Scottie opened today with a little announcement.
The Treasury Department is launching a Social Security website, strengtheningsocialsecurity.gov. And this is a site that will help with our outreach and education efforts to the American people. It will focus on the problems facing Social Security and the need for a bipartisan solution. The site will also serve as an information center for all the travel that’s going on over this 60-day period that we’ve previously announced. So it will track some of the events by Cabinet officials and the President and White House — senior White House officials, as well. And it will provide updates on the latest speeches and fact sheets and other materials for people to learn more about our efforts to strengthen Social Security this year.
Well, I’m sure that will be a fact-based, balanced look at Social Security and not an illegal use of taxpayer funds to promote a partisan agenda.
Now, on to bigger issues: Ms. 13 triple-E is back in town.
Q Is Karen coming back to the White House?
MR. McCLELLAN: No.
NO?!?! Who will pry junior’s fingers off of the third rail?
MR. McCLELLAN: I would say that Karen has always been a part of the team, and I’m sure she will continue to be. You asked specifically if she was coming back to the White House, and I was just answering that part of the question, no. But any announcements beyond that, obviously, will be made at an appropriate time. I do expect there’s going to be more to say soon on how she will continue to help out as part of the team.
Q But not on the White House staff.
MR. McCLELLAN: That’s correct.
Q With the administration?
MR. McCLELLAN: There will probably be more to say on it soon. But, remember, when she left the White House, she said she was moving back to Austin, but she was going to continue to be helping out, and be part of the team.
Q Isn’t she doing a private — as a private —
MR. McCLELLAN: Again, I mean, look — I expect there’s going to be more to say soon. I saw the story today in the Post, and I expect there will be more to say on it soon.
Q I’m just trying to figure out what she’s doing right now.
MR. McCLELLAN: What’s that?
Q What is her role right this minute? Is it paid, a paid consultant?
MR. McCLELLAN: Advisor. No, I don’t think she’s on any payroll at this point.
Damn, Scottie, do you have to be so coy? Or are you just a bit touchy ’cause Mr. Karen Hughes sucks all of the oxygen out of any room she enters?