It seems like a great idea - the music industry sends a stooge down to Nashville to ask George W Bush a loaded question (in effect, 'should we be nice to music industry companies or should we be like the Axis of Evil?'). Bush, of course, would give a deft, RIAA-friendly response, press releases could be published, everyone happy.
Trouble is, they forgot that George W Bush isn't the swiftest thinker to have held the highest office in the US, and couldn't understand the question:
THE PRESIDENT: Help. (Laughter.) Maybe you've never had a President say this -- I have, like, no earthly idea what you're talking about. (Laughter and applause.) Sounds like we're keeping interesting company, you know? (Laughter.)
Look, I'll give you the old classic: contact my office, will you? (Laughter.) I really don't -- I'm totally out of my lane. I like listening to country music, if that helps.
Perhaps they'll have better luck with Dick Cheney. If they can think of a way of working "shooting" into the question.