Washington DC - White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer held the
press corps in awe for approximately 15 minutes by producing a bright,
shiny object from his pocket during his daily press briefing Monday.
Dangling the object from a chain, Fleischer waved it back in forth
in front of the members of the press.
to revealing the object, Fleischer was being questioned by CNN correspondent
Hugh McDowell. "Mr. Fleischer, some political analysts are saying
the President's hawkish stance on Iraq and North Korea is an attempt
to sidetrack the American public's attention to the failing War on
Terror and the sagging economy. How does the President respond to
Fleischer then pulled the shiny object from his pocket, followed
by excited tittering from the press pool.
The bright, shiny object, carried live on national television, seemed
to have a calming effect on otherwise disgruntled Americans.
Bob Higgins, a truck driver from Richmond, VA, was watching the
conference at "The Rusty Skillet", a diner in Arlington. "I
don't believe a word this guy is saying," Higgins said in response
to Fleischer's defense of the Bush Administration's economic policy. "We're
not on the rebound. My brother and two of my cousins just got laid-off
After Fleischer produced the shiny object, Higgins said, "What
the hell is that? Wow. What IS that? It's bright. It's shiny!" and
tried grabbing the object through the television screen.
Maria Lopez, investment banker and a patron at The Rusty Skillet,
was also watching the press conference. Lopez was talking about how "this
talk of war with Iraq seems like such a political ploy" when
the shiny object caught her attention. Lopez stared at the object
on the screen for the next several minutes with her mouth hanging
open and fumbled with her purse looking for her credit card.
When asked about her views on Fleischer's comments, Lopez responded, "Wha?
I dunno. Want thingy," pointing to the TV and shook her head
rapidly while blinking.
In an interview later that day, when asked about Fleischer's bright
shiny object, Vice President Cheney reached into his pocket and produced
another one. "You mean this?" he asked.
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