Friday | March 07, 2003
Reviews are in: Bush sucked
Boy, don't expect any more press conferences from this president. Early reaction to last night's press conference are decidedly negative.
First of all comes the Washington Times (!) noting Bush's snub of the doyenne of the press corps, Helen Thomas, and the Washington Post's Mike Allan.
A long-running Washington tradition apparently ended last night when, for the first time in memory, the doyenne of the White House press corps was not called on in a presidential press conference.A competent president would seek out the tough questions -- proving by force of argument the truthfulness of his position. This is somethig Blair does almost weekly. Instead, Bush punishes any dissent (read: "real journalism") and coddles the weakest amongst the press corps. That group has to be the laughing stock of the journalism world.
Bush fanatic Andrew Sullivan, in between bashing France, Germany, and Russia, had this to say:
The spin is that he was trying to look calm and reassuring. I just thought he looked wiped. There were moments when he almost seemed catatonic with fatigue.Ha ha! As if Bush is runninng around the UN corridors trying to round up votes. That's what the State Department is for. Bush makes the occasional phone call, and he's bushed? I guess when you have to make an excuse for your president's pathetic performance, might as well spin it into another anti-UN diatribe.
The WP's "style columnist" Tom Shales was also not impressed:
George W. Bush kept seeming to lose interest in his own remarks last night as the president did that rarest of rare things -- for him -- and held a prime-time news conference. Televised live on all the major networks from the East Room of the White House, the occasion found Bush declaring this to be "an important moment" for America and the world, yet he spoke with little urgency and no perceptible passion.Like I said, after this performance expect Rove to put an end to these things. It's clear our president can't handle anything so simple as answering questions a seventh-grade debate student could handle with ease.
(Via Political Wire)Posted March 07, 2003 07:35 AM | Comments (74)