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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Thursday, October 14, 2004

    Osama who? And other `facts' 

    President Bush misstated his share of facts in Debate No. 3. None, however, was more stunning than his denial of having said he wasn't all that concerned about Osama bin Laden. Sen. John Kerry's criticism of Bush for switching the focus of the war on terrorism from bin Laden to Iraq included this statement: ``Six months after he said Osama bin Laden must be caught dead or alive, this presidnet was asked. `Where's Osama bin Laden?' He said: `I don't know. I don't really think about him very much. I'm not that concerned.''' Rather than explaining that the context in which he made the statement was that bin Laden could not elude U.S. forces forever (he has so far), the president played it cute: ``Gosh,'' he said, ``I don't think I ever said I wasn't worried about Osama bin Laden. Than't kind of one of those exaggerations.'' Actually, it kind of isn't, to use the president's English (no relation to the King's English). At a news conference on March 13, 2003, President Bush said just what Kerry said he had. Must have slipped the president's mind, much as bin Laden has slipped U.S. efforts to bring him to justice for the 9/11 attacks.

    Kerry made his share of misstatements, including incorrectly accusing the president of never meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. As Glenn Kessler and Mike Allen of The Washington Post wrote: ``Facts took a holiday in last night's presidential debate...'' Here are some other places you can check out this very fact:

    - The Associated Press.

    - Cox News Service from the Dayton Daily News.

    - USA Today.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 11:01 AM

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