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Forget the Middle East, What's Up With Mel?

8/2/2006 3:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

President George Bush was asked if Mel Gibson "should be forgiven" at a press event at the White House today. The event marked the last press briefing in the West Wing before the press room was to be remodeled.

Bush was asked the question -- by whom, we can't tell -- and got a good laugh out of it. It seems the question may have come from newsman Sam Donaldson, to which Bush replied, "Is that Sam Donaldson? Forget it, you're a has-been. We don't have to answer has-been's questions."

The press corps got quite a kick out of the whole thing.

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16.

Smokie    

Everyone is prejudiced behind closed doors. Big deal.

3006 days ago
17.

Stacey    


I watched the Press conference -
When Bush did not answer Sam Donaldson's question - It seemed like more display of Bush's arrogant behavior. A reinforcement of his belief that he does not have to answer questions from anyone.
You can bet Bush is happy not to have the hard questions being asked of him regarding policy and what his beliefs might be. The press room's untimely move out of the White House -should be a call of concern to these journalists on the press corps, not a reason to be taken lightly and joked about in silly bantering.
Who is kidding who here, can there really not be any space at all in the White House for the unbiased FREE Press to meet and get updates from the Government?
How timely is this arrangement going to be regarding the citizens having access to what is taking place in the White House. You can bet his personal PR -spin people will have even more time now to do what they will - with what the White house staff wants to release on all three networks.
Sure seemed like the renovation will take a very long time. How about some investigative reporting on that? Who is doing the work? How about some following of the money, how much is really going to be spent on those new "State of the Art" goodies? They seem like timely promises (bribes to distract) the press with - all while W's staff escorts the Press off the property and mission accomplished, Free Press in our Country distanced even more from doing the job of reporting what our elected (I joke here) officials are doing.
No, I do not forgive Mel - he spoke his beliefs - A bigot he is.
No, I do not forgive Woody Allen, - as infamous as Mel will turn out to be. - I used to like his movies also. NOT ONE DIME!
Nor do I forgive the US Press for not doing their jobs and investigating prior to reporting as truth what ever they are spoon fed.
Press Conference - When and Where? We would really like to see some. Oh I forgot the Prez is on vacation. Thats right he gave an invite at the end to them all to come see him in Crawford. ugh.....

3006 days ago
18.

Whatever    

bush is so stupid.

3006 days ago
19.

ROBIN    

Hey #15...No Bush is not stupid...just people like you! IDIOT!

3006 days ago
20.

Sonja    

Who among the "rich and famous", hasn't let the alcohol speak for them before?? not only the
"rich and famous", but Joe Blow as well. Everyone that has drank alcohol before is guilty of
saying something stupid, that they regret the day after. Mel is a great actor, and yes, he should pay for the DUI, and the apologies, I believe are sincere, so people let it go. He is not the first or last to become a "topic".

3006 days ago
21.

Jade    

HEY MEL, AS FAR AS I CAN SEE YOUR STILL A GREAT ACTOR WITH SOME PERSONAL PROBLEMS. AS LONG AS YOU WANT RESOLVE THEM YOU DO HAVE TO GET HELP. AS FOR YOUR PERSONAL DON'T ALWAYS LOOK AT JUST THE PRETTY WHO U AND I KNOW ARE JUST GOLD DIGGERS AND THAT IS WHY THEY USE THEIR LOOKS AND THEIR CHAT BOX.
THERE ARE SOME FAMOUS CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE MEET JUST REGULAR NORMAL PEOPLE
AND SOME HAVE GOTTEN MARRIED. DO YOU SEE THEM IN THE PAPERS AND IN COURT?
YOU HAVE ENOUGH EXPERIENCE WITH FEMALE COMPANY AND YOU SEE WHERE IT HAS GOTTEN YOU. SO, PLEASE START ON YOURSELF. IF, YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET A NORMAL AMER.BORN HAWAIIAN/ASIAN. JUST LET ME KNOW. IF, YOUR WILLING TO TAKE THE CHANCE LET ME KNOW. YOU JUST NEED TO GET AWAY FROM LIGHTS AND CAMERAS FOR AWHILE. AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG ABOUT SPEAKING OUT HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT OTHER RACES. I'M SURE OTHERS WOULD LIKE TO DO THE SAME THING, BUT DON'T HAVE THE BALLS. JUST KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND LOOK TO THE
SKY. IT DOESN'T COST A PENNY, IT'S FREE FOR THE TAKING.
LOVE AND A ADMIRER.

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