January 27, 2006


Bush full of jokes, good humor with press (Nedra Pickler, January 27, 2006, Associated Press)

Bush was full of quips during the 45-minute news conference, poking fun at the media and deflecting some of the heat when questioning got intense.

Yes, Bush acknowledged, he had his picture taken with admitted criminal Jack Abramoff.

"Having my picture taken with someone doesn't mean that I'm a friend with him or know him very well," he said. "I've had my picture taken with you at holiday parties."

Another reporter pointed out that accusations of Abramoff's influence went beyond the photographs to questions of why he met with the president's top aides.

The White House has refused to disclose just how often or why Abramoff was there, and Bush wasn't about to, either. He returned to jokes about the pictures.

"I mean, people, it's part of the job of the president to shake hands with people and smile," he said. He said he would turn over records about Abramoff's meetings at the White House only to federal prosecutors if they suspected something inappropriate.

When a radio reporter asked the president again to never mind the photographs, just talk about lobbyists' influence on the White House, Bush interrupted: "Easy for a radio guy to say."

The press somehow manages to convince itself that Mr. Bush avoids them because he or his staff are afraid he can't handle them and then at every press conference he plays them like a fiddle.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2006 9:32 AM

The talking heads on the left were all over themselves last night to claim that Bush was hypnotized by the swaying of the microphone support bracket that came loose during the press conference, implication being any bright, shiny moving this can distract this moron, and a Democratic president would have either ignored it, or climbed up and fixed it him or herself (On the other hand, the slowed down tape of Bush talking on the Late Late Show was funny, but no one thinks he speaks very smoothly at normal speed to begin with).

Posted by: John at January 27, 2006 9:58 AM

There are lobbyists for all points of view on every issue. Obviously some of them are going to be lucky enough to agree with the direction the administation takes on some issue. Bush should just say that as far as he's concerned he's the chief lobbyist for the American people. And let's be honest, most of those reporters are pretty much lobbyists for a certain ideolgoy anyway.

Posted by: RC at January 27, 2006 10:30 AM

He is not near enough mean to them. He should just say things like: "We have beaten that subject to death," and "Was that a question?"

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 27, 2006 11:26 AM

he should ask them how their audience numbers are doing, and what they are going to do when the MSM implodes into a neutron coprophage.

Posted by: toe at January 27, 2006 11:46 AM

All he needs to do is ask David Gregory or Terry Moran if they have submitted their resumes to FOX yet. The rest will take care of itself.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 27, 2006 2:39 PM

I was pleased to see that Bush did not call on Helen "The Crazy Aunt in the Attic" Thomas.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 27, 2006 2:46 PM

she's been dead for several years, but it's kind of hard to tell.

Posted by: toe at January 27, 2006 3:50 PM