Bush gets a dose of his own medicine

    The eavesdropping tables were turned on President Bush on Friday.
    The president apparently believed he was speaking privately when he
    talked about listening in without a warrant on domestic communications
    with suspected al-Qaida terrorists overseas. But reporters were the
    ones doing the listening in this time.

    The incident happened at a House Republican retreat. After six
    minutes of public remarks by the president, reporters were ushered out.
    “I support the free press, let’s just get them out of the room,” Bush
    said, intending to speak behind closed doors with fellow Republicans
    and take lawmakers’ questions.

    When reporters left, Bush spoke about the National Security Agency
    program that he authorized four years ago and which has drawn criticism
    from Democrats and Republicans alike.

    However, the microphones stayed on for a few minutes. That allowed
    journalists back at the White House to eavesdrop on Bush’s defense of
    the eavesdropping. His private statements were basically no different
    from what he’s said in public.

    “I want to share some thoughts with you before I answer your
    questions,” Bush began. “First of all, I expect this conversation we’re
    about to have to stay in the room. I know that’s impossible in
    Washington.”

    He was right.