The President's Tell
When President Bush (or any of his spokespeople) is asked a hard question -- one which they have no good answer for -- he knows where to pass the buck:
The American people know my position, and that is, is that regime change is in the interests of the world.
The American people know that we're doing everything we can to protect the homeland, and run down these killers.
The American people know that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction.
Q: Do you worry that Enron creates a negative perception about you or your policies?
THE PRESIDENT: Our administration has done the exact right thing. There has been a couple of contacts with people in my Cabinet. And my Cabinet officers said, no help here. And we're starting an investigation before anybody started paying attention to Enron. Last December, Elaine Chao started an investigation of pensions. And I'm absolutely confident the American people know that my administration has acted the right way
Many more examples can be found in Google
). In looking for quotes I found this article in the Washington Post
from June 2002.
This is no verbal tic. By invoking the American people (not the informal "Americans") when confronted with a thorny issue or a hostile question, Bush and his aides give the impression that the matter is some inside-the-Beltway intrigue that is out of step with public opinion.
and of course in defending the decision to bar France, Germany, Russia and Canada from bidding on Iraqi contracts, he threw a little curveball
The taxpayers understand why it makes sense for countries that risk lives to participate in the contracts in Iraq.
Sure, I understand exactly why my taxes are given to Halliburton to overpay for gas -- so that they will contribute to your campaign, Mr. President.