On this, the day before the 5th anniversary of President Bush declaring "Mission Accomplished" from the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino looks to finally clarify exactly what the President meant when she was asked how he would commemorate his declaration of the ending of the conflict.
PERINO: President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific, and said, Mission Accomplished For These Sailors Who Are On This Ship On Their Mission. And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year.
So they couldn't fit "Mission Accomplished For These Sailors Who Are On This Ship On Their Mission" on the banner and had to shorten it? Well that explains everything, It took 5 years but now I finally understand.