'We're making it up as we go along'
Thus Vince Cable unwittingly summed up the launch of what Whitehall has dubbed The Coalition's (capital "T" and capital "C") programme for government.
The business secretary was not, I should stress, making a political comment. He was instead reacting to the home secretary's offer to fill for time while he fumbled with his microphone.
However, the first coalition in 65 years is, of course, having to make things up as it goes along since there's no-one alive and active in politics or the civil service with any experience of forming a coalition in Westminster. If it weren't for the lessons learned in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly, goodness knows where we'd be.
The prime minister chided the media for churlishness when reporters pointed out that many difficult decisions - on social care, human rights and splitting up the banks - have been handed to commissions to sort out. He pointed out that The Coalition had come up with a detailed programme with very few decisions postponed in just nine days compared with the 40 or even 80 it can take for coalitions in other countries.
Coalition, David Cameron says, is "a new world... a state of mind... something we'll all have to get used to". What's intriguing is to observe who is comfortable in the new world and who is not. Vince Cable looks uncomfortable sharing a platform with the Tories while Nick Clegg can't stress enough how much agreement he's discovered between the two parties and how he hopes "to share a platform of success" with the Conservatives at an election in five years' time.
A week ago, it was the new PM who looked most starry-eyed about his new political romance. Since then, however, he's been teased by some close to him that he risks looking like the boy at school who's got a new girlfriend and can't stop boasting about it. So today he was careful to stress that he remained leader of the Conservative Party, to acknowledge that there have been policy losses as well as gains in forming a coalition, and that he was not picking a fight with anyone.
What makes The Coalition such a gripping spectacle is that they and we have no idea whether what they make up as they go along will work tomorrow - let alone next week or next year.