A typo in the official White House transcript of today’s question and answer session with Chimpy and Sharon made me chuckle. It’s in the exchange below, see if you can find it.
PRESIDENT BUSH: Do you want to call on somebody from the Israeli press?
Q Thank you to you, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT BUSH: You’re welcome.
Q Thank you. Regarding your quid pro quo letter to Prime Minister Sharon and the statement you just stated now, do you see Ariel and Ma’aleh Adumim as part of the major population centers — and I want to emphasize, as they are now, as they exist now, without any extensions?
PRESIDENT BUSH: No, I —
Q — or do you see them as an obstacle to the contiguity of a future Palestinian state?
And for Prime Minister Sharon, please (asked in Hebrew.) Thank you.
PRESIDENT BUSH: I don’t get the second part of the question.
INTERPRETER: I wanted — she wanted to ask — she wanted to ask —
PRIME MINISTER SHARON: Mr. President, I will answer the second part. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT BUSH: Okay. (Laughter.)
Q The second part was for the Prime Minister.
PRESIDENT BUSH: No, I got that part. (Laughter.) I just didn’t get the last part of the second part.
INTERPRETER: She wanted to know if you have any objections to the continuity [sic] of the —
INTERPRETER: RESIDENT BUSH: Yes, the expansion, I got that part. You asked the same question to both of us, then. No? Okay.
Can she repeat —
PRESIDENT BUSH: Never mind, that’s enough. Go ahead and answer it.