There's a reason they don't let him speak on TV much.
THE PRESIDENT: A free Iraq in the midst of the Middle East is an important part of spreading peace. It's a region of the world where a lot of folks in the past never thought democracy could take hold.
Because he hasn't thought of anything new to say since his last prime time press conference, last April:
Some of the debate really centers around the fact that people don't believe Iraq can be free; that if you're Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can't be self-governing or free. I'd strongly disagree with that.
Or maybe I have it wrong. Maybe that's the reason they let him speak on TV at all; he never says anything new.
THE PRESIDENT: On the other hand, the experts tell me that the forecast of economic growth in the coming months looks good. There's more to do to make sure that we don't slip back into slow growth or negative growth. One is to make sure taxes stay low; secondly, is to continue to pursue legal reform. I hope we can get an asbestos reform bill out of both the House and the Senate. There's some positive noises on Capitol Hill as to whether or not we can get an asbestos reform bill. That will be an important reform in order to make sure that our economy continues to grow.
Well, I don't know why he even bother mentioning it. Everyone knows that the most important thing to do to keep the economy going is to make sure that companies aren't held liable for poisoning their workers.
I think there's another way to help the economy. In fact, I know there is, I just can't think of it...
THE PRESIDENT: Final question. Hutch. I don't want to cut into some of these TV shows that are getting ready to air. (Laughter.) For the sake of the economy. (Laughter.)
Oh right. Asbestos and making sure people watch Desperate Housewives. Sounds like a stimulus package to me.
Q I wanted to ask you about your ideas on dealing with Social Security solvency problems. As I understand it -- I know you'll tell me if I'm wrong -- the benefits would be equal to what -- at least equal to what they are today, and then any increase in benefits would be indexed according to income, with lower-income people getting bigger increases. Two things on that: Today's benefits probably won't mean much somewhere down the road; and how far are you going to go with this means-based program? Are you talking about --
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I appreciate that.
Q -- where a rich person, say, Dick Cheney, wouldn't get much out of it?
THE PRESIDENT: Now, wait a minute, don't get personal here, Hutch. You're on national TV; that's a cheap shot.
Dick Cheney's rich!? You're kidding! I thought the CEO of Halliburton was paid minimum wage. Next you'll be telling me that his daughter is a lesbian.
At this point, I'll be willing to make a trade with republicans. I'll stop demanding that he talk to the press more and be held accountable if they'll just admit that he doesn't have a fucking clue what he's talking about. Any takers?