Congratulations to Ed Henry, CNN White House Correspondent, winner of the first annual Wesleying Awkward Journalism Award:
Did Bush make Brown his BFF?
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush was eager on Monday to show he can be jocular with new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (just like with his old buddy, Tony Blair) when he teased New York Times reporter Jim Rutenberg about his birthday.
“Amazing country, Gordon,” Bush said at the two leaders’ first joint press conference at Camp David, Maryland. “A guy that’s under 40 years old asking me and you questions. It’s a beautiful sight.”
“Six of my cabinet are under 40,” Brown retorted about the youth movement at 10 Downing Street.
“Are they?” Bush said, adding with a smile: “You must be feeling damn old.”
“Absolutely,” said Brown, 56.
Rutenberg, meanwhile, tried in vain to convince everyone he’s even younger: “Forty’s the new 20.”
Well, maybe. But since he’s not one of those 20-somethings, it’s a good bet the 61-year-old president has no idea that “BFF” is the proper way to greet a “Best Friend Forever” when sending a text message.
But make no mistake, the president spent just about the entire press conference trying to convince the world he and Brown really can be BFFs in a post-Blair era.
CNN.com should thank their lucky stars they hired Henry, who provides real insight into the lives of 20-somethings and world leaders alike.
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