The Corner

RE DAN RATHER

You must remember this:

Rather: I want to ask questions in two categories, please. Category one would be those questions that I think many, if not most, of Americans would like to have answered about the news of right now. And in category two, more philosophical questions. …

Rather: Mr. President, I do appreciate your agreeing to spend an hour, because I want to ask questions in two categories, please. …

Rather: Mr. President, I have all night. (LAUGHTER) …

Rather: Yes, no, the translation is excellent. It’s superb. …

Rather: Mr. President, you’re being very patient with your time, and I want you to know I consider this a solemn moment in history, and, if I may, take time to have you speak to the American people about questions that I know are on their minds. I just want you to know that I appreciate your patience here….

Rather: Mr. President, I hope you will take this question in the spirit in which it’s asked. First of all, I regret that I do not speak Arabic. Do you speak any — any English at all? …

Rather: Well, would you speak some English for me? Anything you choose? …

Rather: I understand. Mr. President, again, you’ve been patient with your time. What is the most important thing you want the p – American people to understand? What’s the most important thing you want the American people to understand, at this important juncture of history? …

Rather: This – this is new. You — you are suggesting, you are saying, that you are willing, you are suggesting, you’re urging a debate with President Bush? On television?…

Rather: Well, that’s an interesting …

Rather: This is not a joke. …

Rather: Well, this surprises me. I want to make sure I understand. …

Rather: How did this — who — who would moderate this debate?

Rather: With respect, Mr. President, I have (UNINTEL) other problems. I’ve got enough problems already. But I —

Rather: Well — first of all, I want to be serious that I — I appreciate — your confidence – Mr. President. I’m pausing because I’m tempted to ask a favor of the president. [Editor’s note: Rather is referring to Saddam Hussein.] He has surprised me. I wonder for my good health if he could denounce me? (LAUGHTER) …

Rather: I have one last question, Mr. President. Not so long ago, you were clearly hailed by Arabs from Palestinians to Jordanians throughout the Arab world as the great Arab Avenger. Are you still relevant on the Arab street? Or has Osama bin Laden made you what other Arabs irrelevant? If you can understand the question. Thank you. …

Rather: Mr. President, you’ve been so patient with your time. I appreciate you (UNINTEL). And I’m gonna —

Rather: I would like very much to see you in the future, Mr. President.

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Clifford D. May — Clifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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