Andrew Sullivan on the Charlie Gibson/George Bush interview: ”Perhaps the most striking aspect of president George W. Bush is his inability to actually take responsibility for anything. I’m not sure quite where this comes from – daddy, drink or denial, or some gruesome combination of the three…Observe the passive constructions. The description of others. “People in my administration.” “Prior to my arrival.” Everyone got it wrong but him, the one person ultimately responsible for getting it right.”
Hear George Bush, the out-going US president, talk about the economy, the campaign, Barack Obama and the war in Iraq. On the war, Bush said the biggest regret of his presidency was the “intelligence failure”.
On the election he said: “I’m sure some people voted for Barack Obama because of me. I think most people voted for Barack Obama because they decided they wanted him to be in their living room for the next four years explaining policy. In other words, they made a conscious choice to put him in as president.”
There will be more exit interviews over the next few weeks.
Here are excerpts from the first TV interview with Sarah Palin on ABC. She was interviewed on ABC’s World News Tonight on last night by Charlie Gibson. It is the first substantial interview Palin has given since she was nominated as vp. I took this from the ABC website:
‘Sarah Palin on Experience:
GIBSON: Governor, let me start by asking you a question that I asked John McCain about you, and it is really the central question. Can you look the country in the eye and say “I have the experience and I have the ability to be not just vice president, but perhaps president of the United States of America?”
PALIN: I do, Charlie, and on January 20, when John McCain and I are sworn in, if we are so privileged to be elected to serve this country, will be ready. I’m ready.
GIBSON: And you didn’t say to yourself, “Am I experienced enough? Am I ready? Do I know enough about international affairs? Do I — will I feel comfortable enough on the national stage to do this?”
PALIN: I didn’t hesitate, no.
GIBSON: Didn’t that take some hubris?
PALIN: I — I answered him yes because I have the confidence in that readiness and knowing that you can’t blink, you have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission, the mission that we’re on, reform of this country and victory in the war, you can’t blink.
So I didn’t blink then even when asked to run as his running mate.
GIBSON: But this is not just reforming a government. This is also running a government on the huge international stage in a very dangerous world. When I asked John McCain about your national security credentials, he cited the fact that you have commanded the Alaskan National Guard and that Alaska is close to Russia. Are those sufficient credentials?
PALIN: But it is about reform of government and it’s about putting government back on the side of the people, and that has much to do with foreign policy and national security issues Let me speak specifically about a credential that I do bring to this table, Charlie, and that’s with the energy independence that I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.