As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

Goodbye Helen. Hello Connie. And Les.

The Queen is Dead. Long live the Queen!

With the Helen Thomas finally carted out of the White House on a stretcher ranting about the Jews, the new senior member of the White House press corps is Connie Lawn of Audio-Video News. Her deputy, the second longest serving correspondent, is World News Daily’s Les Kinsolving

Helen and AriOMG like what can I say? I can’t possibly be rude to people I have to work with every day. Let’s just say there is, in places on this earth, living, tangible proof of Woody Allen’s dictum that 80 percent of success is just showing up.

Connie is known around the White House press corps for making statements that prompt one to think Really? Are you sure? about her past experiences and asking questions of the White House press secretary about terrorism and the like that seem strangely related to concerns about her own personal safety.

Les is known for sonorously reading borderline insane statements – couched as questions – during the daily briefings and offering looks of deeply put-upon incredulity when the briefing ends before he is called on.

I can’t help liking them both. Well I like one them. I won’t say which.

And what do I know? For years one of the claims Connie would regularly make around the White House press room was, “Nelson Mandela used to listen to me while he was in prison.” We all just nodded our heads. Sure, Connie. One of history’s greatest figures, fumbling with his little jail cell transistor to see what Connie has to say to him. Right.

Then one day Mandela came to the White House for a visit. After meeting with the president – maybe it was George W. – he came out to greet the reporters at the mikes on the driveway.

At the end of his remarks, Connie goes walking over to him and says, “President Mandela, I’m Connie Lawn!”

Mandela hesitated for a moment. And then his face lit up:

“Oh CONNIE LAWN, I used to listen to you in prison!”

Anyway, here’s a video of the two made by the other day by the website Mediaite. It might give you some idea what I’m talking about.

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