Dodging the question is one of the most important (and most-used) weapons in a politician's arsenal: "I'm glad you asked that question. Let me answer by saying ..."
But President Bush has dispensed with this old trick. Having invited reporters to ask him questions on live television, Bush repeatedly told them that their questions would be better directed at someone else.
Q: How long will U.S. troops be in Iraq?
GWB: Ask Generals Abizaid and Casey.
Q: What's the broad framework for Social Security reform?
GWB: Ask Congress.
Q: Has the Iraq war improved the prospects for peace in the Middle East?
GWB: Go ask the Palestinians.
Every time he was confronted with a difficult question, Bush answered, Go ask someone else.