There was a very odd moment in today's press conference. It was so odd that I checked two different video captures to make sure it wasn't an edit. About 1:55 into this clip, he stops mid-sentence, softly mumbles something with his eyes closed, and then resumes. Maybe he's whispering to someone off frame, but it looks like glossilalia or a fugue to me. Just strange.

- mark 8-22-2006 10:48 am

Is he listening to Karl in his earpiece? (Sorry, I don't have the fortitude to watch the Pres right now.)
- tom moody 8-22-2006 10:52 am

The whole affair is ugly, so I can't blame you for not looking. He does not appear to have an earpiece, but I suppose it could be an in-ear wireless system.

- mark 8-22-2006 12:11 pm

someone tries to re-construct the mumbling
- mark 8-22-2006 12:28 pm

Check him out in this clip, also in about 1:55
- steve 8-22-2006 1:21 pm

I recall seeing that clip. Three words: organic brain damage.

Bob Harris reconstructs some of the notes on the podium during yesterday's press conference. Apparently, Bush needs notes to regurgitate trite, vacuous talking points.
- mark 8-22-2006 8:30 pm

Organic brain damage or "just not into it anymore."
Contrary to what the Shakespeare-reading pundits loved to spout after 9/11, Bush did not "grow" from Prince Hal to King Henry--he's still a little boy and things aren't going his way and he's bored.
In his previous life, this is the point where his Dad's friends stepped in to bail him out.
- tom moody 8-22-2006 9:06 pm

I think Dad's friends are trying. Couple years too late though. This train's going round the bend.
- jim 8-22-2006 9:29 pm

43 + 41 = 84 Prevailing wisdom has the 43rd and 41st presidents locked in an Oedipal struggle, with W. very different from his one-term, Saddam-sparing dad. But interviewing people close to "84," Todd Purdum discovers just how much the two Bushes share—including a dangerous stubborn streak.
heard here on lopate

- bill 8-22-2006 10:24 pm

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