Bush Jokes About a Drape-Measurer
By Dan Eggen
President Bush suggested today that one of the candidates -- he didn't say which one -- was sizing up the White House for new drapes.
Following a press availability in the Oval Office, most correspondents had filed out when Associated Press radio reporter Mark Smith had a brief conversation with Bush, according to a White House pool report.
"I caught Bush's eye," Smith recounts in the report. "He said, 'Hey, how ya doin'?' And I said, 'Anybody measuring the drapes, sir?'"
At that point Bush laughed, paused a beat and replied: "Sounds like it."
Bush did not identify the drape-measurer by name. But Republican nominee John McCain has repeatedly argued in recent days that Democratic candidate Barack Obama is already "measuring the drapes" for the White House, in part because of widespread polling that shows Obama in the lead and because Obama's transition operation is more expansive than McCain's.
Posted at 1:38 PM ET on Oct 29, 2008
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