Oh yes, Dubya’s final official WH Correspondents Dinner.
After getting punked here in ’06 (and here, at last year’s post-mid-year election Radio and Television Correspondents Association chum-fest), Dubya literally made sure, this year, he had the upper hand.
In this example, we see Bush next to one David J. Rivelli, a scholarship recipient in the process of taking a perfunctory photo with the President of the United States. According to the photo caption:
Bush quickly noticed how much taller Rivelli was and decided to gain a foot or two by standing on the chair.
In his jest (and lame-duck disinhibition), the image exemplifies Junior’s ego response when the issue — and it’s a constant one — involves his comparative stature. Further, it captures how Bush’s response to being even superficially shown up tends toward the aberrant. (You laugh, David, but look what it did to Saddam Hussein.)
But then, my all-time favorite Bush ego squeeze is below.
(image: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP. April 26, 2008. Washington. via YahooNews)