Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Bush's Snit-Fit on Irish TV

Remember last Friday that El Presidente was interviewed on Irish TV by Carole Coleman who pressed him with follow-up questions that he didn't like, and he got all testy?

Turns out that Bush had insisted on having the questions IN ADVANCE, which Carole Coleman dutifully supplied, so El Presidente knew exactly what she was going to ask. Kevin Drum comments on what then happened:

"It's unbelievable. We have a president who apparently feels uncomfortable doing an interview with a foreign journalist unless he knows beforehand what she's going to ask, and then behaves childishly when she actually follows up and insists on genuine answers to the prescripted questions instead of the usual talking point pabulum that the American press laps up. How dare she interrupt the president of the United States and demand real answers!"

Bush got so mad about the interview that an offer to make Laura Bush available for a separate session was withdrawn.

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