- notes many Iraqis’ perception that the government is their enemy.] [Representative John MURTHA – says the Iraqis are against our occupation.] Bush’s defense of his efforts to link the 9/11 attacks to Iraq noted.

(Washington: Brian Williams) A discussion held with Bush about the war in Iraq and the US economy. [In Philadelphia, BUSH – comments on anti-war protests; says we’re winning; responds to the debate over troop levels; comments on Iraqi oil revenues; comments on the controversy over torture; assesses the state of the economy.] The start of voting in Iraq noted; scenes shown. The beginning tomorrow of a series on Iraq mentioned.

Williams, Brian;
Gregory, David

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