Thursday, March 27, 2003
Bush and Blair: I just caught a bit of the Camp David press conference after US-UK "mini-summit" and was again struck by the differences between the President and the PM. Bush can't answer a question without babbling; he wanders and forgets the thrust of the question. His handlers need to really sit him down for a course in impromptu speaking. However, at one point Blair gave a wonderfully lucid, complete answer to a question on the war's schedule and progress. The reporter from the Beeb had directed the question to both men, and he turned to Bush to hear his answer. Bush looked right at the reporter and said, "I have nothing to add to that." Beautiful. I can think of a number of former presidents (along with some current presidential hopefuls) who wouldn't have resisted the urge to walk all over Blair's fine answer.