"Staged Interview" -- The REAL Story
SGT Ron Long participated in the interview, and also has a very well done blog called They Call Us, "Doc".
Here's the REAL story, the one you probably DIDN'T read in the media.
"Yesterday, I (bottom right corner in the picture) was chosen to be among a small group of soldiers assigned to the 42ID's Task Force Liberty that would speak to President Bush, our Commander-in-Chief.
The interview went well, but I would like to respond to what most of the mass-media has dubbed as, "A Staged Event."
First of all, we were told that we would be speaking with the President of the United States, our Commander-in-Chief, President Bush, so I believe that it would have been totally irresponsible for us NOT to prepare some ideas, facts or comments that we wanted to share with the President.
We were given an idea as to what topics he may discuss with us, but it's the President of the United States; He will choose which way his conversation with us may go.
We practiced passing the microphone around to one another, so we wouldn't choke someone on live TV.
We had an idea as to who we thought should answer what types of questions, unless President Bush called on one of us specifically."
There's a lot more to SGT. Long's story, and you should go HERE to read the entire post.
To see the interview, you can go HERE.