Ladies like shoes and home decor and new hairdos:
From Bush's opening statement during his press conference
I told Congresswoman Pelosi that I look forward to working with her and her colleagues to find common ground in the next two years. As the majority party in the House of Representatives, they recognize that in their new role they now have greater responsibilities. And in my first act of bipartisan outreach since the election, I shared with her the names of some Republican interior decorators who can help her pick out the new drapes in her new offices.
First act of bipartisanship. Nice.
White House transcript has that remark followed by:
There was no laughter. Only complete and utter silence.
Maybe as her first act of Democratic frugality of our tax dollars, Nancy Pelosi can pick out her own damn drapes.
George W got his laughs in the past as a "stand-up" President at White House press conferences before his party lost control of the Congress. I'm sure some of his "scripted" comments yesterday called for him to pause for laughter. But he fell flat, except for his dig at Karl Rove's time being spent more on reading than the campaign, resulting in George W falling behind in their reading contest. This is like two chumps competing for the second prize: Two weeks in Philadelphia.
Borrowing on George W's phrase about getting out of Iraq: When George W stands down, comedy will stand up in the White House. Let's hear it for 2008!
Of course women can't be trusted to do anything without the assistance of one or more paid Republican staffers.