April 07, 2006

Oh, and speaking of Auburn--

--this might have been sort of juvenile, I guess, but I STILL thought it was funny:

Bush greets AU swimmers
Tigers honored along with 11 other NCAA championship teams

Friday, April 07, 2006
News Washington correspondent

WASHINGTON - Auburn University's men's and women's swimming and diving teams were recognized Thursday at a White House ceremony honoring 12 NCAA championship teams from nine schools.

It was the third time the Auburn men and women have won the national title in the same year and the first time they've appeared at the White House together.

"It kind of says that, in a year of swimming, this is the year of War Eagle," President Bush said on the South Lawn.

From the presidential podium, Bush held up a tiny black men's Speedo swimsuit, a gift from Auburn backstroker Jeri Moss, 21.

"Awfully thoughtful of you," Bush said, turning to look at Moss. "I'm not going to wear it."

Moss, from Riverside, Calif., said she gave Bush the briefs inside the White House before the public ceremony. "He had a good attitude about the whole thing," she said. "He was a great sport about it."

After his speech, Bush posed for pictures with a representative of each team and more gifts. This time, Moss gave him a blue sweat jacket with "George W. Bush" embroidered under the AU logo.

"He said, `I heard you have another gift for me.' I said, `This one is a little more appropriate.' He laughed," Moss said. The men's team was represented by Kurt Cady, a senior from Las Vegas who competed in the individual medley and freestyle. He gave Bush a full body Speedo swimsuit. [...]

And hopefully, that will be another one he'll pass on wearing...

I saw the video, and Mr. Bush's reaction was quite well turned. Despite all the folks who think he's dim, he really does have a pretty good sense of comic timing if he's relaxed.

Anyway, congratulations to the team, and to Miss Moss, as well, who I will wager looks much better in a Speedo than the President.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 7, 2006 10:53 AM