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Bush gets rude with a reporter (again)

Someone's been watching too much Project Runway
This has to be the weirdest of all Bush’s weirdass rude exchanges ("jokes") with reporters:
Bush had called on Helen Thomas, the 86-year-old columnist and former wire service reporter who occupies a seat in the front row of the press briefing room and poses tough questions when called upon. She thanked him, and Bush said: "It's kind of like dancing together, isn't it?''
Not really, interjected Ken Herman, a Washington-based reporter for Cox News and formerly the Austin, Tex., American-Statesman whom Bush has known since his days as governor of Texas. That's when Bush zeroed in on the tan and white suit that Herman had worn to the morning press conference.
"By the way, seersucker is coming back. I hope everybody gets it,'' said Bush, wearing a dark gray suit with a white shirt and blue tie.
Herman, rolling with the president's sartorial punch, called it "the summertime East Texas county commissioner look.''
When Bush vowed that he will stay out of the Connecticut Senate race, Herman pointed out that the president was born in Connecticut.
"I may be the only person -- the only presidential candidate -- who never carried the state in which he was born,'' Bush replied. "Do you think that's right, Herman? Of course, you would have researched that and dropped it out for everybody to see, particularly since I dissed that just ridiculous-looking outfit. ... I don't want anybody to know that I think it's ridiculous-looking. ''
Later, when the president formally called on Herman for a question, Herman rose, displaying his seersucker for all to see. "Go ahead,'' Herman said.
"I don't need to,'' Bush said, "now that you've stood up, and everybody can clearly see for themselves.''
And that was before Ken Herman drove Bush to agitated distraction by asking questions about the War on Terror like "A lot of the consequences you mentioned for pulling out seem like maybe they never would have been there if we hadn't gone in. How do you square all of that?"

Now, just to be clear...

This Man:



told this man:



he was wearing a “ridiculous-looking outfit.”

That is all.


(The Swamp)
Melissa McEwan writes and edits the blog Shakespeare's Sister.
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