5,002. 5/1/2003

“On May 1 [2003], in a carefully choreographed event, the White House arranged for [President] Bush to land on a jet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Speaking under a huge banner that declared ‘Mission Accomplished,’ Bush proclaimed that ‘major combat operations’ in Iraq were over and that the United States had ‘prevailed.’ He was equally bullish in the hunt for weapons, saying the U.S. military had ‘begun’ the search and we ‘already know of hundreds of sites that will be investigated.’ ”

 – Michael Isikoff and David Corn, Hubris, Page 222

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