In an interview with eight conservative columnists on Oct. 25, the president claimed that only 25 percent of Americans want U.S. troops pulled out of Iraq. But today’s Gallup poll says that 63% favor setting a timetable for withdrawal.
This afternoon I had the privilege of being one of eight columnists interviewing George W. Bush in the Oval Office. The others were Tony Blankley of the Washington Times, Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal, Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post, Lawrence Kudlow of CNBC, Kathleen Parker of the Orlando Sentinel, Mark Steyn of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Byron York of National Review-all conservatives of various stripes. Like many others who have been with Bush in the Oval Office, I have found him to be much more articulate and forceful in that setting than he often is in press conferences or in taking questions from traveling reporters. The interview was on the record, so we are posting an MP3 audio recording (High bandwidth | Low bandwidth) of the whole hour. I think you’ll find it compelling listening. It’s the closest thing many people will get to spending an hour or so in the Oval Office with the 43rd president.