In the past eight days, Mayor Mick Cornett has met with both Ellen DeGeneres and President George W. Bush.
The biggest difference between the two?
“Well, the President wasn’t wearing his pajamas,” Cornett said.
Cornett is in Washington, D.C., this week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Thursday morning, Cornett was in a group of 10 mayors who met with Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez in the White House.
About 15 or 20 minutes into the meeting, Bush came through the door. Cornett said Bush talked with the group for about 40 minutes.
“He talked about Iraq,” Cornett said. “He talked about Iran. He talked about immigration.”
Cornett said he asked Bush about a plan by the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its regulations and how it might affect cities.
“He specifically asked me how things were going in Oklahoma City, how the economy is doing,” Cornett said. “It was refreshing to see him take such an interest in what’s going on in our specific cities.”
Cornett said Bush didn’t ask him about his weight loss plan, which was the purpose of Cornett’s visit to the “Ellen” show. But Cornett said he did compliment the President on his physical fitness.
“He said he’d been working out,” Cornett said.
Bryan Dean, staff writer