president%20bush%20rose%20garden.jpgA visibly tired President Bush, back from his surprise visit to Iraq, just concluded an hour-long press conference. It took place in the Rose Garden, and most of the questions focused on Iraq.

It had a relaxed feel. Bush engaged in joking banter about jet lag with Jake Tapper, whom he complimented on his question. The president also praised David Gregory's stylish neckwear.

The best exchange of the morning took place between Bush and Peter Wallsten. Wallsten approached the microphone wearing sunglasses. An exchange along these lines ensued:

Bush: You gonna ask your question with shades on?

Wallsten: Yes...

Bush: But there's no sun out here.

Wallsten: It depends on your perspective.

Bush: Touché.

(Eh, you had to be there. If we get a video clip, we'll post it.)

Update: Oh shit. Turns out Wallsten is legally blind. Blame it on your jet lag, Mr. President!

Further Update: Our recollection was not exact; an excerpt from the official transcript appears here. You can check out the video clip here.

Latest update: President Bush has apologized to Wallsten.

Bush Says Iraq Trip Inspiring [CNN]


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