For a guy who’s never had much use for reporters, President Bush sure seems to crave their attention. After he wrapped up a fund-raising event for GOP Rep. Dick Pombo in California, Bush bounded off stage and headed toward the audience to shake hands with supporters. But as he came down the stairs, he paused and shot a disappointed look toward the area where the White House press was corralled. Most of the scribes were buried nose deep in their laptops and didn’t notice the president was on the move. “Hello!” Bush called to them. No response. “Hello, reporters!” he shouted again, leaning in and spreading his arms. Still, nothing. “Hellllo!” Bush bellowed, waving his arms in the air and laughing.
Finally, a Reuters reporter, who had been playing back a tape of Bush’s remarks through her headphones, looked up and noticed the president standing a few feet away. “Oh!” she said, and waved back. Satisfied, The Leader of the Free World went back to the nation’s business.
The president is an emotional infant.