Interns Filled Out Seats for Bush Press Conference

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 9:53 PM CST
President George W. Bush speaks during a news conference, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – When President Bush called a press conference yesterday to defend his legacy, he apparently overestimated the interest. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post notes that the White House had strict rules in place restricting news organizations to one seat each. Extras would have to stand. "But when the appointed hour of 9:15am arrived, the last two rows in the seven-row briefing room were empty, and a press aide told White House interns to fill those seats," Milbank notes.