The White House every day sends out an e-mail to reporters called “The Morning Update,” a summary of positive stories about the administration and the president’s schedule.
Since President Bush’s schedule is sent out the night before separately, many reporters rarely or infrequently read the e-mail. But those who read it this morning choked on their coffee, or as one journo put it, had a heart attack.
Inserted into the president’s already announced visit to the CIA headquarters today was an event that would be of great significance: a joint press conference at Langley with Mr. Bush and Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
The immediate implication of such a press conference would have likely been a development in talks with the Koreans on how to verify North Korea’s denuclearization process.
But the White House quickly said, when asked, that the event was not scheduled and that its inclusion in the schedule was a typo.
“It was a cut-and-paste error,” said National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe.
Mr. Bush was in Seoul last week during a trip to South Korea, Thailand and China, and the copy was apparently taken from last week’s schedule, when he did have a press conference with Mr. Lee in Seoul, and inserted into today’s.
Mr. Lee, according to news reports, was in Seoul yesterday, where he met with the Chinese foreign minister.
— Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times