What is it about Bertie Ahern and White House visits? 5 years ago he was there in the midst of the start of the Iraq invasion and we all know how well that turned out. Today he is there with financial markets imploding and Bush preoccupied with trying to find more effective "soothing" words for the market than his disastrously detached Friday speech in Manhattan. Another argument for having a new face there next year.
UPDATE: Bush's soothing words include apparent amazement that people work on weekends --
And I want to thank you, Mr. [Treasury] Secretary, for working over the weekend.