White House correspondent Bill Plante has seen a lot of presidents come and go -- many by helicopter from the South Lawn.
Yesterday, after the brief appearance President Bush made with Karl Rove, Bill decided to do what correspondents sometimes do: he yelled a question. That attracted no small amount of attention in the blogosphere, and Bill has now written about yesterday's experience over at Public Eye:
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There was no time to frame that question because the event this morning was a statement, not a news conference. So I asked a more direct one. I thought it unlikely that they would answer, but it's always worth a try.
This isn't the first time I've been blasted for yelling. Twenty or so years ago, I yelled a question at President Reagan as he left the Rose Garden after the annual Teacher of the Year ceremony.
One woman wrote to tell me that I was a guest in the President's house and ought to be behave as one.
Ten years ago, I asked President Clinton a question which brought a red-faced angry response.
The point is that reporters are not here as guests. We're here to ask questions.
One thing is sure: we haven't heard the last of Karl Rove. Or Bill Plante.