Of Course the President Remembers You!

This Minneapolis restroom isn't getting much rest.
This Minneapolis restroom isn't getting much rest. (By Andy King -- Associated Press)
By Al Kamen
Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Okay, so maybe we're a little slow sometimes picking up on real news. But at least our memory is a tad better than President Bush's.

We just came across this interview he gave to Asian journalists in the Roosevelt Room on Aug. 30 before heading to Australia for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

One of the journalists asked Bush about Malaysia, and Bush extolled his wonderful relationship with Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a real close pal.

"I respect Prime Minister Badawi, admire his leadership," Bush said. "When his wife died, I tried to call him early just to let him know I cared about him."

"He has remarried," one of the journalists told him.

"Has he?" Bush asked. "Good. I'll congratulate him. Thanks for giving me that heads-up. Don't put that in the article that you had to tell me that. You can put it in there if you want. I'll be glad to -- I'm going to congratulate him. That's neat."

"You did, sir," interjected National Security Council aide Dennis Wilder.


"You did congratulate him."

"Exactly. I'm going to congratulate him again," Bush said, trying to recover as the journalists laughed. "I'll double the congratulations. That's right, I did write him a note. I forgot. Did I call him or write him a note?"

"You wrote him a note," Wilder said.

"That's right, yes. Sent him a couple flowers."

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