CBS’s Bill Plante reports that the Bush Administration tried to defend use a banner with the phrase “mission accomplished.”
“It was just five years ago tonight that we first saw the phrase ‘mission accomplished.’ and it began to be used to describe the war. At first in triumph, but later in jest. Landing on the ‘USS Abraham Lincoln’ 100 miles off the california coast, president bush welcomed the homeward bound sailors, seeming to suggest that the war was all but over. “
“Above the president on the ship’s superstructure a huge banner proclaiming ‘mission accomplished.’ The white house first denied having anything to do with it, but later admitted it supplied the sign at the request of the ship’s crew citing the end of their 10-month mission. “
This video is from CBS’s Early Show, broadcast May 1, 2008.