Obsession Extra: Two Questions That Deserve A Separate Post

From Holden:

From today’s gaggle I bring you…

The Jeff Gannon Memorial Question of the Day

Q Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has made some extremely strong anti-American statements. Is there a concern that he could turn into the Saddam Hussein of Latin America and be a haven for al Qaeda in the months or years to come?

Hmmm. Is there a whore in the house?

How is that question whorish? Let me count the ways.

1) Saddam Hussein was a totalitarian leader helped to power by the CIA. Hugo Chavez is the popularly-elected democratic leader of Venezuela.

2) Hugo Chavez, to my knowledge, has not threatened either the United States or his neighbors. Saddam Hussein did in fact threaten his neighbors Iran and Kuwait (but of course that was more than a decade ago).

3) There is no evidence that Saddam Hussein ever provided safe haven to al Qaeda. I guess on this point Hugo Chavez is like Saddam, since Chavez has not provided safe haven to al Qaeda either.</p

OK, I’m sure I missed several points, but it’s obvious to all that Jeff Gannon still haunts the briefing room.

And finally, the question that almost made Little Scottie swallow his tongue.

Q On the U.N., would this administration favor Bill Clinton becoming U.N. Secretary General?

MR. McCLELLAN: There is a Secretary General and I addressed that issue earlier today.