Friday, September 15, 2006
Number of "laughter episodes" noted today in the official White House transcript of the President's morning press conference: 16
There was also this:
THE PRESIDENT: Let's see, New York Times, Sheryl.For the record, I'm pretty sure that was Sheryl Gay Stolberg embarrassing herself, her employer and her profession.
Q Hi, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Fine. How are you doing?
Q I'm well today, thank you. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: Did you start with, hi, Mr. President?
Q Hello, Mr. President.
THE PRESIDENT: Okay, that's fine. Either way, that's always a friendly greeting, thank you.
Q We're a friendly newspaper.
UPDATE: A couple more choice snippets:
Q Recently you've also described bin Laden as a sort of modern day Hitler or Mussolini. And I'm wondering why, if you can explain why you think it's a bad idea to send more resources to hunt down bin Laden, wherever he is?And this:
THE PRESIDENT: We are, Richard...Pakistan is a sovereign nation. In order for us to send thousands of troops into a sovereign nation, we've got to be invited by the government of Pakistan.
THE PRESIDENT: When I work the ropelines, a lot of people come and say, Mr. President, I'm praying for you--a lot. As a matter of fact, it seems like a lot more now than when I was working ropelines in 1994.No kidding.