On Saturday, the Arizona Star reported that President Bush asked the audience to turn off recording devices at a Friday fundraiser, afraid that his remarks could be posted to YouTube:
So sensitive were Republicans about information getting out about the goings-on at the Tucson fundraiser hosted by President Bush Friday morning, even W. himself made sure to ask the 400 or so people at the event to turn off any recording devices.
“I don’t know a lot about technology,” the president said, according to one insider, “but I do know about YouTube.”
President Bush’s technological incompetence is long-standing; his familiarity with YouTube seems to be a new development. After CNN held the first-ever YouTube Democratic presidential debate, former White House press secretary Tony Snow was asked, “Did [Bush] watch the debate?” Snow responded, “I don’t think so. I don’t think he’s big on YouTube debates.”