Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Blair appears to cringe at 'poodle' query
Seattle PI ^

Posted on 11/12/2004 2:06:43 PM PST by Uncledave

Blair appears to cringe at 'poodle' query

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- It was the last question Prime Minister Tony Blair wanted asked, and he seemed to cringe as President Bush answered it.

"The prime minister is sometimes, perhaps unfairly, characterized in Britain as your poodle," began the questioner at a joint appearance by the two leaders Friday at the White House. "I was wondering if that's the way you may see your relationship? And perhaps, more seriously, do you feel for the -"

Blair broke in: "Don't answer 'yes' to that question," he mockingly admonished Bush, prompting laughter.

Joking aside, Bush offered a serious answer.

"Plenty capable of making his own mind. He's a strong, capable man," the president said. "When times get tough he doesn't wilt. You know, when the criticism starts to come his way - I suspect that might be happening on occasion - he stands for what he believes in."

An endorsement of his leadership qualities from the American president, no matter how hearty, is of little help to Blair.

A wide section of the British public deeply dislikes Bush, viewing him as a unilateralist. The detention of four Britons without trial at Guantanamo Bay, his refusal to sign the Kyoto global warming protocol, his rejection of an international criminal court, and his invasion of Iraq without a specific green light from the United Nations add to his unpopularity.

Blair's critics are unlikely to be swayed from their conviction that the prime minister doggedly follows U.S. foreign policy without exerting any real influence.

No wonder Blair appeared a bit uncomfortable. Still, he couldn't resist offering a little self-defense.

"As long as I remain prime minister of our country it will carry on being strong - not because that's in the interests of America simply or in the interests of the international community, but because I believe passionately it is in the interest of Britain," Blair said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arealclymer; blairvisit; clymer; majorleagueclyer; reporterfillsdiaper; reporterstinksroom; somebodypooped; tonyblair; whatsthatsmell
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last
What a jerk this reporter is.
1 posted on 11/12/2004 2:06:43 PM PST by Uncledave
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
What a jerk this reporter is.

Major League Clymer

2 posted on 11/12/2004 2:08:32 PM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bikepacker67

Big time!


3 posted on 11/12/2004 2:09:12 PM PST by Freepdonia (Victory is Ours! (I told you so :-))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

Bush should have just waded out into the press core and started pummeling this fag. I don't think most Americans would have objected.


4 posted on 11/12/2004 2:09:26 PM PST by mlbford2 ("Never wrestle with a pig; you can't win, you just get filthy, and the pig loves it...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

What a tastless, ignorant questions -
Blair should have shot back "we hear from other journalists that you are an a**hole , how do you respond to that"


5 posted on 11/12/2004 2:10:03 PM PST by finallyatexan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

Who was the reporter who asked the question?


6 posted on 11/12/2004 2:10:19 PM PST by IStillBelieve (G.W. Bush '04: Biggest popular-vote victory in history, and first popular-vote majority in 16 years!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
President Bush should have replied with "Well, lots of people think you and others like you are all the Democrat Party's little whores. How would YOU respond to that accusation?" and left it at that.
7 posted on 11/12/2004 2:10:29 PM PST by Jokelahoma (Animal testing is a bad idea. They get all nervous and give wrong answers.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

Just once I wish Blair would respond with this question.

"where were these poodle comments when I was an ally of Bill Clinton?"


8 posted on 11/12/2004 2:11:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (I come swinging the olive branch of peace.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

If I were the President, I would have said: "I'm sorry if I was unclear. I asked for a question from a journalist. Who's next?"


9 posted on 11/12/2004 2:11:40 PM PST by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wideawake

awesome - I'd like to see that as well!


10 posted on 11/12/2004 2:14:59 PM PST by the_gospel_of_thomas (Know your Enemy and Know yourself)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

This reporter doesn't seem to realize that he just made a clymer of himself.


11 posted on 11/12/2004 2:16:36 PM PST by Tom Bombadil
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

People on the live action thread said that the reporter was a Brit. No more information than that.

I think the jerk should be outed for pulling a stupid trick like that on his country's leader while meeting with the leader of the free world outside of Britain. There's a time and a place for everything, and this was decidedly not the time or place.


12 posted on 11/12/2004 2:16:37 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cicero

Hey, this is what you get at press conferences with reporters, and it explains why Kerry avoided them like the plague the last four months of his campaign

nick


13 posted on 11/12/2004 2:19:46 PM PST by nikos1121
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
So who was the reporter? Did he have a French accent? Or was he just one of the BBC guys? Or Perhaps he was from the NYTs.
14 posted on 11/12/2004 2:21:09 PM PST by Dale 1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cicero
Would this a--hole have had the guts to ask Churchill if he was Roosevelt's poodle?
15 posted on 11/12/2004 2:22:12 PM PST by BigBobber
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

," began the questioner at a joint appearance by the two leaders "

That's interesting that the article refers to him as 'the questioner.' I think good reporting would tell us who the journalist is who asked this. What an awful question to ask the Prime Minister. This is a disturbing new twist, where journalists are now also attacking foreign heads of state. Joe Lockhart and countless journalists still should have to answer for referring to Iraq's Allawi as a 'puppet.'


16 posted on 11/12/2004 2:23:26 PM PST by orangelobster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

These idiot journalists just don't seem to understand that there are actually foreign leaders supporting Bush. They are operating under the assumption that everything Bush has done on the war on terror he has done alone. Therefore, they have to imagine that any foreign leader that is supporting Bush is in fact being forced into submission by the Bush Administration.

However, beyond that, the truth is the truth. The British government, the former Spanish government, the Aussies, the Italians, the Polish, etc.... have all committed troops and support to our government's fight in Afghanistan, Iraq, and all over the world.


17 posted on 11/12/2004 2:23:47 PM PST by lnbchip
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

This paragraph sums it all up:

"A wide section of the British public deeply dislikes Bush, viewing him as a unilateralist. The detention of four Britons without trial at Guantanamo Bay, his refusal to sign the Kyoto global warming protocol, his rejection of an international criminal court, and his invasion of Iraq without a specific green light from the United Nations add to his unpopularity."

THESE ARE THE EXACT REASONS WHY WE RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT BUSH. SO, GREAT BRITIAN, SCREW YOU.


18 posted on 11/12/2004 2:24:11 PM PST by GianniV
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
Was this classless pig a Eurinal or American reporter?

Note that even AP was embarrassed for him, kindly keeping his name out of the hands of the unworthy masses who might properly label him a scumbag.

19 posted on 11/12/2004 2:24:18 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dead
As a dog for Bush, I want to know who the poodle reporter is so that I can relieve myself on his or her shoe. And then I want to send that person up to Milwaukee on a bus for a tattoo on the heinie saying Poodles Forever.
20 posted on 11/12/2004 2:29:38 PM PST by Thebaddog (I'm a doggy relaxing with four feet in the air until the next fight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

Mr Blair, As an American, you have my complete admiration. You exemplify Integrity.

Thank you for being our ally.


21 posted on 11/12/2004 2:31:16 PM PST by borntobeagle
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

It's funny. The four reasons this reporter gives for Bush's unpopularity in Britain are four of the reasons he is such a great leader. That we refuse to accept a Eurocentric view of US interests absolutely drives the Euros and our traiterous MSM nuts.


22 posted on 11/12/2004 2:31:42 PM PST by bereanway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GianniV
STFU, newbie! Great Britain is our ally! The media lies, there as bad as here, and they are feeding you crap. Do not offend 4, or more, outta 10 Brits, especially the 4 outta 10 are the ones with a semblance of brainpower.
23 posted on 11/12/2004 2:33:42 PM PST by 68 grunt (3/1 India, 3rd, 68-69, 0311)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

Wow!! I love the editorialized comments!

I could easily say this 'reporter' appears in a snit because Blair & Bush are genuine allies, verbally slammed the press, and probably is still suffering a hangover since Bush was re-elected.

Blair and Bush are my heros. No one is going to ever remember this reporter 100 years from now.


24 posted on 11/12/2004 2:34:08 PM PST by Soul Seeker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Thebaddog

I don't get your Milwaukee reference


25 posted on 11/12/2004 2:34:12 PM PST by UB355
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
With the nicknames that the President assigns to the press corps (like Bill Sammon = "Big Stretch" since he is 6'6"), maybe that reporter should be called "Poodle Doo". Can you see it? Bush points..."Poodle Doo I'll take your question after Big Stretch"...
26 posted on 11/12/2004 2:45:03 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

"I would answer that question by saying that some of the British media are, perhaps unfairly, characterized as being the poodles of Labour and the socialist left. I was wondering if that's the way you may see your relationship?"


27 posted on 11/12/2004 2:47:58 PM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BritishBulldog

ping


28 posted on 11/12/2004 2:51:58 PM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
A wide section of the British public deeply dislikes Bush, viewing him as a unilateralist. The detention of four Britons without trial at Guantanamo Bay, his refusal to sign the Kyoto global warming protocol, his rejection of an international criminal court, and his invasion of Iraq without a specific green light from the United Nations add to his unpopularity

My sympathy to the real British who have to deal with these morons much as we have to deal with out own "rodent" problem.

29 posted on 11/12/2004 2:52:00 PM PST by Caipirabob (Democrats.. Socialists..Commies..Traitors...Who can tell the difference?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

A clearly biased, yet pointless, question.


30 posted on 11/12/2004 2:53:27 PM PST by Spok (Father of four real Americans)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: IStillBelieve
Who was the reporter who asked the question?

Someone from the London Times.

31 posted on 11/12/2004 2:54:20 PM PST by Dog Gone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

Comment #32 Removed by Moderator

To: Uncledave

I think they answered his moronic question as well as could be expected. Afterwards, however, they should have had the Secret Service detain this clown on the way out and beat the S$!t out of him.


33 posted on 11/12/2004 2:58:25 PM PST by rbg81
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GianniV

Now, now. Britain has it's damfools just like we do. And they are our strongest and best ally alongside Australia.

This reporter was from The Times if I heard correctly. They usually have a left bent to their vision. Something like this from The Telegraph would have been even more disappointing.

A lot of the Brit press that I saw at that presser today epitomized smarmy. And cheap.

Prairie


34 posted on 11/12/2004 3:19:09 PM PST by prairiebreeze (George W Bush: Spending well-earned political capital.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: GianniV

I smell troll.


35 posted on 11/12/2004 3:21:39 PM PST by Sisku Hanne (Deprogramming the left, one truth at a time.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Sisku Hanne
I smell troll.

why?

36 posted on 11/12/2004 3:27:23 PM PST by andyandval (Quattro anos mas!!!!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
What a jerk this reporter is.

Agree. A rude jerk.

I bet this reporter also thinks a "statesman" was buried in a Middle East sand trap today.

37 posted on 11/12/2004 3:27:25 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
A wide section of the British public deeply dislikes Bush, viewing him as a unilateralist.

A unilateralist...how horrid. If the man would have just signed some crooked oil deals with Saddam and slipped Yasser a few bucks under the table, we could have had him over for cocktails and all would be well.

Europe isn't serious enough to avoid being conquered by Islam.

38 posted on 11/12/2004 3:30:47 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: andyandval

sorry. misinterpretation of the post. my bad.


39 posted on 11/12/2004 3:31:10 PM PST by Sisku Hanne (Deprogramming the left, one truth at a time.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: GianniV
THESE ARE THE EXACT REASONS WHY WE RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT BUSH. SO, GREAT BRITIAN, SCREW YOU.

my sentiments exactly

40 posted on 11/12/2004 3:32:01 PM PST by andyandval (Quattro anos mas!!!!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Sisku Hanne

whew. No prob.


41 posted on 11/12/2004 3:32:42 PM PST by andyandval (Quattro anos mas!!!!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

BTTT


42 posted on 11/12/2004 3:33:03 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

anyone know who did it. There was no need to phrase it that way to a guest.

I'll fax his editor a piece of my mind at such churlish childish behavior.


43 posted on 11/12/2004 3:34:46 PM PST by wildbill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

Just on Britt, the name of the reporter was David Charter of Times of London.


44 posted on 11/12/2004 4:01:34 PM PST by MKM1960
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave

The reporter obviously finished off the box of lemons (limes?) sent to the office before writing this.


45 posted on 11/12/2004 4:07:26 PM PST by GretchenM
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: IStillBelieve

The reporter was from the The Times. British.


46 posted on 11/12/2004 4:09:52 PM PST by maquiladora
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Uncledave
A wide section of the British public deeply dislikes Bush, viewing him as a unilateralist.

It's stupid statements like that, that make me wish that Roosevelt had been a "unilateralist."

47 posted on 11/12/2004 4:27:02 PM PST by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nikos1121
it explains why Kerry avoided them like the plague

Say whut?

NO journalist EVER asked Kerry a question even vaguely similar in nature. Hell, he wasn't even asked a tough question.

For example, "Senator, why do you refuse to release your official service records?"

48 posted on 11/12/2004 4:31:51 PM PST by lancer (If you are not with us, you are against us!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: IStillBelieve

Does he work for CBS?


49 posted on 11/12/2004 5:30:41 PM PST by Mfkmmof4
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: GianniV

"This paragraph sums it all up:

"A wide section of the British public deeply dislikes Bush, viewing him as a unilateralist. The detention of four Britons without trial at Guantanamo Bay, his refusal to sign the Kyoto global warming protocol, his rejection of an international criminal court, and his invasion of Iraq without a specific green light from the United Nations add to his unpopularity."

THESE ARE THE EXACT REASONS WHY WE RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT BUSH. SO, GREAT BRITIAN, SCREW YOU."

Oh nice. Is it not the case that a wide section of the American public deeply dislikes Bush for the same reasons? Not quite the majority though.

So, GianniV, screw you too!


50 posted on 11/13/2004 12:50:43 AM PST by BritishBulldog (New Labour - Putting the "National" back into "Socialist")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-58 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson