Today's stops on George Bush's compassioneering (© John O'Sullivan) agenda took him to a charity centre in Washington DC that hands out winter coats and then to visit wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Except that's not the only reason he went to Walter Reed. He went to get his shoulder checked out. This resulted in the following repartee with the assembled hacks --
Q How is your shoulder, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, good shape -- it's about an 80 mile-an-hour fastball.
So he's had shoulder pain for a few weeks and decided to use the trip to wounded veterans to get it looked at. Or vice versa. Presumably he has one of those "gold plated" health insurance plans that he had and John McCain have been yelling about, the ones where you could schedule a MRI anytime you want one. By the way, can he mean this fastball?