Saturday, July 30, 2005

And cue the deaf-mutes

A fascinating look at Scott McClellan's week:
25 July 2005
Q Do Karl Rove and Scooter Libby still have top secret clearance here, access to classified documents?

MR. McCLELLAN: You asked this question last week, and --

Q I did. And I'm asking again.
. . .

Q Specifically on the issue David raised a minute ago, and, more broadly, is the White House committed to doing everything it can to releasing documents to clear up any confusion about Judge Roberts' past, his history, his involvement?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, it's all speculative at this point. There haven't been any requests made. But the Attorney General and Senator Thompson I think addressed our -- addressed those issues yesterday and made clear what our views are.

[Ed. note: No, not really, Scott. Except that hell will freeze over before you release any substantive papers on John Roberts.]
Q On another topic, what is the President doing to sort of mitigate the fallout from the disputes within the labor unions right now? Is he at all involved in this? Is he concerned?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I think that that's a matter for those organizations to address.

[Ed. note: But the Whit House is tickled pink that Big Labor is self-destructing. Another item to cross off on the To-Do list.]

Q But in the spirit of cooperation, and you had indicted on October 1, 2003, that the reason that the Justice Department was asked, is it okay to wait until the morning, and the answer was that it was okay, but in the spirit of cooperation, why did the notification not go out until 11 or 12 hours later?

MR. McCLELLAN: I talked about that in that briefing, and addressed all those questions at that time. And the President has made it clear that we should cooperate fully with the investigation. That's what we have done, that's what we continue to do.
. . .
MR. McCLELLAN: People in this room have the right to ask whatever questions -- have the right to ask whatever questions they want.

[Ed. note: Getting answers is a whole different ballgame, though.]

26 July 2005

Q What's the case law that establishes attorney-client privilege for the work of the Solicitor General's Office(regarding John Roberts)?

MR. McCLELLAN: There is ample case law that is available that --

Q Specifically.
. . .

Q Does the solicitor general work for the people or the President?

MR. McCLELLAN: The solicitor general represents the U.S. government in issues. And so they are the attorney for the U.S. government.

[Ed. note: Ah, Scott, you blew it! This is an easy one: the Solicitor General works for the People.]

Q On the solicitor general documents, which you are not going to release, that is non-negotiable, the end of story, as far as the White House is concerned?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think we've made our views known.
[Ed. note: Crystal clear. We're not going to get sh*t.]

Q Do you consider Iran-Contra a national security issue?

MR. McCLELLAN: I haven't even thought about that, Dana, to tell you the truth.

[Ed. note: John Roberts was part of the Reagan gang involved in it.]

Tuesday was all John Roberts, no Karl Rove, and some wind about the Boy Scouts tragedy.

27 July 2005
On John Roberts, nominee for the Supreme Court:

Q Right, I understand all that. I've heard that a million times, with all respect.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, maybe people that are watching haven't heard that, so I think it's important --

Q Well, you say it every day. My question --
. . .

Q Has Karl Rove offered to resign, in view of his problems?

MR. McCLELLAN: Again, you keep asking these questions that are related to an ongoing investigation --

Q Does he still have his security clearance?

MR. McCLELLAN: -- and those are questions that have already been addressed.

Q No, they -- I've never heard this before. Have you?

MR. McCLELLAN: The question has been asked before.

Q We haven't heard an answer.
. . .
So Wednesday was a lot about John Roberts and his papers, some geopolitics, and Rovian questions.


28 July 2005
SM: The economy remains strong, as the President has talked about in recent days. And we appreciate the strong reception that Judge Roberts has received from members on both sides of the aisle. Following on the Central American Free Trade agreement passage by the House, the President received a call from President Saca of El Salvador this morning.

[Ed. note: President Saca was reported to comment: "Holy sh*t! I can't believe you got that thing passed!"]
. . .

Q Why did the administration hold back on releasing an EPA report that acknowledges car fuel efficiency has actually decreased?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think you might want to talk to the EPA about that. I'm not sure of all the reasons on that.

Q Did the White House ask the EPA to hold it back as a way to ensure that it didn't get in the way of passage --

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't think it really has any relation to the energy bill, but you might want to talk to the EPA about it.

[Ed. note: Those crazy kooks at the EPA. Same knuckleheads who never turned their college papers in on time .]

Q I'm asking you a specific question. The two sides (U.S. and North Korea) are getting together privately. Why don't you admit that?

MR. McCLELLAN: I just said it.

Q No, you only say it within -- you're so afraid --
. . .

Q How soon will you be able to discuss it?

MR. McCLELLAN: Do you have something else?
. . .

Q Scott, last night on the Tonight Show, Jay Leno, who apparently is subbing for Johnnie, displayed a video of the President at the Capitol yesterday. In that video, the President walking away from the press lifts his hand and raises a finger. Mr. Leno interpreted it as, shall we say, a finger of hostility. Each of our fingers has a special purpose and meaning in life. (Laughter.) Can you tell us what finger it was he held up?

MR. McCLELLAN: Ken, I'm not even going to dignify that with much of a response. But if someone is misportraying something, that's unfortunate.

Okay, so Thursday was about North Korea, Bolton's recess appointment that the White House won't admit, and the "finger of hostility."




29 July 2005
SM: And with that, I will be glad to go to questions.
. . .
Q You were going to come to my question.
. . .
Q Let's not divert off of that, Scott. I was specific to this issue. Let's not get off on that.
. . .

Q Scott, The Washington Post this morning reports that, "Many days, no doubt, he" -- that's you, Scott -- "he harbors his own desires to finger his feelings about reporters." (Laughter.) That's what they reported. And my question is, since The Post also reports that "The President suddenly thrust his right hand into the air and extends a finger." White House officials yesterday said it was his thumb. Could this be interpreted as the traditional thumbs-up signal, or is it a mistake to confuse the President's thumb with his middle finger?

I have a follow up.

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, okay, I found all this kind of preposterous --

Okay, so Friday was about stem cells and fingers.

1 comment:

JulieD said...

This would make for GREAT reality tv. Turn the cameras on after the press cameras go off, too. What a circus.