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.