By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Tuesday, January 27, 2004; 10:03 AM
Members of the “travel pool” — the reporters and photographers who actually travel with the president on Air Force One — normally arrive early and get in position outside the plane to watch the president alight, so they can capture his deportment.
“Is he drink? Stoned? Or — Nah, he always looks that way.”
As designated print pool reporter Edwin Chen of the Los Angeles Times wrote in his briefing to his colleagues, “the pool’s absence on the tarmac as POTUS arrived did not go unnoticed.”
Senior adviser and White House political guru Karl Rove himself popped his head into the press cabin and snarled, “Weenies!”
Chen described Rove’s demeanor as “mocking disdain. . . . In the same vein, he also offered to take orders for hot drinks and blankets, as press secretary Scott McClellan smiled benignly.”
Why “mocking”? Genuine disdain would be perfectly appropriate. It’s all that they deserve. They’re just children, after all. Just toddlers to be kept in line. In fact that’s what’s clearly at play what with ‘the help” (McClellan) being instructed to hand out drinkies and blankies.
Why you’d almost swear you were at “Neverland” with Prince Michael and Paris!
“Back off, Scott — I’LL play stewardess!”
Affection or hostility? You decide.
I think we’ve all decided, don’t you?
Yes, being treated like children is a step up.