"The Shortest Distance Between Two Points Is A Straight Line:" The Toughness Of Helen ThomasAnna North10/06/09 2:20pmFiled to: The gospel of thomasHelen ThomasAnn CurryQuestionsWhite HousepresidentsJournalism28EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkWhite House press corps star Helen Thomas appeared on the Today Show this morning, ostensibly because she's Ann Curry's "inspiration" — but the always-awesome Thomas shows she's much more than that.Ann Curry simpers annoyingly throughout the interview (low moment: asking the 89-year-old Thomas what she wants people to say about her when she's dead), and she's got a lot to learn if she wants to live up to her "inspiration." Thomas, on the other hand, comes off as gracious yet direct. She emphasizes the achievements of other women journalists when Curry tries to single her out, but of the ten Presidents she has covered, she says, "I think every President could've done better." The best part, though, is when Curry asks her (again, simpering) if she thinks "if you had asked things more diplomatically, you might've gotten more of an answer?" Thomas says, "I think the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and that's the way I like to ask the questions."