'ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - It wasn't meant to be overheard. Private luncheon conversations among world leaders, picked up by a microphone, provided a rare window into both banter and substance — including
President Bush cursing Hezbollah's attacks against
"See the irony is that what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this (expletive) and it's over," Bush told Blair as he chewed on a buttered roll.
The unscripted comments came during a photo opportunity at the lunch. The leaders clearly did not realize that a live microphone was picking up their discussion. '
I'm not blown away by this story, but I've got three comments about it:
1) Journalistic standards, these days, concern me. "Bush curses Hezbollah" is one of the weaker examples of misleading titles or content, but it reminds me of the many examples that have come to-light, in recent months. If you haven't heard me complaining about it, recently, you probably will some time in the future.
2) Did Bush MEAN to be heard? The article actually says, flat-out, that it's clear that these leaders didn't know their comments were in range of an active microphone. Part of me suspects that this might not be true, but I don't know.
3) If Bush DIDN'T mean to be overheard, it's really unfortunate that he's so unaware - and that he represents the rest of us when he so poorly represents himself.
What do YOU think?