Bush doesn’t like Ken Herman’s suit;
Bush’s best one-liners:
Let’s see — we’ll finish the first line here. Everybody can be patient.
Q Thank you.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes. (Laughter.) It’s kind of like dancing ogether, isn’t it? (Laughter.)
Q Yes, kind of. (Laughter.)
Q Very close quarters.
THE PRESIDENT: If I ask for any comments from the peanut gallery I’ll call on you. (Laughter.) By the way, seersucker is coming back. I hope everybody — (laughter.) Never mind.
Q Kind of the Texas county commissioner look. (Laughter.)
Q And would you campaign against Senator Joe Lieberman, whose Republican candidate may support you, but he supports you, too, on Iraq?
THE PRESIDENT: I’m going to stay out of Connecticut. (Laughter.)
Q You were born there.
THE PRESIDENT: Shhh. (Laughter.) I may be the only person — the only presidential candidate who never carried the state in which he was born. Do you think that’s right, Herman? Of course, you would have researched that and dropped it out for everybody to see — particularly since I dissed that just ridiculous looking outfit. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: And by the way, I’m staying out of Connecticut because that’s what the party suggested, the Republican Party of Connecticut. And plus, there’s a better place to spend our money, time, and resources —
Q But you’re the head —
THE PRESIDENT: Right, I’ve listened to them very carefully. I’m a thoughtful guy, I listen to people. (Laughter.) I’m open-minded. I’m all the things that you know I am.
Last question. Stretch. Who are you working for, Stretch?
Q Washington Examiner.
THE PRESIDENT: Oh, good. Glad you found work. (Laughter.)
Thanks for letting me come by the new digs here. They may be a little too fancy for you.
Q We’d be happy to go back.
Q Are we coming back?
THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely, you’re coming back.
Q Can we hold you to that?
THE PRESIDENT: Coming back to the bosom of the White House. (Laughter.) I’m looking forward to hugging you when you come back, everybody. When are you coming back?
Q You tell us.
THE PRESIDENT: May, is that when it is scheduled?
Q They’ve sealed off of our — they sealed off the door. We’re wondering if we’re really coming back or not.
Q The decision will be made by commanders on the ground. (Laughter.)
Q There’s no timetable.
THE PRESIDENT: What do you think this is, a correspondents dinner or something? (Laughter.)
Thank you all.
Q Thank you.
Q Are you going to go to go to work today?
THE PRESIDENT: No. (Laughter.)