Fun With Dick and Andy

Dickandy_2 A reader from Limerick, describing himself as "a former Eagles fan," writes by e-mail:

is it just me or do the Eagles post game press conferences resemble those of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld? They are all so righteous in their belief that their way is the right way, they ignore the obvious: bad game plans, ignoring the need to change strategy and course, the way they have cowered the press (they respond to legitimate hard ball questions in such a way as to suggest that dissent is impermissible), etc.

We're nothing if not game here. So I went digging through White House transcripts, videos of Andy Reid's press conferences. Found a few things:

Sunday's media conference after the Eagles loss to Jacksonville.

Q: Andy, when you say you'll do what you need to do, what DO you need to do?

A: You don't have to worry about it. I'll take care of it. I'm gonna take care of it.


White House press conference with President Bush, March 13, 2003:

Q: Do you believe the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead of alive? 

A:  ... He has no place to train his al Qaeda killers anymore. And if we find a training camp, we'll take care of it.


You get the picture. Now it's quiz time. Find out if you guessed right by clicking "continue reading."

Match the quote with the speaker:

A: "If you look at the general overall situation, they're doing remarkably well."

B: "If we choose to ignore their advice and God forbid, have an incident down the road...then everybody in this room would come back and say, 'How could you have ignored that information from all of the experts?' You now have in hand, in quotes, a sampling of highly respected people whose advice we sought before implementing this program."

C: "We will see. I am not going to prophesize to you. I am not that good. I am going to tell you that we are going to work as hard as we can and do the best we can."

D: "I'm not going to comment on hypothetical questions."

E: "They're dancing in the end zone. They just hadn't scored the touchdown. You know, there's a lot of time left."

Was it:

1. Eagles Coach Andy Reid

2. U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

3. Eagles President Joe Banner

4. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney

5. U.S. President George W. Bush

A - 4  Dick Cheney on the overall situation in Iraq. source

B - 3 Joe Banner on allowing outside hoagies into the stadium, post 9/11. source.

C - 1  Andy Reid on whether the 2005-6 Eagles were better than the team that went to the Super Bowl.  source.

D - 2 Donald Rumsfeld on reports of death squads killing Sunnis in Iraq.  source.

E - 5  President Bush on the mid-term elections. source.

Posted 10/30/2006 05:00:46 PM

Give me a break, Limerick man. Every time the Eagles lose a game this lame charge gets recycled. I suppose it would be better if Reid just ripped everyone in the organization after a bad loss. I know I've always appreciated bosses who reacted to adversity by scapegoating their employees. Anyone with half a brain understands the subtext of Reid's message. But I guess it's not good enough unless you get to see the blood in public, eh? Fun game, though, Dan. I was 1-2 on guessing the Eagles.

Sally Swift
Posted 10/30/2006 06:27:43 PM

Derek thinks we just want to see the blood in public? No. What we don't want is any more bloody "subtext." We want results. Derek's missing another key point when he compares the Eagles to all the rest of us working stiffs: we aren't paid a gazillion dollars to do our jobs on national television. Under those working conditions, losing isn't "adversity." It's the result of not getting the job done. Anyone who works in the public eye should be prepared for scrutiny when they screw up. Including their bosses. And remember, Andy Reid took the mic. Supposedly to answer questions. Which he did about as well as his team played that game.

Posted 10/31/2006 04:22:45 PM

I think the key difference between Reid and Bush is that Reid will openly claim to take responsibility for his failings, even if he refuses to do anything about them.