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Beck Lauds Bush’s ‘Incredible Passion And Resolve’ After Personal Meeting At White House

By Amanda Terkel on August 2, 2007 at 12:39 am

"Beck Lauds Bush’s ‘Incredible Passion And Resolve’ After Personal Meeting At White House"

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Today, CNN Headline News’s right-wing host Glenn Beck had a personal “off-the-record” meeting with President Bush at the White House. Beck’s insights from this meeting include that Bush “is a man who personally feels the pain of every wounded hero” and has “incredible passion and resolve.” From Beck’s show tonight:

Let me tell you the whole story on this. He feels the pain of every wounded hero, every lonely, grieving parent this war has caused. He is a man who understands the heavy cost that we are paying, but who believes with every ounce of his being that we are in the fight for our very survival, a fight that’s importance can only be judged fairly decades from now, and I believe a fight he is willing to be judged harshly for until that time comes, even if he’s long dead.

I can also tell you that he’s — frustrated is not exactly the right word — hopeful, yet frustrated. He’s so frustrated that so many people are so myopic that they have lost sight of the forest through the trees.

Beck isn’t the first journalist to receive an exclusive meeting with President and walk away with nothing but superficial observations. In fact, Bush seems to exclusively invite journalists who won’t criticize him. The main insight New York Times columnist David Brooks was able to offer after a 110-minute meeting with Bush was that the President’s “self-confidence” is “remarkable.”

Beck also added that Bush specifically mentioned the work of Brookings Institution analyst Michael O’Hanlon to support his policies.

UPDATE: Video has been added. Achorn has more HERE.

Transcript:

BECK: But first, earlier today I had an opportunity to sit down in the Oval Office with the President of the United States for an honest, frank, off-the-record conversation about the war in Iraq and other things. The meeting happened just a few hours ago, so i’m still trying to digest everything and obviously remember everything.

I really couldn’t even take a pencil or piece of paper into the meeting. Tomorrow on the radio program I hope to be able tell you exactly what it is like to be an average schmo who grew up in his dad’s bakery sitting eye-to-eye with a guy you’ve both strongly supported and strongly challenged, and he’s the leader of the free world. It was a little strange. I hope you can join me on the radio tomorrow.

But tonight, I want to give you some of my initial reactions. Although I agreed to not quote him directly, I can tell you this, President Bush is a man who personally feels the pain of every lost soldier. Join me tomorrow. Let me tell you the whole story on this. He feels the pain of every wounded hero, every lonely, grieving parent this war has caused. He is a man who understands the heavy cost that we are paying, but who believes with every ounce of his being that we are in the fight for our very survival, a fight that’s importance can only be judged fairly decades from now, and I believe a fight he is willing to be judged harshly for until that time comes, even if he’s long dead.

I can also tell you that he’s — frustrated is not exactly the right word — hopeful, yet frustrated. He’s so frustrated that so many people are so myopic that they have lost sight of the forest through the trees. He’s frustrated that so many powerful forces that are truly at stake and who our enemies really are have lined up against the war on terror because it’s politically expedient.

But above all, I can tell you that the President has incredible passion and resolve. I have not seen this George W. Bush since he had a fire truck behind him and a bull horn in his hand. He was so clear-minded, he was focused. This is not the guy you see on television. Wolf Blitzer and I were talking about it before I went on the air. He has the same experience with him.

He is so focused and confident. He’s confident that the military he loves so much, the soldiers that he thinks of as his own family — I’m not kidding you — will not only win the hearts and minds of the iraqi people, but also the American ones as well.

Now, a name that did come up with the President today in our meeting is the name Michael O’Hanlon.

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