Thursday, February 01, 2007

Bush Tries To Run Down Media With Giant Tractor

A boy and one big toy. This image has been accessed from this Reuters website

It's worth running this story just to use that headline.

A funny, and somewhat dramatic report, about President Bush getting behind the wheel of a monster tractor and then appearing to attempt to run down some of the White House press corps. The reaction to this story on other blogs has been an interesting mix of "Run the bastards down!" and "This is another sign of how pyschotic the president really is."

Isn't the president entitled to just a little fun?

From Newsweek blog :

Does President Bush have it in for the press corps?

Touring a Caterpillar factory in Peoria, Ill., the Commander in Chief got behind the wheel of a giant tractor and played chicken with a few wayward reporters.

"I would suggest moving back," Bush said as he climbed into the cab of a massive D-10 tractor.
"I'm about to crank this sucker up."

As the engine roared to life, White House staffers tried to steer the press corps to safety, but when the tractor lurched forward, they too were forced to scramble for safety.

"Get out of the way!" a news photographer yelled.

"I think he might run us over!" said another.

...Secret Service got involved, as one agent began yelling at reporters to get clear of the tractor.

Watching the chaos below, Bush looked out the tractor's window and laughed, steering the massive machine into the spot where most of the press corps had been positioned.

The episode lasted about a minute, and Bush was still laughing when he pulled to a stop. He gave reporters a thumbs-up.

"If you've never driven a D-10, it's the coolest experience," Bush said afterward.