Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

A pretty boring gaggle today, although Little Scottie and the press corps seem to have enjoyed discussing the ongoing cabinet shakedown:

Q Have you been informed of Tommy Thompson’s resignation?

MR. McCLELLAN: I believe Secretary Thompson has a news conference at 2:00 p.m. this afternoon. And I think out of respect for the announcement that he will be having at that time, I will defer on all questions for now.

Q How many more? (Laughter.)


Q Scott, this transition process has been described to us as an orderly process overseen by the Chief of Staff. But with half or more now of the Cabinet secretaries having announced their resignations, and certainly more to come, are we about to — have we reached the point where this becomes less of an orderly process and more of a stampede that’s going to impinge on the transition process?


Q On the Cabinet shuffling, I’m wondering why the President wants these big, sweeping changes to his Cabinet.

MR. McCLELLAN: Why the President wants — I’m sorry?

Q So many changes to his Cabinet.

(Telephone rings.)

MR. McCLELLAN: Maybe that’s the answer there on the phone. (Laughter.)