May 24, 2004
But the private reviews among some in the room were less gushing. Some lawmakers checked e-mail on their BlackBerrys or read newspapers on their laps while Bush rambled “on and on and on with a stream-of-thought speech that lasted 35 minutes,” groused a G.O.P. Representative, adding that the applause afterward was only “polite.” Others were miffed that Bush took no questions — even though microphones had been set out in the audience for the lawmakers — and said nothing at all about the prison-abuse scandal. Instead, he pleaded for patience on the war with “the same boilerplate speech we’ve heard before,” said a G.O.P. Senator.
That was about his pep rally last week. Sounds about right for this one too.
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