What's the deal with Helen Thomas?

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Why is she still covering White House press briefings? She is 80, put her out to pasture. This morning Ari Fleisher had to help her untangle two separate questions that she got mixed together. I'm all for veneration of the elderly (a moment of veneration please) but she abuses the privelege.

-- (lars@indy.net), December 14, 2001


You just don't like her because she's a liberal, Lars. Cut her the same slack as Ronald Reagan.

-- (Algernon C. Braithewait@Cambridge.MA), December 14, 2001.

Helen was officially declared part of the White House furnishings and given an inventory number in 1998. Conservators of the National Park Service say they want to refurbish her, but the Congress will not authorize the expenditure of $86.2 million for that purpose unless she is made part of an Army Corps of Engineers dam project in Dick Armey's district. The National Park Service refuses to accept this condition and the whole issue is now before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

-- Little Nipper (canis@minor.net), December 14, 2001.

If she is part of the White House furnishings, then why didn't the Clintons steal her? Can we FedEx her to Chappaqua?

-- (lars@indy.net), December 14, 2001.

"...why didn't the Clintons steal her?"

Isn't it obvious, Lars? She clashed with the drapes.

-- Little Nipper (canis@minor.net), December 14, 2001.


-- (lars@indy.net), December 15, 2001.

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