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Friday, June 16, 2006 

Open Mouth, Insert Foot (President and the Press Corps)

Getting tough with the White House Press Corps, the President ardently stood up to one particular member:

(AP) Bush called on Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten and asked if he was going to ask his question with his "shades'' on.

"For the viewers, there's no sun,'' Bush said to the television cameras.

Unfortunately, the President was having another session of bad "strategery" by his press conference prep-team as the man was wearing medical sunglasses due to sever vision loss:

But even though the sun was behind the clouds, Wallsten [the reporter in question] still needs the sunglasses because he has Stargardt's disease, a form of macular degeneration that causes progressive vision loss. The condition causes Wallsten to be sensitive to glare and even on a cloudy day, can cause pain and increase the loss of sight.
While President Bush did issue an official apology... it makes you wonder whats next? Is the President going to question the wheelchair bound woman in the third row why she wont stand up when addressing the President of the United States? How about asking a deaf-mute to speak up? You know, there are some folks that get paid a lot more money than I do to babysit him and make sure these kinds of things don't happen. Maybe their funding got cut help balance out the $94.5 billion bill he just signed for the war and hurricanes?

Good Grief