The White House said she was rude and disrespectful. Others have said that Bush was caught off-guard by a real reporter who pressed him, in constrast to the White House press corps.
I just watched the interview, and I encourage you to watch it too, because I took away something completely different. It was clear that Ms. Coleman wanted to have a conversation, and Bush wanted to deliver stock answers to questions, one at a time. But it was Bush who was rude. Very rude. He talks to her like she's a child. He's practically mocking her, with a taunting smirk on his face through much of the interview. I don't know if he's doing that because she's Irish, or because she's a woman (perhaps it's both) but he's insulting and demeaning and I'm outraged to see Bush treating ANYONE like that, let alone because he's either an ethnocentrist and/or a sexist. It's clear that he has no respect for her at all. If I were Ms. Coleman, I would be very, very angry. In fact, I'm very angry for her.
Watch the interview, judge for yourself. The White House has posted a written transcript, but you really need to watch the interview because you don't get the feel for what happened just by reading the words. [Kevin Schofield's Weblog]