Today on Holden’s Obsession with Les

From Holden:

No gaggle obsession is complete without a visit with Les Kinsolving, who is fast becoming the Jim Bunning of the White House Press corps:

Les, how are you?

Q I’m fine. (Laughter.) Thank you. Since the President once ran a professional baseball team and he is now at least a part-time resident of the District of Columbia, does he believe that the taxpayers should be beaned to build a new stadium for a privately-owned baseball —

MR. McCLELLAN: Those are local decisions, and I don’t think — I haven’t heard the — I haven’t discussed it —

Q But he’s the President and a baseball man.

MR. McCLELLAN: Okay, you ask me the questions and then you always jump in, in the middle of my response. (Laughter.) You know the kind of precedence that sets for others in this room. (Laughter.) So I haven’t talked to him about it. He does look forward to baseball coming to D.C., though.

Q All right. Does the President believe that the President of the tax-exempt and claimed to be non-profit Johns Hopkins University should be paid $897,786 a year?

MR. McCLELLAN: Are you talking about the head of Johns Hopkins?

Q That’s right. I mean, this is supposed to be — it’s a tax-exempt and it’s supposed to be non-profit. But they’re paying this guy twice as much as the President is being paid.

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t think those are presidential decisions.