A Peek At The President's Schedule

Should One Really Envy The Post Of President?

The following is a weekly 60 Minutes commentary by CBS News correspondent Andy Rooney.

I'm at a loss to understand why anyone would ever want to be President of The United States. I know it's a great honor but can you imagine thinking you were smart enough to do the job? You should know something about every country in the world that we deal with and you ought to know everything about our own country so you can deal with that. You go to bed late at night, get up early in the morning and have meetings all day long. Do they give you any time to think when you're the president?

I've read that someone even lays out clothes for the President to put on every morning. I certainly wouldn't even want that. I have several torn undershirts that are no one else's business but my own.

Mark Knoller, one of the correspondents who covers the White House for CBS, sent me a copy of the president's schedule for just a couple of days recently. It includes items like these:

  • The President and Mrs. Bush depart White House for trip to George Washington's tomb, at Mount Vernon.
  • President makes remarks in honor George Washington on occasion of his 275th birthday.
  • I wonder what people will be saying about President Bush on his 275th birthday?

  • President meets with president of Liberia. (If I met the president of Liberia I'd have to start this way. "Madam President, it's an honor to meet you but could I ask you just one question? Where the hell is Liberia, anyway?")
  • President meets with vice president of Sudan.
  • President meets with prime minister of Denmark.
  • President meets with president of Uruguay.
  • President meets with president of El Salvador.
  • President meets with president of Peru.

    How could the president possibly remember everyone's name?

    The list of the President's day goes on:

  • Interviewed by Denver Post.
  • Interviewed by Fox News.
  • Interviewed by Newsweek Magazine.
  • Interviewed by ABC Radio.
  • Noon: President makes remarks concerning global war on terror at Mayflower Hotel.

    I stayed at the Mayflower once myself. The only terrifying thing was the price of a room.

    What I'd like to know is, when does the president get a chance to sit down and think about what he thinks? And when does he get a chance to think about whether he's right or wrong about what he thinks?

    I've only been wrong a few times in my life but I'd hate to be president where everyone could count my mistakes.
    Written By Andy Rooney