President "outsourcing" exclusive interviews abroad
President Bush is feeling left out. His favorite campaign plane reporters are off covering the primaries, and nobody is taking his trip to the Middle East seriously:
Reporters covering President Bush 's Middle East trip, which ended last week, were in for a bit of a surprise when they showed up at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem for Bush's statement on peace negotiations. There they found an unexpected colleague -- NBC News correspondent David Gregory, who had not been on the press charter or on Air Force One.
Gregory, it turned out, flew to Israel solely for a one-on-one interview with Bush. He was one of three network reporters to fly in during the eight-day trip for separate, specially arranged sit-downs with the president, the others being Greta Van Susteren of Fox News and Terry Moran of ABC News. With television's heavy hitters having abandoned the White House to suffer the wilds of New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Bush team figured the best way to get attention for his trip in the midst of the primaries was to dole out "exclusive" interviews. [WaPo]
Bush's strategists are concerned about the president's sinking profile he enters the last lame duck year of his presidency. Republican primary candidates are no doubt extremely grateful