Last month a student in St. Paul asked President Bush, "What's the best thing about being president?"
He answered: "Well, in the most serious vein, I love coping with the problems in foreign affairs, and I'm determined to see this program that we're working on in education -- we call it America 2000 -- be a success. We've got to do better in education, we've got to do better in fighting against drugs and crime. A president can't do all of this, but he can have a program. Then the Congress has to come and help, you see. But I like that part of the job, trying to do something that'll help somebody, trying to do something that will enhance peace."
You would not know from his remarks Wednesday night that President Bush likes working with Congress to cope with national problems. He blamed Congress for not yet concluding action on proposals he challenged it to pass in 100 days last March 6 -- 100 days ago today. He ridiculed it with, "I wasn't asking Congress to deliver a piece of hot pizza in 30 minutes." That will make a great sound bite, but it is not going to accelerate congressional action on the crime and transportation legislation the president asked for in 100 days.