Update [2005-6-28 19:37:15 by catnip]:

Courtesy of Raw Story:

Text of Bush’s Speech

Reid’s Response to Bush’s Speech

Dems Move DSM Speeches to Thursday


Well folks, we have two important events happening concurrently this evening in Washington, DC:

The first is Bush’s speech in which he’ll try to gain a few poll points by blathering on about “progress” and the “political process” in Iraq. (yawn/rage)

The second is a scheduled House discussion by Rep John Conyers et al that will involve the contents of the Downing Street Memo (DSM). (woohoo/you tell ’em!)

* Schedules:

  • Catch Bush at 6pm ET on C-SPAN 3.
  • The House procedings are being covered on C-SPAN. Please note: we have no confirmation at this time that Conyer’s dicussion (details here)) will actually be streamed live online, so cross your fingers.

there’s more…
If Conyers does receive online coverage, we’ll need people transcribing both events, so I thought I’d just put them in the same diary. I’d much rather watch the sanity in the House, but will most likely watch Bush’s speechifying.

Here are some pre-released Bush speech excerpts:

“Like most Americans, I see the images of violence and bloodshed. Every picture is horrifying and the suffering is real,” Bush will say, according to excerpts released ahead of time by the White House. “It is worth it.”

The president is expected to reject calls to set a timetable for withdrawing 135,000 American troops. Instead, he is expected to argue for maintaining the present two-pronged strategy: equipping Iraqi security forces to take over the anti-insurgency fight and helping Iraqi political leaders in the transition to a permanent democratic government.

“The work in Iraq is difficult and dangerous,” the president will say, according to the excerpts. “We have more work to do and there will be tough moments that test America’s resolve.”

There you go: it’s hard work. So, if you choose to forego the speech you already know, of course, that you won’t be missing much except maybe a migraine and a damn good reason to get drunk.

As for the DSM, the media is getting the message and it’s about time!

Please don’t post pics in this diary. If the comments accumulate to the point where a new diary is necessary, I’ll do a part 2.

Thank you!

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