Wednesday, July 06, 2005

How to Talk to Women

Cheery here, with a selection from comments President made in Lyngby, Denmark. According to Salon, this was a discussion between President Bush and Tabassum Zakaria, a woman reporter from Reuters.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Reuters man, Toby. Woman -- excuse me. I can see that. (Laughter.) So how long have you been on the presidential beat?

Q Since February.

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes. Well, make yourself less scarce.
By the way, how silly is it that they just use that Q, to represent the reporters. I mean people like to see their name, don't they? And it's not like it would be all that hard to say who asked which question. : - O

Anyway, just an example of how President Bush might do a little better at, well, recognizing a woman. According to Salon, President Bush calls on female reporters very rarely. Kind of embarrassing, to say the least. I'm sure this is an honest mistake, and not an indication of what President Bush thinks of women, but it might help if he tried a little harder. : - ) Maybe President Bush should get a check sheet on the podium so you can tell who the women are and then call on them.

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