I met the president within minutes of going to 'work' in the White House. My first morning there, he flew to Annapolis to give the commencement address at the Naval Academy, and Pierre [Salinger] invited me to come along with the press pool in the press helicopter. When I got back to the White House, Pierre [Salinger] took me in to meet the president. He was the handsomest man I had ever seen.
From New York Times essay, May 18, 2003.