The Democratic National Committee observed the first 500 days of the Bush administration this week by issuing a critical report entitled "500 Days of Haze: Still Looking for the Bush Presidency."

The DNC had issued the study last week, but it was a secret.

The DNC held a news briefing May 31, first day of the U.S.-Soviet summit, and Chairman Ronald H. Brown found himself in the awkward position of criticizing President Bush while the president was talking world peace with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Brown decided the "honorable" path would be to ask reporters to keep quiet about criticisms such as "this is a presidency of sound bites and photo opportunities" until the summit ended.

Brown said the study, which pokes fun at Bush while accusing him of budget, environmental and other failures, "demonstrates that we have begun to document significant problems with leadership . . . that this administration is more interested in public relations than leadership."

Not surprisingly, the document did not convince Leslie Goodman, press secretary for the Republican National Committee. "It's 114 pages of smoke," Goodman said. "I feel sorry for the Democrats if they have been reduced to bashing Lee Greenwood, the Easter Egg Roll and Millie's puppies."