After a 12-minute introductory statement, Bush did what he normally does at press conferences: He ducked the tough questions, and instead launched into long rambling rehashes of familiar talking points.
Asked why Americans should trust his vision for Iraq, given all the mistakes he has made thus far, Bush essentially blamed his commanders -- but then said that Americans should trust him because he relies on his commanders.
Asked if he was sufficiently realistic in his appraisal of Iraq, he said 'Yeah,' then talked at length about the threat posed by al Qaeda.
He repeated his inaccurate and misleading assertion that 'the same folks that are bombing innocent people in Iraq were the ones who attacked us in America on September the 11th.' (See for instance, this McClatchy story.)
And he generally argued that disagreeing with his policy is tantamount to undermining the troops and emboldening Al Qaeda.
The aura of the Presidency--and the willingness to pretend the bullshit is something else--appears to be in full ebb mode.