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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.

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What wrong with the drapes that are alrady there. You can bet the democrates will spend a lot more on drapes than Governer Palin payed for her dresses but you will never hear the liberal media mention it

Posted by: SavedGirl | October 31, 2008 12:50 AM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.

The only question is, would this country survive it?

You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, West Virgina and Pa etc, if you are stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve every single bit of economic hardship that a McCain presidency will give you.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...Bill Clinton and Barack Obama will be campaigning in Florida tonight. John McCain and President Bush will be separately watching the Obama 30-minute special tonight.

Is no one else surprised about how little President Bush has been campaigning for McCain or any other Republican this year?!

GW Bush...what a joke. No one really cares where W ends up just as long as it is out of the White House.

Posted by: AJ2008 | October 29, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
-George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008

"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
-Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008

"The economy is fundamentally sound"
-Herbert Hoover - October, 1931

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
-John McCain - Sept 15, 2008

McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis. After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable campaign stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.

It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain's crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac. Don't let others be fooled by McCain's economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.

McCain is being deceitful with his sudden populist message and support for regulation; his economic policies still favor our nation's wealthy elite.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a man with a plan...go Obama!

Posted by: Beingsensible | October 29, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

W. needs to just shut up and go away quietly. However, if he insists on openly supporting McCain that will be just fine also

Posted by: Simon2 | October 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

W. needs to just shut up and go away quietly. However, if he insists on openly supporting McCain that will be just fine also

Posted by: Simon2 | October 29, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

A President Obama will be ready on day one. A President McCain will not have selected which Washington lobbyist he wants in many of the Departments. If the selection of the VP indicates how each man operates many of the selections will be no more competent than VP choice Palin.

McCain is so unaware of his own inadequacies that he ridicules Obama because he is very organized and McCain is not.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

See the Sarah Palin Impersonator's then vote for your favorite at

Posted by: pastor123 | October 29, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Please please please attack Obama. Come out stronger for McSame!!!!!

remind us how similar your policies are!!!

Posted by: julian9682 | October 29, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

The BUSH Presidency IS the JOKE

An the American people got stuck with the punchline.

SOCIALISM...BUSH started, McCain voted for it.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Ohhhh Dear!

There goes the Neighborhood!


Posted by: SAINT---The | October 29, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse


No one cares what you think.

Shut your piehole and take your crooked arse back to Texas where you belong...and take Grampy McCain with you..

Posted by: DrainYou | October 29, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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