President Bush will deliver a rare (for him) television address, a Monday night talk on immigration reform.

Is it too cynical to ask whether he’s wagging the dog to distract attention from the NSA phone record issue? Is it possible to be too cynical about Bush’s motives?

N.Y. Times:

WASHINGTON, May 12 ? President Bush will use a television address on Monday night to offer new proposals to spur passage of legislation that could put millions of illegal immigrants on the path to American citizenship, the White House said today.

Mr. Bush will speak from the Oval Office beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time and is expected to propose new enforcement measures along the United States’ border with Mexico, including the use of additional troops. The White House spokesman, Tony Snow, said the president would speak for about 20 minutes, and that television networks had been asked to carry the speech live.

“This is crunch time,” Mr. Snow told reporters this morning.


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