on managing the game:
"It's game time'' in Iraq – where Americans are attempting to convince Iraqi leaders to forgo a summer vacation.
Vice President Dick Cheney dropped in on American military commanders in Baghdad this morning. Air Force Two landed at Baghdad International Airport at 8:56 a.m., local time, and Cheney flew by helicopter to the Green Zone, where he proceeded to the U.S. embassy.
His trip to Iraq at the start of a tour of several other Middle Eastern nations had been unannounced, just as he had traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan in February. The vice president was planning to meet with U.S. and Iraqi leaders as well as leaders of various factions in a nation besieged by sectarian violence, according to a senior administration official who spoke with reporters en route.
The vice president's message boils down to this, according to the official speaking on condition of anonymity: "We’ve all got challenges together. We’ve got to pull together. We’ve got to get this work done. It’s game time.”
So, after four years, now
it's "game time". You know, it's a poor manager who gets 3381 of his players killed during pre-game warm ups.
Dick Cheney on managing the press:
And, if Cheney was consulting with leaders in private, he wasn't taking any time for reporters' questions. After lunch came a series of "photo sprays'' and Cheney was putting his foot down about allowing questions. At one he emphasized: "This is just a photo spray.” At another, a reporter could hear him saying as they filed into a conference room that Cheney was using all day: “…Then we kick the press out.”
Casey Stengel, after a reporter asked him if his team had choked in the World Series:
Ya see, I said "fuck" to ruin his audio. Then when I started scratching my ass I was ruining his video. He ain't gonna ask me a question like that again.