ABC News’ Karen Travers Reports: After meeting with the Iraq Study Group this morning at the White House, President Bush said its report gives “a very tough assessment of the situation in Iraq” and pledged to act in a timely fashion on its proposals.
The President said his Administration will take every proposal seriously and urged Congress to do the same. He took no questions and none of the ISG members spoke.
“While they [Congress] won’t agree with every proposal, and we probably won’t agree with every proposal, it nevertheless is an opportunity to come together and to work together on this important issue.”
President Bush said the report provides an opportunity “to find common ground for the good of the county – not for the good of the Republican Party or the Democrat Party but for the good of the country.”
“The country, in my judgment, is tired of pure political bickering that happens in Washington. And they understand that on this important issue of war and peace it is best for our country to work together.”
The President thanked the group several times and noted that they could be doing many other things than coming back into government service.
“Our fellow citizens have got to know that it is possible for people of goodwill to come together to help make recommendations on how to deal with a very serious situation.”