WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) visited the White House on Friday for the second day in a row, prompting a reporter, Phil Jones of CBS News, to ask him at a news conference what Vice President George Bush, a competitor for the GOP presidential nomination, thought about this turn of events.
Without a pause, Dole quipped: "He wasn't there today. It was a leadership meeting." With that, he beat a hasty exit.
Moments later, before the laughter among reporters had vanished, he sent his press secretary, Walt Riker, back into the room to shout over the din: "Thanks, Phil!"
Dole later explained: "(If) they throw you a little softball, you might as well hit it out of the park."