Bush is a masterful public speaker. His press conference tonight was yet another example of a lot of talking without saying anything. Watch as he pulls from his deep bag of tricks:

Offend a large portion of the worlds population
…that if you?re Muslim, or perhaps brown-skinned, you can?t be self-governing or free…

Answer a different question
QUESTION: Mr. President, why are you and the vice president insisting on appearing together before the 9/11 commission? …

BUSH: … And, secondly, because the 9/11 commission wants to ask us questions, that?s why we?re meeting. And I look forward to meeting with them and answering their questions.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) I was asking why you?re appearing together, rather than separately, which was their request.

BUSH: Because it?s a good chance for both of us to answer questions that the 9/11 commission is looking forward to asking us. And I?m looking forward to answering them.

Show ineptitude in simple tasks to deflect future, tougher, questions
QUESTION: … You?ve looked back before 9/11 for what mistakes might have been made. After 9/11, what would your biggest mistake be, would you say, and what lessons have learned from it?

BUSH: I wish you?d have given me this written question ahead of time so I could plan for it.

John, I?m sure historians will look back and say, gosh, he could?ve done it better this way or that way. You know, I just – I?m sure something will pop into my head here in the midst of this press conference, with all the pressure of trying to come up with answer, but it hadn?t yet.

This guy wants people to believe he can make the most important decisions in the world when he also feels tremendous pressure trying to deflect questions at a news conference? I’m glad he’s in control of the worlds most powerful military.

Ah, the contemporary art of debating. It’s more like a good game of bait-and-switch. As an answer to pretty much every question you can see the templatized list of points about terrorism, commitment to the war on terror, etc, etc. This is probably why a large portion of the population hates politics. It’s hard to not feel insulted when watching someone like this treat you like an idiot by thinking you don’t realize they’re not answering the questions being asked of them. I felt insulted just reading the transcript, and this guy’s not even my president and I’m not one of the “brown-skinned people” he decided to single out.

As a sidenote, I think there should be some international law against electing a major political figure who feels it’s ok to characterize a large portion of the worlds population by “brown-skinned people.” Geez.