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Posted on Sunday, June 18th, 2006 at 10:08 am. About Health Care, News and Politics.

W Opens Mouth and Inserts Foot

Some of you may have heard about the president’s recent gaffe when, at a press conference, he began haranguing L.A. Times reporter Peter Wallsten for asking a question while wearing sunglasses. The exchange went like this (referenced from MSNBC and The Daily Show):

Bush: Are you going to ask that question with shades on?

Wallsten: I can take them off.

Bush: I’m interested in the shade look. Seriously.

Wallsten: All right, I’ll keep it, then.

Bush: For the viewers, (he looks at the cameras here) there’s no sun. (laughter in the press corps)

Wallsten: I guess it depends on your perspective.

Bush: (after giving a snorting sort of laugh) Touché.

Peter Wallsten has a degenerative retinal condition known as Stargardt’s Disease that has not only rendered him legally blind, but is thought to progress more slowly with consistent protection from UV light.

Apparently the president was in a joking sort of mood, and I believe he was unaware of Wallsten’s condition. He stuck his foot in his mouth, something we have all done. I do think this situation is reflective of a flaw in the president’s personality on which many have commented since he took office in 2000. Bush always seems to think he knows how things are and implies that others are inferior in some respect. He really behaves quite condescendingly towards others. “We have a really big border with Mexico” and “You can’t read a newspaper if you can’t read” come to mind here.

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