Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The dumb question of the day

From page 2 of Roger Simon's report Inside New Hampshire
At a press availability with Hillary Clinton (and, as far as I can tell, the only difference between a press availability and a press conference is that reporters get to sit down at a press conference), a reporter pointed to Clinton’s bracelet and asked: “Is that a crucifix?”

Clinton seemed a little taken aback. “I’m sorry, what?” she said.

“Is that a crucifix?” the reporter repeated.

“It’s a cross,” Clinton replied.

Clinton, who has a staggering range of knowledge and isn’t afraid to show it off, had it right, of course: A crucifix has the depiction of the body of Jesus on it and a cross does not.

But the reporter had his follow-up ready.

“Does it have religious significance?” he asked.

Everybody erupted in laughter.

Does a cross have religious significance? Is that what he really asked?

“Talk about the secular press!” Clinton said.

(via Terry Mattingly at Get Religion)

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