The Precious Ability to Shut Up

Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.

– Paul Miller (attributed)

Better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

– Mark Twain (attributed)


Here’s a thought experiment, a little game, for [both of] qb’s readers.

Try think of a single question that a member of the White House press corps might ask that would be likely to elicit a response from the president along these lines:

“Your question pertains to matters outside my personal knowledge and official purview, and so I don’t believe it would be appropriate for me to respond to it.  Next question?”


No, I’ve wracked my brain, too, and I can’t think of one.  Incredible.


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