April 01, 2004
"Bush Invigorates America's Youth"
Letterman shows this clip, makes joke, CNN shows clip from Letterman, makes quip, cuts to commercial, gets call from White House saying it's a joke, then Letterman says no the video was real, then CNN retracts, saying White House never called....
Posted by tmonkey at April 01, 2004 04:56 PM
realplayer video here:
From the Orlando Sentinel:
"The piece was called "George W. Bush Invigorating America's Youth." And it was a hoot -- to everyone except the boy's father: Orange County Chairman Rich Crotty.
Reached Wednesday, Crotty was more than a bit anxious about the incident.
"I accept full responsibility for that," the forlorn father said. "His mother was out of town, and I let him stay up too late. I should have prepped him better."
Prepped him? Come on, chairman. He's a 12-year-old, not Karl Rove. He did what 12-year-olds do during long political speeches -- in this case, 42 minutes. They get bored and fidgety.
Actually, Tyler has had a birthday since the event. As of last week, he's 13. (Happy birthday, pal.)
Dad, who is among the elite Bush backers to achieve "Pioneer" status for raising more than $100,000 for the president's re-election efforts, loosened up as our conversation went on.
"It was a funny bit," he conceded.
And when Tyler finally saw the tape, Crotty said, "he laughed so hard he almost cried."
In fairness to Tyler, he didn't constantly yawn, check his watch and wince as if he might keel over in pain if the president said another word. Most of the time, he simply listened attentively, which wasn't included in the clip."
Fair enough. You can kind of see why Rove and the Bush administration are so militant about controlling their people -- because they know we're going to jump on any little tiny blip like this 1 second out of a million and blow it up out of context like this.
Aw. Poor George.
The Letterman with the yawning boy is the best and the funniest. Is their a tape available? Would love to purchase.