GEORGE W. Bush, like most pollies, has no real love for the press that dogs his every step, but at least our elected leaders don't try to physically flatten critics. Touring a Caterpillar factory in Illinois yesterday, the US Commander-in-Chief got behind the wheel of a giant tractor and played chicken with reporters. "I would suggest moving back," Bush said as he climbed into the cab of a massive D-10 tractor, "I'm about to crank this sucker up." As the engine roared to life, White House staffers tried to steer the press corps to safety, but when the tractor lurched forward, they too were forced to scramble. Even the Secret Service got involved, as one agent began yelling at reporters to get clear of the tractor. Watching the chaos below, Bush looked out the tractor's window and laughed, steering the huge machine into the spot where most of the press corps had been positioned. Bush was still laughing when he pulled to a stop. He gave reporters a thumbs-up. "If you've never driven a D-10, it's the coolest experience," he said.
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