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As McCain Presses On, Press (Briefly) Forgotten

By Michael D. Shear
Sen. John McCain wins the nomination, visits the White House, takes over the RNC -- and promptly forgets about the press.

McCain's famous wooing of the press could be in trouble if today is any indication. After covering President Bush's endorsement of McCain and a press conference at the RNC, about two-dozen reporters did as they were instructed and raced back to the campaign bus for the trip to Dulles airport.

And we sat. And sat. And got off the bus. And went to the deli to get sodas. And got back on the bus. And sat some more.

For an hour and a half, reporters wrote their stories and griped about the delay. And then someone called McCain's traveling press secretary, who was sitting at the airport wondering where we were.

Turns out, no one from the campaign had told the bus driver to go ahead and leave. So while reporters sat on the non-moving bus, McCain was sitting on a chartered plane, waiting for the press so he could leave for his fundraiser in West Palm Beach.

Call it an innocent mistake.

But please, Sen. McCain, don't forget about us again.

By Washington Post editors  |  March 5, 2008; 4:08 PM ET
 
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http://twocanpete.blogspot.com
Another senior moment for Juan McCain. Get ready for lots more.

Posted by: twocanpete | March 6, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I hope you're kidding.

Posted by: zukermand | March 6, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Here's a tidbit.

At a meeting with university presidents in D.C. in February 2006, Cal State University chancellor Charlie Reed asked Charles Black, "Are we going to see Jeb Bush on the ticket as v.p. in 2008?"

Mr. Black responded, "Whoever gets the nomination would be crazy not to ask him. He may not want it, but they better ask."

Posted by: ericksonbruce | March 6, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, zukermand, for clarifying that you are not interested in genuine debate -- I was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt there -- have a nice life.

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

The bad news is...if it took that long, and the press corps had to call the campaign, that means the campaign doesn't have the cell phone number of a single member of their press corps...
Posted by: TomJx
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Does what you appear to deduce really make sense to you? Who reasons like this?

Posted by: zukermand | March 5, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

-- care to answer my question now?

Posted by: JakeD
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No. Perhaps I was unclear. I was not engaging you, I was mocking you.

Posted by: zukermand | March 5, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry you guys were stuck for so long, but the story did remind me of the 3 am red phone just ringing...and ringing...and ringing....

Or the really old public service announcement: "It's 10 pm, do you know where your press corps is?"

The bad news is...if it took that long, and the press corps had to call the campaign, that means the campaign doesn't have the cell phone number of a single member of their press corps. So if that barbecue thing made you feel important to the campaign....

Posted by: TomJx | March 5, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

No, zuckermand, I would not vote for McCain if he was lying about that -- although I was unaware that Congress declared war on China, comma or not -- care to answer my question now?

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

OH NOOOO! Mr. Shear,

Did he keep YOU waiting?

C'mon, let's see you do a Dance Jig! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 5, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

If McCain is secretly a ChiComm mole, lying about that in order to gain the Presidency during a time of war(,) with China in its ascendency to challenge US military and economic supremacy, does that raise just a few questions about his motives?

-missed comma after war.

Posted by: zukermand | March 5, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the press could use some downtime investigate the following point, raised elsewhere: "Even if he were a Manchurian candidate, SO WHAT???"

If McCain is secretly a ChiComm mole, lying about that in order to gain the Presidency during a time of war with China in its ascendency to challenge US military and economic supremacy, does that raise just a few questions about his motives? Is there anyone out there who would vote FOR McCain if he was lying about that?

Posted by: zukermand | March 5, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey! You were better off than Hillary's press people, she seated them in the men's rest room!

Posted by: old_europe | March 5, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the press could use some downtime investigate the following point, raised on an earlier thread: "Even if he were Muslim, SO WHAT???"

If Obama is secretly a Muslim, lying about that in order to gain the Presidency during a time of war pitting the U.S. against a tiny minority of radical Muslims, does that raise just a few questions about his motives? Is there anyone out there who would vote FOR Obama if he was lying about that?

Posted by: JakeD | March 5, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

correction above, "Loose lips sink ships" or was that a Freudian slip of sorts? My apologies.

Posted by: davidmwe | March 5, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"Lose lips sink ships." McCain knows that. No reason to make his move now, as the Democrats are battling it out, front-and-center.

He will have to soon though, as he will have a good battle vs. Obama or Clinton even;

Obama vs. McCain- The Internet Indicators:

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=48

Posted by: davidmwe | March 5, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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