The press conference turned out to be livelier than expected. I’ll be adding more video to the open-thread post, but this gets its own space.


Reporter: Mr. President, you spoke about missteps and mistakes in Iraq. Could I ask both of you which missteps and mistakes of your own you most regret?

Bush: Sounds like kind of a familiar refrain here. Saying “bring it on.” Kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people. But I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner. You know, “wanted dead or alive.” That kind of talk. I think in certain parts of the world it was misinterpreted. And so I learned from that. You know, I think the biggest mistake that’s happened so far, at least from our country’s involvement in Iraq, is Abu Ghraib. We’ve been paying for that for a long period of time. Unlike Iraq, however, under Saddam, the people who committed those acts were brought to justice. They’ve been given a fair trial, been tried, and convicted.

Update: As expected, the Times and Reuters lead with Bush’s admission of mistakes. For video highlights of the other 50+ minutes of the press conference, see here.

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