Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Ooooo. Nice one, press corps:

Q Scott, there seems to be a lot of information that’s been coming up both on the record and on background in various media reports today that sort of trace the evolution of the latest terror alert. Does the President feel sensitive about this notion that the administration may have been politicizing some of this terror information, and about the debate that seems to be circling around that idea?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, first of all, we hope people aren’t making such an irresponsible suggestion, and we hope that people won’t try to politicize something as important and serious as this threat information.

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And the President’s most solemn obligation is to protect the American people. And this is a time when we must all work together to make sure we’re doing everything we can to meet that responsibility. And that’s what we’re doing. I would also point out that it’s because of our offensive actions abroad, that we’re better able to better protect the American people here at home, as Secretary Ridge talked about on Sunday.

Q How was that statement not politicizing a terror alert?

MR. McCLELLAN: How was what?

Q How was that statement not politicizing — basically given the administration credit for its actions in the war on terror and applying that credit to this terror alert? How is that not politicizing?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, I think it’s pointing out how — how important it is that we continue to stay on the offensive to win the war on terrorism and to better protect the American people. That is what this war is about. It’s about going on the offensive and defeating the terrorists before they can carry out their attacks on the American people. That — sorry, go ahead.