A U.S. president wouldn't have to adhere to the British model, where the prime minister confronts members of Parliament most Wednesdays when the House of Commons is in session. Neither Bush -- nor any other American president -- would have the time to prep for a 30-minute Q&A on a near-weekly basis. But a U.S. president could go before Congress from time to time to answer questions when he or she is trying to push through dicey legislation. Bush, for example, could have discussed the
prescription drug plan or taken on the mealy-mouthed Democrats about what should happen in Iraq.
Americans, some say, may not react well to the rowdiness of a Question Time. "There's no decorum" in the U.K.'s Question Time, noted Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. It would be "offensive" to see members of Congress jeer at an American president as members of Parliament jeer at Blair.
Well, Stern has a point. It's more accepted in this country for opponents to trash a president behind his back. Confronting a president on substantive disagreement, then giving the president the opportunity to respond, well, in America, that's just not cricket.
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