During an interview on ABC’s This Week, President Bush today tried to distance himself from what has been his core strategy in Iraq for the last three years. George Stephanopoulos asked about James Baker’s plan to develop a strategy for Iraq that is “between ’stay the course’ and ‘cut and run.’”

Bush responded, ‘We’ve never been about stay the course, George!’
Here’s a video of the interview.

Oh really, George?

From Whitehouse.gov:

(bush)

And we will stay the course in order to achieve this objective.

October 27, 2003

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(bush)

You know, I told the family how much we appreciated his sacrifice — he was killed in Iraq — and assured him that we would stay the course

And we’ve got to stay the course, and we will stay the course

April 5, 2004

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(Scott McClellan)

The Vice President, last night, expressed condolences to President Ciampi who arrived in Washington, yesterday. Getting back to the call, though, the two leaders reaffirmed their strong commitment to stay the course in Iraq

But it’s important that we stay the course and finish the job — and that’s what the President has continued to say — and let the Iraqi people know that we are going to stay the course,

We will stay the course, we will prevail, and they will be defeated.

And that’s why it’s important to continue to stay the course and prevail. And we will.

November 13, 2003

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(Scott McClellan)

We will stay the course.

And we will stay the course because this is important for the future of the Iraqi people…

And it’s important that we continue to stay the course.

it’s important that we stay the course and finish our work and continue to work with the Iraqi people to help them realize a better future.

…and it’s important that we continue to stay the course and finish the job in Iraq.

October 29, 2003

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(bush)

We will stay the course, we will help this young Iraqi democracy succeed,

August 30, 2006

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(Scott McClellan)

It’s important that we stay the course and help the Iraqi people

The President will continue to stay the course

and we must stay the course and finish the job in Iraq

April 21, 2004

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(bush)

We will stay the course.

April 6, 2004

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(bush)

our Nation will stay the course, and we will prevail.

December 5, 2003

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(Scott McClellan )

it’s important that we continue to stay the course

December 1, 2003

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(bush)

I was able to assure them that we were going to stay the course

we will stay the course until the job is done.

I’m here to tell you we’re going to stay the course.

November 27, 2003

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