Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

In today’s gaggle Little Scottie plays dumb.

Q And did you see the reports that Iran and Syria apparently now are saying that they’re going to have some sort of cooperation with each other, because of what the U.S. is doing? You know, what — how, you know, concerned are you about that?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, I saw the statement, I guess, from an Iranian official in news reports. I’m not sure exactly what their referring to, from the comments that I saw. But our views are very clear on Syria and Iran. The President expressed those views again in the State of the Union address, when he talked about both countries. But you say they were talking about the United States?

Q They were saying they were going to —

MR. McCLELLAN: Because from what I saw, it wasn’t clear.

Q The story that we had was that they were talking about cooperating with each other because of the actions that the United States is taking against them.

MR. McCLELLAN: If they’re talking about the United States, you know, I think that it’s a fundamental misreading of the issue. Their problem is not with the United States, it’s with the international community. Both Syria and Iran have international obligations and they need to abide by the commitments they have made to the international community.

Take note of this next assertion by Scottie, and let’s hold him accountable if the facts prove to be at odds with his statement.

Q Did you see the report of them shooting at a drone, an unmanned —

MR. McCLELLAN: Did we what?

Q Did you see the reports of the Iranians shooting at a drone?

MR. McCLELLAN: The reports? No, I just saw the report out of the Iranian News Agency, where they were suggesting it was possibly a fuel tank falling out of an airplane.

Q Scott, so as far as you know, there’s no U.S. plane involved, at all; any U.S. assets whatsoever —

MR. McCLELLAN: Correct.

Finally, Scottie defends the bubble while simultaneously claiming it does not exist.

Q If the goal is to convince people who have doubts about the problem of Social Security, why do, it seems like we go to these rallies where people mostly seem to agree with the President. Why not — is there some question as to whether the President’s base of support is doubting the plan? Or at what point will you —

MR. McCLELLAN: I disagree with your characterization. One, the President is reaching out to all Americans. This is an issue that affects all Americans. So he’s reaching out to all Americans in that regard. Now, the American people expect us to solve problems and not pass them on to future generations. So I think it’s important to highlight the problems facing Social Security and have a discussion with the American people about those problems. That’s what the President’s doing.