The following is available on the White House website. It is part of the transcript of the today’s presidential press conference in the Rose Garden.
THE PRESIDENT: … All we expect is people to be treated with respect and there to be self-governance in a way that tolerates differences of opinion.That Dubya is one funny son-of-a-gun. Well, I guess that also depends on your perspective. The above-named Peter is Peter Wallsten, White House correspondent for the Los Angeles Times.
Yes, Peter. Are you going to ask that question with shades on?
Q I can take them off.
THE PRESIDENT: I'm interested in the shade look, seriously.
Q All right, I'll keep it, then.
THE PRESIDENT: For the viewers, there's no sun. (Laughter.)
Q I guess it depends on your perspective. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: Touché. (Laughter.)
As Think Progress notes, “[Peter] Wallsten is legally blind. Wallsten tells us he has a rare genetic disorder called Stargardt's Disease. The disease is a form of macular degeneration that can be slowed ‘by wearing UV-protective sunglasses and avoiding exposure to bright light.’”
You can watch the video here.
“… and tell ’em Big Mitch sent ya!”