Vieira: President Bush 'Not Exactly' Like a Dog With His Tail Between His Legs [Video]

As Americans, we all enjoy the right to criticize the president. But particularly on august occasions like the State of the Union, most agree that the office of the presidency is entitled to a modicum of respect. Or not -- at least in Meredith Vieira's case.

David Gregory set the stage on this morning's "Today,"with his depiction of W's mood:

"The president was more modest in his approach, he appeared humbled, a real sense that he reconizes that it's going to be difficult to keep both Democrats and Republicans on board here as he tries to persuade the country to stick with him on Iraq."

That's when Vieira put her own vulgar stamp on matters:
"Yeah, not exactly like a dog with his tail between his legs but obviously no posturing, either."
Video here

There are times when I find Vieira's earthiness a refreshing change from her more buttoned-down predecessor. Then there are other times.

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