I like reading the quotes in the U.S. News & World Reports. You find people saying all sorts of interesting things. In the August 14-21, 2006 edition, we have the following Bush quote:
“Is that Sam Donaldson? Forget it. You’re a has-been. We don’t have to answer has-beens’ questions.”
The caption under it says, “President Bush, at a ceremony to close the old pressroom for renovation during which past media and White House press personalities like Donaldson, who shouted a question, appeared.”
My first thought was, “What was the question?”
My second thought was, “How could a President treat such a distinguished reporter that way? And he may not have to answer ‘has-beens” questions, but he need to answer Citizens’ questions, and Sam is a citizen.”
Well, thanks to the power of the Internet, I was able to see a live video recording of the event on YouTube The entire event was a funny event with the President calling himself a “Crackpot from Texas”. Based upon the video, everything was said in jest.Â I do not even think that Sam was asking a serious question but rather just going along with the mood.Â Yet, that is not what was communicated by the U.S. News & World Report blurb.