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Press laughs at Ari Fleischer (english)
28 Feb 2003
Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary of the White House, who saw himself and the administration confronted with the accusation of bribing foreign governments on the UN Security Council into approving a war against Iraq on Feb 25th 2003, left the conference early when facing laughter from the assembled press.
In the video footage of the press conference, which is provided by C-SPAN, Fleischer is answering questions on the impending war on Iraq and defending the US administration against accusations of bribery and coercion.

On its climax, about 28 minutes into the stream, Fleischer is confronted with statements made by two US diplomats to the French press saying the US government was offering other nations on the Security Council quid pro quo, money or political concessions in exchange for approval of a military campaign against Iraq.

"But think about the implications of what you're saying. You're saying that the leaders of other nations are buyable. And that is not an acceptable proposition."

This sentence was followed by loud and ongoing laughter from the assembled press and had Ari Fleischer leaving the conference quickly.

You can see the video here:
http://video.c-span.org:8080/ramgen/edrive/iraq022503_whpb.rm

A buzzflash.com article that caught me on to this story:
http://www.buzzflash.com/analysis/03/02/26_Ari.html

A transcript on the White House website:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/02/20030225-9.html#18
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