From the Q&A following Bush’s speech in Cleveland today:
QUESTION: Thank you for coming to Cleveland, Mr. President, and to the City Club.
My question is that author and former Nixon administration official Kevin Phillips in his latest book, “American Theocracy,” discusses what has been called radical Christianity and its growing involvement into government and politics. He makes the point that members of your administration have reached out to prophetic Christians who see the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism as signs of the Apocalypse.
Do you believe this, that the war in Iraq and the rise of terrorism are signs of the Apocalypse?
And if not, why not?
BUSH: The answer is I haven’t really thought of it that way.