Chief White House correspondent Martha Raddatz blogs:
I have a new cell phone. The thin kind that women can easily slip in their bags and men can slip in their pockets. But it had a problem. Even at their loudest, the standard ring tones the phone came with werenâ€™t loud enough. I was missing all kinds of calls. So I turned to my 15-year-old son Jake for some help.
He grabbed it and in no time I had a new, very loud ring tone. â€œRidinâ€™ Dirtyâ€? -- thatâ€™s all I could catch from the lyrics -- and I wasnâ€™t really listening very carefully anyway. And quite honestly, I liked it! Of course I should have been clued in when Jake couldnâ€™t stop smiling as he handed it back and said, â€œYeah, mom, this oneâ€™s perfect.â€?
But it was perfect. It was loud and thatâ€™s what I needed. And mothers have a hard enough time convincing their kids they werenâ€™t born in the stone age, so I certainly wasnâ€™t going to say â€œYou call that music!!???â€? I was also careful to put it on vibrate whenever I was in White House briefings or out in public. Until today.
Right in the middle of the briefing, with my phone in my bag (Helen Thomas was not there today so I had my bag on her empty seat), I got a call. A loud one. It seemed like forever before I finally fumbled through my bag and figured out how to shut it off. (Where was Jake when I needed him?) But Tony Snow was quick with the comeback:
MR. SNOW: As I said, Sheryl, it's one of these things that the President has made it clear that he's going to have exchanges of views, but I'm not taking you in the room with them.
(Cell phone rings.) (Laughter.) Does Martha have a hip-hop ring tone? (Laughter.) Play that funky music, white girl. (Laughter.)
But as my colleague at CBS radio pointed out: â€œIt is the first time in the history of White House briefings that the phrase, â€˜Play some funky music, white girlâ€™ has been uttered.â€?
Of course that wasnâ€™t exactly the history I was going for today.
Oh, and Jake? He got a huge laugh out of this whole thing. And lucky for him, he was in school when the phone rang, so I know it wasnâ€™t him. At least I think it wasnâ€™t him. Is there a way to tell?