Bush obeys Helen Thomas

I'm sure I don't have to remind you that back during the Fall of '03 Bush told Brit Hume that he doesn't read the newspapers, he just "[glances] at the headlines."

Helen Thomas wrote:


"He walks into the Oval Office in the morning, Bush said, and asks [chief of staff Andy] Card: 'What's in the newspapers worth worrying about? I glance at the headlines just to kind of (get) a flavor of what's moving,' Bush said. 'I rarely read the stories,' he said."
After running through the reading habits of other, more literate presidents (Jefferson "would rather have newspapers without government than government without newspapers"), Thomas concludes that:
"Bush is missing a lot by getting the news filtered by his staff. If he read a newspaper every day he would be sharing an experience with most Americans. Otherwise, he's just out of the loop."
Well hallelujah! Bush is back in the loop. From the Tonight Show:
MRS. BUSH: We get up really early. We get up about 5:30 a.m. He goes in and gets the coffee and we drink coffee and read the newspapers. That's been our ritual our whole married life.
Leno catches the same thing and nibbles:
Leno: Now, didn't I read your husband says he doesn't read the newspapers? Because I've done a lot of jokes about that.
MRS. BUSH: He only reads -- he does read the newspaper, of course. Just not the reporters that follow him.

Leno: Oh, okay. (Laughter.) Now, why is that?
MRS. BUSH: Because he says he doesn't want to be mad at them the next day. Also, because he was there at the event, so he doesn't need to really read their coverage of it.
Leno: Oh, okay. (Laughter.) Now, do you work out?
Ahh yes, it's just the ones that cover him. Silly me, I believed him when he said that "the best way to get the news is from objective sources. And the most objective sources I have are people on my staff who tell me what's happening in the world."

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