The president squinched his face and bit his lip and seemed too antsy to stand still. As he searched for the name of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (“the king, uh, the king of Saudi”) and made guy-fun of one of the questioners (“Who picked Gigot?”), you had to wonder what the international financial community makes of a country whose president could show up to talk economics in the middle of a liquidity crisis and kind of flop around the stage as if he was emcee at the Iowa Republican Pig Roast.
The column is also charming proof that Collins must be a fan of the 1940 screwball comedy “His Girl Friday” and Walter J. Burns, the editor of The Morning Post, who orders an underling in the newsroom, “Take the President’s speech and run it on the funny page.”
Burns has plenty of gems like that. Here’s another: “Now, listen, Duffy — I want you to tear out the whole front page… That’s what I said — the whole front page! Never mind the European war! We’ve got something a whole lot bigger than that.”