"Newsweek's Richard Wolffe asked Bush exactly the question I would have asked:Yes, Mr. President, because most of your answers are so deep and thoughtful. Sigh
"QUESTION: Thank you, sir. A simple question.
"QUESTION: What's your definition of --
"BUSH: It may require a simple answer.
"QUESTION: What's your definition of the word torture?Me thinks thou protest a bit much...
"BUSH: Of what?
"QUESTION: The word torture, what's your definition?
"BUSH: That's defined in U.S. law, and we don't torture.
"QUESTION: Can you give me your version of it, sir?But he knows we don't do it? Is he deluded or is he simply lying?
"BUSH: No. Whatever the law says.""
Later, this funny moment:
Baker asked if Bush should get tougher with Putin -- and "what it would mean for Russian democracy if, when you leave power -- assuming you do in January 2009 -- (laughter) -- that Vladimir Putin is still in power?"Yes, that is true. Some of them only give their interviews to Fox or hide in "townmeetings" with the 24% of America who thinks Bush is still great.
Bush responded vaguely: "My leadership style has been to try to be in a position where I actually can influence people. And one way to do that is to have personal relationships that enable me to sit down and tell people what's on my mind, without fear of rupturing relations."
Bush added that Putin doesn't like it. "You know, nobody likes to be talked to in a way that may point up different flaws in their strategy."