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Bin Laden helped me

CNN.com - Bush: Bin Laden helped me, book says - Feb 28, 2006:

"WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- President Bush said his 2004 re-election victory over Sen. John Kerry was inadvertently aided by Osama bin Laden, The Washington Examiner newspaper reported Tuesday.

The al Qaeda leader had issued a taped diatribe against Bush the Friday before Americans went to the polls.

Bush said there were 'enormous amounts of discussion' inside his campaign about the 15-minute tape, which he called 'an interesting entry by our enemy' into the presidential race.

Bush's comments in the Washington newspaper were excerpts from the new book 'Strategery' by Bill Sammon, a longtime White House correspondent.

'What does it mean? Is it going to help? Is it going to hurt?' Bush told Sammon of the bin Laden tapes.

'Anything that drops in at the end of a campaign that is not already decided creates all kinds of anxieties, because you're not sure of the effect.

'I thought it was going to help,' Bush said.

'I thought it would help remind people that if bin Laden doesn't want Bush to be the president, something must be right with Bush.'"

Good thing bin Laden was still around to give Bush a helping hand, wasn't it? Would have been a shame if Bush had managed to smoke him out of that hole in Tora Bora.


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