EXOP - White House Offices

Hire grumpy old codgers to manage press briefings

Instead of high-priced, highly-trained public information officers, hire dirt-cheap, grouchy old codgers, coots, and old farts to conduct press meetings. Invasive press questions can be quickly dismissed with a signature "why you ... in my day we didn't ask questions about the House Foreign Affairs Committee, we just ignored them, like you should be doing!" Then the old gentleman could make some meaningless witticism about Life During The Depression that would greatly amuse the press corps and make them glad they have Starbucks instead of coffee made from the oats siphoned from a horse's feed bucket.

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Idea No. 11876