On the Plane

The Casualties Keep Coming

MONROVIA, Liberia -- Good thing everyone's about to head home because the casualties keep mounting. In addition to Deborah Charles's hand, a number of people on the trip have suffered from dehydration or other maladies. At one point, White House press secretary Dana Perino was given fluids through an intravenous tube.

But the latest victim was Jon Ward of the Washington Times, who somehow ran through a plate-glass window at the Liberian executive mansion trying to keep up with the president. He's got some cuts on his right hand but is in surprisingly good shape considering. And in a display of heroic dedication, he even got out his pool report to other journalists despite his accident.

He concluded the report by giving us the toasts offered by President Bush and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf before their lunch. Ward then concluded with this: "And I just ran through a window."

Dr. Tubb has his work cut out for him today.

--Peter Baker

By Washington Post Editor |  February 21, 2008; 9:56 AM ET  | Trip:  Bush in Africa, Feb. 2008
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Very foolish of the journalist to run through a window.

Posted by: Jan van Jankoost | February 21, 2008 6:37 PM

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