Bush Nearly Kills Press Corp
I am not kidding.
Does President Bush have it in for the press corps? Touring a Caterpillar factory in Peoria, Ill., the Commander in Chief got behind the wheel of a giant tractor and played chicken with a few wayward reporters. Wearing a pair of stylish safety glasses--at least more stylish than most safety glasses--Bush got a mini-tour of the factory before delivering remarks on the economy. "I would suggest moving back," Bush said as he climbed into the cab of a massive D-10 tractor. "I'm about to crank this sucker up." As the engine roared to life, White House staffers tried to steer the press corps to safety, but when the tractor lurched forward, they too were forced to scramble for safety."Get out of the way!" a news photographer yelled. "I think he might run us over!" said another. White House aides tried to herd the reporters the right way without getting run over themselves. Even the Secret Service got involved, as one agent began yelling at reporters to get clear of the tractor. Watching the chaos below, Bush looked out the tractor's window and laughed, steering the massive machine into the spot where most of the press corps had been positioned.
Irresponsible asshole excuse for a President.
Hat tip to Shakes.
Update: The Duke of DeLand left this insame comment.
Perhaps if we can eliminate the ultra-liberal current press corp, then we'd get more even-handed reporting from the next batch.
Update: Copley News Service reporter Molly Parker confirms the Bush driving incident.
Before the tour, Rove chatted briefly with Caterpillar executives about whether Bush would drive one of the tractors. Rove reminded them Bush doesn't do much driving on his own these days and asked if Caterpillar's insurance was up to date.
"We figure he'll have a tendency to go to the right," quipped Tim Elder, director of corporate public affairs.
At the end, Bush, dressed in a bright blue shirt and without a tie, did indeed climb inside a "Black Iron Machine" bulldozer.
"I would suggest you move back. I'm about to crank this thing up," he told the gaggle of reporters following him. He moved it to the left and then the right, reporters scattering as he wheeled in their direction.
"I thought you were joking," one reporter yelled to the president. He just smiled and shrugged his shoulders.
That missive is neither pro-life or compassionately conservative. I read many blogs and comments and wonder what the fuck is wrong with these people.
I will add that not all conservatives think this way. Let's not label a total group of people over a few nuts.