President George W. Bush’s spokesman on Wednesday dismissed calls for a White House shake-up as “inside Washington babble” after a series of controversies that have pushed Bush’s approval ratings to new lows.
A woman asked President Bush if he thought humans should be implanted with a computer chip containing their medical records — just like her dog. Bush got a laugh when he naively suggested car buyers know from the outset what they will pay. One man gave Bush unsolicited advice about greenhouse gases and another held his feet to the fire on nuclear proliferation.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia railed against the era of the “judge-moralist,” saying judges are no better qualified than “Joe Sixpack” to decide moral questions such as abortion and gay marriage.
During President Bush’s State of the Union address, Claude Allen had a coveted box seat as a guest of the first lady. He sat there with an embarrassing secret. For weeks as he worked side-by-side with Bush on policy that would be included in that Jan. 31 address, he carried the secret that was about to threaten the reputation he built during a swiftly rising career in Republican government.
If you’re out driving this Sunday — to the mall, a tattoo consultation, a hair-removal appointment, a laptop upgrade — and you see large crowds of people gathered in parks and around public monuments, you might want to pull over and check out the signs and listen to the speeches.