The Syria link isn't anything new (at least according to yesterday). The use of the word "shit" isn't a scandal. Attitudes towards overlong speeches just remind me of every graduation ceremony I've been to.
What's (possibly) interesting is the way different media institutions run with it, and what happens when the barrier between "controlled" media ("PR"/spin) and "celebrity" media (that is, media which intrudes into privacy, and so here the media pouncing on an unswitched mic is akin to it/them pouncing on a celebrity spotted out jogging...)
At this point, I'd love if someone kept a minute-by-minute account of all of the news articles surrounding this. Not that I'm paranoid about the link between state and corporate media. Just sceptical. Intrigued. I would imagine that, as the link from sender to receiver is often so heavily directed, anything undirected (and, noting Bush's comments right at the bottom below, out of the usual bounds) causes a little bit of a furore in various political press offices. I can't imagine that reportage would be withdrawn, but, you know, it'd be interesting to track the changes...
ABC go for snippets and paraphrases. The Reuters article linked to from Google News says "Article not found". (Oh, here's a working link which has much of the conversation.)
Here's the text from the CNN article, anyway:
Bush: What about Kofi Annan? I don't like the sequence of it. His attitude is basically cease-fire and everything else happens.
Blair: I think the thing that is really difficult is you can't stop this unless you get this international presence agreed.
Bush: She's going. I think Condi's (U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) going to go pretty soon.
Blair: Well that's all that matters. If you see, it will take some time to get out of there. But at least it gives people....
Bush: It's a process I agree. I told her your offer too.
Blair: Well it's only or if she's gonna or if she needs the ground prepared as it were. See, if she goes out she's got to succeed as it were, where as I can just go out and talk.
Bush: See the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over.
Blair: Cause I think this is all part of the same thing. What does he think? He thinks if Lebanon turns out fine, if he gets a solution in Israel and Palestine, Iraq goes in the right way, he's done it. That's what this whole things about. It's the same with Iran.
Bush: I feel like telling Kofi to get on the phone with Assad and make something happen. We're not blaming Israel and we're not blaming the Lebanese government.
Plus some extra bits according to the Washington Post, include Bush's remarks about his and other speeches:
"No, just going to make it up," he said. "I'm not going to talk too damn long, like the rest of them. Some of them talk too long."