June 22, 2005 08:22 PM
Therapy for the Energy Secretary
Boy it must be fun to be in the Bush cabinet. Take today’s Presidential trip to the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant, for example. Energy secretary Samuel Bodman (who?) joined Bush on the exciting trip and here is how his boss paid him back:
THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate the Secretary of Energy joining me today. He's a good man, he knows a lot about the subject, you'll be pleased to hear. I was teasing him -- he taught at MIT, and -- do you have a PhD?Yipee! Take a field trip and have your ego smashed. Ain’t it great fun? The Army should try this to get its recruitment numbers up: "Now I want you to pay careful attention to this -- he's the soldier, I'm the one who avoided active service, but look who's sending people to die?" — FRED BECKER
SECRETARY BODMAN: Yes.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, a PhD. (Laughter.) Now I want you to pay careful attention to this -- he's the PhD, and I'm the C student, but notice who is the advisor and who is the President.
President Discusses Energy Policy, Economic Security [WhiteHouse.gov]