Where’s George?

Anybody remember that President Bush guy? What’s he been up to?

Apparently not a lot.

You want to know the pathetic thing? The press hasn’t been up to much, either:

>To react to the main news of the day — thousands of deaths from the cyclone in Burma — Bush sends his wife out to make a statement. She criticizes the Burmese government for its failure “to issue a timely warning to citizens in the storm’s path” and “to meet its people’s basic needs.” Reporters, too tactful to draw parallels to New Orleans, quiz her instead about daughter Jenna’s wedding, and the names of future grandchildren.


>Four minutes after the scheduled start time for yesterday’s White House briefing, only 14 of the 49 seats were occupied… many of the nation’s leading news outlets left their chairs empty, among them National Public Radio, the Washington Times, the New York Daily News, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune and the Politico.


>Reporters busied themselves with personal tasks: rubbing eyes, cleaning eyeglasses, reading the newspaper, fiddling with BlackBerrys or studying the blank pages of their notebooks. One of the deputy press secretaries, Gordon Johndroe, rested his chin in his hand. There was nothing left to be said — which was the cue for [radio host Lester] Kinsolving, who demanded to know Bush’s view on the disparity in pro-football eligibility for players from the military academies.

You’re doing a heck of a job, Washington Press Corps!

(Link via Hullabaloo.)