I am reminded of these past examples of fine judgement:
President Bush: "Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?"
Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times: "I can take them off."
"I'm interested in the shade look, seriously."
Wallsten: "All right, I'll
keep it, then."
Bush: "For the viewers, there's no sun."
guess it depends on your perspective."
--an exchange with
legally blind reporter Peter Wallsten, to whom Bush later apologized,
Washington, D.C., June 14, 2006
"As you can
possibly see, I have an injury myself -- not here at the hospital, but in combat
with a cedar. I eventually won. The cedar gave me a little scratch. As a matter
of fact, the Colonel asked if I needed first aid when she first saw me. I was
able to avoid any major surgical operations here, but thanks for your
compassion, Colonel." --George W. Bush, after visiting with wounded veterans
from the Amputee Care Center of Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas,
Jan. 1, 2006
At a black-tie dinner for journalists, Mr Bush narrated a
slide show poking fun at himself and other members of his administration.
One pictured Mr Bush looking under a piece of furniture in the Oval
Office, at which the president remarked: "Those weapons of mass destruction have
got to be here somewhere." After another one, showing him scouring
the corner of a room, Mr Bush said: "No, no weapons over there," he said.
And as a third picture, this time showing him leaning over, appeared on
the screen the president was heard to say: "Maybe under here?"