Thursday, July 13, 2006
Quote of the week
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."
Bush: "I'm interested in the shade look, seriously."
Wallsten: "All right, I'll keep it, then."
Bush: "For the viewers, there's no sun."
Wallsten: "I 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
There have been rare moments in which I have actually liked -- yes, LIKED George W. Bush.
This is one of them.
And for a moment I'd thought that this was another.
But apparently Bush was not sharing a gag, here -- he actually had no idea Wallsten was blind, and was simply mocking him because he was a reporter, as he mocks every other reporter.
It's weird, because watching the video clip -- a couple times -- it seems so obvious that Bush knew he was blind, and THUS IT WAS FUNNY. If he didn't know -- which apparently he did not -- it's not funny at all, just distracting and evasive and rude and stupid.
Which makes me hate the son of a bitch again.