Helen THOMAS considered George Bush “the worst president ever”. |
In a January 2009 commentary, she slammed Bush for what she considered his failings, including leading the country “into a senseless war against Iraq, a calamity still under way as he leaves office almost six years after the invasion.”
One afternoon in October 2009, she targeted President Barack Obama’s spokesman, Robert Gibbs, during the daily briefing.
Health care reform was being debated at the time, and Thomas asked Gibbs every day whether a public option would be part of the package.
In the back-and-forth that ensued, Thomas said that she already had reached a conclusion but could not get a straight answer from the presidential spokesman.
"Then why do you keep asking me?" Gibbs inquired.
"Because I want your conscience to bother you," Thomas replied.
The room broke into laughter as Gibbs turned red.