Remarks by President Bush at Ribbon-Cutting for the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

11 Jul, 2007, 01:00 ET from White House Press Office

    WASHINGTON, July 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 transcript of remarks by President Bush at a ribbon-cutting for the James
 S. Brady Press Briefing Room:
 
     James S. Brady Briefing Room
     8:05 A.M. EDT
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I like a good, short introduction.
 (Laughter.)
 
     Q -- (inaudible) --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Yes. (Laughter.) After all, it is your room. (Laughter.)
 Welcome back to the West Wing. We missed you -- sort of. (Laughter.) I can
 already tell this place has improved; the last time I was in here to hold a
 press conference I broke out into a sweat -- not because of your questions,
 but because of the climate. The air-conditioner seems to work well. I hope
 the facility is -- suits your needs. I really do.
 
     The relationship between the President and the press is a unique
 relationship, and it's a necessary relationship. I enjoy it. I hope you do.
 As I say, sometimes you don't like the decisions I make, and sometimes I
 don't like the way you write about the decisions. But nevertheless, it's a
 really important part of our process. And the fact that you were working in
 substandard conditions just wasn't right. It really wasn't.
 
     And so my White House worked with Steve and Ann, worked with Mark Smith
 to get it right. And I think it's going to benefit future Presidents and
 future White House press corps, to be working in modern conditions,
 conditions where a fellow like me will feel comfortable coming in here
 answering a few questions without losing 20 pounds. (Laughter.)
 
     It was really hot in here. As a matter of fact, I can't imagine how
 Snow could handle it on a regular basis. But now it's modern, and it's
 going to enable you to do a better job. And I'm glad that's the case.
 
     I want to thank Peter Doherty -- where is he? Yes, Peter, thanks for
 working hard here. You get a lot of credit for making sure this thing
 works. And one of these days Laura and I are looking forward to coming and
 actually see what it's like working here. I've never toured -- I've never
 even been able to get beyond the podium -- (laughter) -- if you know what I
 mean. As a matter of fact, I've always felt comfortable behind the podium
 in front of you, kind of as a shield. (Laughter.) But I would like a tour.
 
     Q Bullet-proof --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Well, it's not exactly bullet-proof. Some of your
 bullets are able to -- verbal bullets -- (laughter) -- are able to
 penetrate. But you've been around a long time, see, you know what it's like
 to query Presidents. You've been -- you're kind of an older fellow.
 (Laughter.)
 
     Q -- (inaudible) --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Yes -- proudly so. Thanks for the birthday greeting,
 too. I appreciate that thoughtful gesture.
 
     But, anyway, we're glad to join you for this ribbon-cutting, and we
 thank you very much for working with Hagin and the bunch to make sure this
 thing -- deal works. And it's going to. And it's going to make your life
 better and, frankly, it's going to make the lives of future Presidents
 better, as well. And so it's a good contribution that you all have left
 behind. And we're glad to have been a part of it. And so -- wait --
 
     Q What, do you think I'm going to ask a question?
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I did think you were going to ask me a question,
 yes. (Laughter.)
 
     Q I am. (Laughter.)
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Well, maybe some other time.
 
     Q Oh, but do you think you open --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: See what I'm saying? (Laughter.)
 
     Q You can't come to the press room, especially a modern press room --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Wait a minute, let's do this -- let me cut the ribbon,
 and --
 
     Q You think anything has changed?
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Let me cut the ribbon -- are you going to cut it with
 me, Steve -- and then why don't you all yell simultaneously? (Laughter.)
 Like, really loudly. (Laughter.) And that way you might get noticed.
 
     Q It doesn't sound like you're going to answer --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: No, I will. I'll, like, listen --
 
     Q And leave?
 
     THE PRESIDENT: -- internalize, play like I'm going to answer the
 question, and then smile at you and just say, gosh -- (laughter) -- thanks,
 thanks for such a solid, sound question.
 
     Here we go, ready? I'm going to cut the ribbon. (Laughter.) Then you
 yell. I cogitate -- and then smile and wave. (Laughter.)
 
     Are you going to come, Laura? Here we go.
 
     (The President and Mrs. Bush cut the ribbon.) (Applause.)
 
     Q -- (inaudible) --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Brilliant question.
 
     Q -- (inaudible) -- cogitating that, right?
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. See you soon.
 
     Q We look forward to seeing you come and do a little --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: I will see you soon, thank you.
 
     Q Y'all come back. (Laughter.)
 
     END
 
     8:12 A.M. EDT
 
 
 
 
 

SOURCE White House Press Office
    WASHINGTON, July 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a
 transcript of remarks by President Bush at a ribbon-cutting for the James
 S. Brady Press Briefing Room:
 
     James S. Brady Briefing Room
     8:05 A.M. EDT
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. I like a good, short introduction.
 (Laughter.)
 
     Q -- (inaudible) --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Yes. (Laughter.) After all, it is your room. (Laughter.)
 Welcome back to the West Wing. We missed you -- sort of. (Laughter.) I can
 already tell this place has improved; the last time I was in here to hold a
 press conference I broke out into a sweat -- not because of your questions,
 but because of the climate. The air-conditioner seems to work well. I hope
 the facility is -- suits your needs. I really do.
 
     The relationship between the President and the press is a unique
 relationship, and it's a necessary relationship. I enjoy it. I hope you do.
 As I say, sometimes you don't like the decisions I make, and sometimes I
 don't like the way you write about the decisions. But nevertheless, it's a
 really important part of our process. And the fact that you were working in
 substandard conditions just wasn't right. It really wasn't.
 
     And so my White House worked with Steve and Ann, worked with Mark Smith
 to get it right. And I think it's going to benefit future Presidents and
 future White House press corps, to be working in modern conditions,
 conditions where a fellow like me will feel comfortable coming in here
 answering a few questions without losing 20 pounds. (Laughter.)
 
     It was really hot in here. As a matter of fact, I can't imagine how
 Snow could handle it on a regular basis. But now it's modern, and it's
 going to enable you to do a better job. And I'm glad that's the case.
 
     I want to thank Peter Doherty -- where is he? Yes, Peter, thanks for
 working hard here. You get a lot of credit for making sure this thing
 works. And one of these days Laura and I are looking forward to coming and
 actually see what it's like working here. I've never toured -- I've never
 even been able to get beyond the podium -- (laughter) -- if you know what I
 mean. As a matter of fact, I've always felt comfortable behind the podium
 in front of you, kind of as a shield. (Laughter.) But I would like a tour.
 
     Q Bullet-proof --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Well, it's not exactly bullet-proof. Some of your
 bullets are able to -- verbal bullets -- (laughter) -- are able to
 penetrate. But you've been around a long time, see, you know what it's like
 to query Presidents. You've been -- you're kind of an older fellow.
 (Laughter.)
 
     Q -- (inaudible) --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Yes -- proudly so. Thanks for the birthday greeting,
 too. I appreciate that thoughtful gesture.
 
     But, anyway, we're glad to join you for this ribbon-cutting, and we
 thank you very much for working with Hagin and the bunch to make sure this
 thing -- deal works. And it's going to. And it's going to make your life
 better and, frankly, it's going to make the lives of future Presidents
 better, as well. And so it's a good contribution that you all have left
 behind. And we're glad to have been a part of it. And so -- wait --
 
     Q What, do you think I'm going to ask a question?
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Yes, I did think you were going to ask me a question,
 yes. (Laughter.)
 
     Q I am. (Laughter.)
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Well, maybe some other time.
 
     Q Oh, but do you think you open --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: See what I'm saying? (Laughter.)
 
     Q You can't come to the press room, especially a modern press room --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Wait a minute, let's do this -- let me cut the ribbon,
 and --
 
     Q You think anything has changed?
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Let me cut the ribbon -- are you going to cut it with
 me, Steve -- and then why don't you all yell simultaneously? (Laughter.)
 Like, really loudly. (Laughter.) And that way you might get noticed.
 
     Q It doesn't sound like you're going to answer --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: No, I will. I'll, like, listen --
 
     Q And leave?
 
     THE PRESIDENT: -- internalize, play like I'm going to answer the
 question, and then smile at you and just say, gosh -- (laughter) -- thanks,
 thanks for such a solid, sound question.
 
     Here we go, ready? I'm going to cut the ribbon. (Laughter.) Then you
 yell. I cogitate -- and then smile and wave. (Laughter.)
 
     Are you going to come, Laura? Here we go.
 
     (The President and Mrs. Bush cut the ribbon.) (Applause.)
 
     Q -- (inaudible) --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Brilliant question.
 
     Q -- (inaudible) -- cogitating that, right?
 
     THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all. See you soon.
 
     Q We look forward to seeing you come and do a little --
 
     THE PRESIDENT: I will see you soon, thank you.
 
     Q Y'all come back. (Laughter.)
 
     END
 
     8:12 A.M. EDT
 
 
 
 
 SOURCE White House Press Office