The Unimpressive Press Redux

Is it just me, or is the press at White House press conferences becoming increasingly less-than-cerebral with their questioning? Taking their cues from a press conference a year ago, the group on hand last night bordered on the silly at times. While last year’s questions dealt with whether or not President Bush felt sorry (for the war in Iraq), this year he was confronted with questions like this:

Mr. President, a majority of Americans disapprove of your handling of Social Security, rising gas prices and the economy. Are you frustrated by that and by the fact that you are having trouble getting attraction on your agenda in a Republican-controlled Congress?

This reporter was apparently deeply concerned whether or not the president felt frustrated. Has it really come to the point where a president’s feelings are the topic du jour for a press conference?