“[Our enemies] never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
No one in Bush’s audience of military brass or Pentagon chiefs reacted.
The president was working his way toward a larger point. “We must never stop thinking about how best to defend our country. We must always be forward-thinking,” he said.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush’s misstatement “just shows even the most straightforward and plain-spoken people misspeak.”