I wrote a little about this at Politics Daily today, but I wanted to sort of clarify here. Here’s what I wrote about it there, for starters:
The best moment of the night, for me, was when the President good-naturedly punished Jeff Zeleny for his overwrought, four-part question about…wait, I can’t do it justice:
Jeff Zeleny: Thank you, Mr. President. During these first 100 days, what has surprised you the most about this office, enchanted you the most about serving this in office, humbled you the most and troubled you the most?
Enchanted? Um, I guess I’d have to say it’s the glass slippers the Secret Service puts on me every morning. Of course, they’re bulletproof glass, so that’s the troubling part.
I just want Jeff to know, if he’s reading this, that I totally sympathize.
I’m sure we’ve all asked questions that we wish we could take back even before we got them out. That question probably sounded great when he scribbled it on a bar napkin the night before to impress the assembled honeys.
I once asked a Governor’s chief of staff a question that had already been the subject of several news articles that I had (obviously) missed, although in my defense, it was the weekend.
I also once misidentified Joe DiMaggio as the Yankees’ captain at a press conference. Now, that’s embarrassing, and worth Bro Code demerits, to boot.
Still, “enchanted?” No dude should ever have a reason to use that word.
Update: PCL makes an excellent point. The Bro Code does allow a dude to utter any words, in any combination, in service of getting laid, but his bros must never hear of it. Like, “Wow, Misty, your poetry is enchanting” is totally acceptable.