The NYT’s Paper Cuts blog has a snippet from a recent press conference where the Prez talks about how much he loves to read. He’s never even seen TV’s The West Wing. He told you he was hardcore.
The episode reminded me of an interview that Bush had with NBC’s Brian Williams a few years back. The scene: the Administration has completely blown the response to Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. The Oval Office has just released a list of books the President has recently “read” and Williams decides to grill the President about his reading list – in New Orleans – about a year after the Hurricane. Let’s roll the tape:
Three Shakespeares! That year Bush and Rove were having a reading contest. In August Bush had read 60 books to Rove’s 50. Apparently this news was delivered with a straight face.