July 28th, 2007
04:29 PM ET
11 years ago

Bush alters radio address for Democrats

President Bush deleted a line of his address in deference to Democrats

WASHINGTON (CNN) - One sentence in President Bush's weekly radio address was deleted overnight after some Democrats privately complained that it was overly partisan on the explosive subject of reforming the administration's warrantless wiretap program, White House officials confirmed Saturday.

In the initial radio address, which was taped Friday, Bush charged that the country is less safe because of Democratic delays in passing legislation that would reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"Every day that Congress puts off these reforms increases the danger to our nation," the president originally said.

White House officials say that line of audio was deleted after Democrats saw a transcript of the remarks distributed Friday afternoon.

The extremely rare change to a taped address comes at the end of a week in which the White House faced a blizzard of questions about whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales committed perjury in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about the surveillance program.

White House officials have vehemently denied that Gonzales gave misleading testimony, and say Bush still wants his Attorney General to stay on the job.

A senior White House official suggested Saturday that the administration wanted to turn the temperature down on all the controversy and get reform legislation passed.

"We've been making good progress with the Democrats on this legislation," a senior White House official told CNN.

"Some of them felt the sentence sounded too political. Our sole objective has been to get the law changed - not to seek partisan advantage. So we were happy to make the requested change, particularly in light of Democrats' expressed determination to make necessary changes in law."

–CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Sharon Samson, Las Vegas, Nevada

    Every day Bush and Cheney are at the helm increases the danger to our nation.

    July 28, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. HAWK,TX.


    July 28, 2007 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  3. John Salsbury Ocean Park, WA

    Every time Gonzales has appeared on my TV screen, he has lied. The lies keep getting more obvious and larger in scale, and he and Georgie-girl sit straight-faced as if the mountain of lies is really misunderstood truth. While they obviously belong together, I would suggest a jungle habitat far away from other human contact. Gonzo is no damned good, and Georgie is worse. Best they are prevented from interacting with human beings.

    July 28, 2007 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Carrol Ann, Newport, Maine

    Just waiting for November 2008

    July 28, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. erika morgan black dimond wa

    Is this the first time Bush was altered because of facts on the ground?

    July 28, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  6. Cheryl Fontaine, Lake Stevens, WA

    Has that corrupt jerk in the White House got anything constructive to say, or is he going to leave the same way he came in – on a lie and a pack of lies. January 09 can't get here too soon!!

    July 28, 2007 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. Mrs. America

    Pres. Bush actually listened to someone? Mark your calendar!

    July 28, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  8. Pansycritter-Maple City NY

    They could remove the entire address and who would care or know? One sentence does not go far enough. Clean up our airwaves!

    July 28, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. PSK, Berkeley, California

    The real question is: Who put it there in the first place?

    July 28, 2007 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  10. Andre, New Brunswick, Canada

    It's obvious that Gonzales is protecting the White House that ordered the firings of the attorneys. The White House has to keep the control. If it does loose control, the people in charge will face the worse scandal ever to have hit the US political stage. The people who are trying to cover up Gonzales are the real criminal. Most people following a little bit of US politics will tell you the same thing.

    July 28, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  11. Lance, Los Angeles, CA.

    Libby? signing statements, habius corpus, torture, fear, clean air? every child left behind. 9 fired attorneys, 1 mired attorney general. Special prosecutor? dis-union, dissolution, discontent. voter fraud? election fraud. no blacks allowed. Tim Griffen, caging lists, Greg Palast, missing emails no longer. Orange alert, terror dry runs, 911 in Iraq, Iraq caused 911, huh?

    Impeach them, Impeach them, Impeach them. Do not wait, have mercy, take time, listen, look around, Impeach them, Impeach them. Stop, what's that sound?

    It's democracy, run aground.

    July 28, 2007 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    “Some of them felt the sentence sounded too political. Our sole objective has been to get the law changed — not to seek partisan advantage. So we were happy to make the requested change, particularly in light of Democrats’ expressed determination to make necessary changes in law.”

    Oh Give Me A Break Pluuueesssee How Gullible does this Administration think the World is?

    White House officials have vehemently denied that Gonzales gave misleading testimony, and say Bush still wants his Attorney General to stay on the job.

    Of Course when you paying someone it's easier to demand loyalty if you fire him he can say what he likes! Crystal Clear to me.

    DENY another favourite activity of this Administration!

    July 28, 2007 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Tom, everywhere USA

    you people that continue to put down our law abiding president are nothing more than whinning cry babbies and traitors! you should be whipped!

    God Bless the USA!

    July 28, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. lipper AMERICAN

    Tom......you are either kidding or a very sick person....please try to get some help for yourself.

    July 28, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  15. HAWK,TX.


    July 28, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. td

    You people bashing bush must be from the UK – you're a bunch of dope smoking, amoral, anti-American losers. You back people who got serviced in the oval office, get disbarred for lying, impeached, and you call us sick???Give me a break. If people like you were around during our early history we wouldn't even be here.

    July 28, 2007 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. bprosserme

    Well, you've got to speak to the lowest common denominator, every speaker knows that. Of course, Bush had to lower the comprehensive points of his speech for the Democrats.

    July 28, 2007 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    TO td (No Name, City, or State)

    If you want to tar and feather we the Anti Bush Critics – At least have the decency if not the courage to sign your name, city and state instead of hiding behind your mother's skirt as an Alias. Have the backbone to give your comments credence with a ligitmate name, like we Anti Bush critics have done.

    And just for the record: I too feel you must be living under ground if you see something good in the current leader of your Nation.

    July 28, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  19. Peggy K. Sam Rayburn Texas

    It looks like the main stream media is doing its job well. People are so mis-informed about our moral, courageous President. I feel so much safer knowing he continues to do what he believes is right, not what is popular. He's like a parent of teenagers – they often don't like their parents' strict standards, but later as they mature, they realize their parents were right and only doing what was best for them. Thanks God for President Bush.

    July 29, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  20. B. Boyer, Cadillac, MI

    To those of you who keep talking about impeaching the Shrub, I have two words for you to consider: DICK CHENEY!

    July 29, 2007 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  21. AS (D) - California

    Just waiting for January, 2009... Because anybody would be better than Bush.

    July 29, 2007 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  22. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    As an American citizen I wonder is Bush this stubborn or just blame stupid? He went through the ordeal with Rumsfeld for years in the end he had to go. With Gonzales in the end he has to go, what is wrong with this President?

    July 29, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  23. dan sluder, SLC, UT

    worst president ever....

    July 29, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  24. Sue, Midland, MI

    I think that history will show that Bush's crimes against this country you love are far more damaging that anything Clinton did. Let me see-while Clinton was in office, we were not at war, we had a SURPLUS, other countries respected us. Now, we have a deficit we may never climb out of, people around the world hate us, and we are mired in conflicts home and abroad. So who is more immoral, let alone flaunts the law? My goodness, what Clinton did was a personal flaw, but it basically hurt no one-what Bush and his cronies are doing hurts and endangers all of us.Your own party is turning against his lies. Wake up!

    July 29, 2007 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  25. Don, Irvine CA

    Ok you win I cant resist this bait. Here we go...

    YES: Clinton was disbarred, and
    YES: He was "serviced in the oval office."

    But, unless you employed him as your lawyer, or it was you who "serviced him" those events had no real bearing on your life. In fact I'd go so far as to say they were really none of your business. The real issue was the fact that he lied under oath to a judge, and then again on national television to us.

    I would think that any rational human being, such as yourself, who finds lying that repugnant would be furious at our current administration. They have repeatedly ignored direct requests made by the senate for information regarding things such as the decision making process that led up to the current Iraq War, warrentless wire tapping, and that whole CIA leak scandal.

    This country was founded because our ancestors hated paying taxes, and didn't like it when the government barged into their homes and went through their things. You can be damn sure that the people like you who were around during our early history, were all shot when they lined up with the redcoats. Keep your King and country I'll take the bill of rights and some good solid legislative oversight over a lot of patriotic bullpucky and a defacto despot any day.

    Oh and PS. Attempting to hijack the conversation by ripping on Clinton... priceless. Really... I didn't see it coming. Kudos to you.

    July 29, 2007 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
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