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Editor’s note: Each week, WorldNetDaily White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asks the tough questions no one else will ask. And each week, WorldNetDaily brings you the transcripts of those dialogues with the president and his spokesman. If you’d like to suggest a question for the White House, submit it to WorldNetDaily’s exclusive interactive forum MR. PRESIDENT!
At today’s White House news briefing, I asked Presidential Press Secretary Ari Fleischer:
- Q: The president is not only a national role model, but a father. And he’s taken numerous stands on behalf of good morality. Now, Baltimore’s cardinal, Archbishop William Keeler, has taken a strong stance supporting zero tolerance of pedophile priests. And my question: As a devout Christian and father, the president agrees with the cardinal on this, doesn’t he, Ari?
MR. FLEISCHER: Lester, you’ve heard the president speak about this himself, where he – where the President …
Q: So he does agree?
MR. FLEISCHER: … where the President, as he talked to the pope about [it] as well, expressed his faith that the Church is going to be able to move forward to address what’s been a very sensitive and important issue.
I then posed my second question to Fleischer:
- Q: The Wall Street Journal, in an extensive article yesterday asked … In Peru, President Bush raised the case of Lori Berenson. If an American woman convicted of aiding guerrillas is worthy of the president’s expressed concern, shouldn’t he be able to say something about the two daughters of Pat Roush of Illinois, who, after she was given custody of these daughters when divorcing her Saudi Arabian husband, he kidnapped these two daughters and took them to Saudi Arabia. My question is, surely the president won’t ignore this, will he, Ari?
MR. FLEISCHER: Lester, as happens in nine times out of 10 on your questions, that’s the first I’ve heard of this. If I have any information –
Q: It’s a huge article, Ari.
MR. FLEISCHER: If I have any information, I’ll try to share it.
Q: Will you take the question and come back with this?
MR. FLEISCHER: I’ll let you know if I take the question.
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