An­other first

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Wait­ing to start a press con­fer­ence on Dec. 8, Se­nate Demo­crat lead­ers de­cided to play­fully chide the one mem­ber who was late — Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York,whoisknown­forhold­ing­press con­fer­ences,per­hapsmorethanany other mem­ber.

“The­re­al­new­s­is­forthe­first­time inthe­his­to­ry­ofCongress,Schumer’s late for a press con­fer­ence,” in­com­ing Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid,Ne­vadaDemo­crat,tolda­room­fulof­print­re­porters,who­chor­tle­dat his joke.

Onere­porter­con­tin­uedthe­jokeby sug­gest­ing Mr. Schumer’s ab­sence may be a re­sult of the lack of tele­vi­sion­cam­erasattheevent—prompt­ing more laugh­ter from Democrats and re­porters alike.

When Mr. Schumer ar­rived a few mo­ments later, Mr. Reid re­peated the play­ful an­tics and Mr. Schumer, giv­ing only a wry smile, as­sured the print me­dia that he cares just as much for them as he does the television cam­eras.

Se­nate Demo­cratic lead­ers had some fun when Sen. Charles E. Schumer was un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally late for a press con­fer­ence.

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