Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

The press corps is finally pressing Little Scottie a bit more on the bubble, or more specifically on the assministration’s practice of preventing American citizens from attending taxpayer-funded events with their president.

And of course Little Scottie is a big fat liar.

Q Scott, do you know who is dispensing tickets to this event?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think it was given to — Senator Grassley’s office had a lot of the tickets and was distributing those tickets. I imagine some of the tickets were given to the community college, as well.

Q Has the White House provided the Congressman, or anyone else, with guidance on who the tickets should go to?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think that when we give — I mean, we tend to give tickets to any congressional office that asks or requests tickets to come to the event. Like I said, in Memphis, for instance, Congressman Ford wanted to come to the event and he got 40 or 50 tickets. And these are tickets for them to distribute as they see fit. I think Senator Grassley — you might want to talk to his office about who all they distributed it to, but I imagine that they distributed it to a number of people.

Q Did the White House condone the —

MR. McCLELLAN: People with different views, I should say.

Q Did the White House condone the decision of somebody in Denver to evict some people because of a bumper sticker they had?

MR. McCLELLAN: A couple things. One — well, let me back up, to finish. Typically, when we go into areas, I mean, tickets are given to congressional office so they can distribute them. They tend to be given to local community organizations, as well, maybe chambers of commerce. Like when we went to Notre Dame University, some tickets were given to the University, as well, for them to distribute, as they saw fit, as well. So that’s kind of the general process for the ticket distribution.

In terms of the events, themselves, I do want to make clear that we welcome a diversity of views at the events. These are conversations that are aimed at educating the American people about the problems facing Social Security. And they’re also aimed at talking to seniors and reassuring them that, for them, nothing changes. There are a lot of scare tactics, as you have seen, out there, aimed at seniors. And the President — part of this is about reassuring seniors.

Now, in terms of — coming back to your question on Denver, I did look into that a little bit more yesterday, a few of you all called my office to talk about it. My understanding is that it was a volunteer involved in that matter. My sense is that the volunteer thought that these individuals, these three individuals were coming to the event to disrupt it. And those individuals — I think if you look at some of the early news reports even said something to that effect. Now, we welcome a diversity of views at events, but if people are coming to the event to disrupt it, that’s another matter. If they want to disrupt the event, then I think that, obviously, they’re going to be asked to leave the event. There is plenty of opportunity for them to express their views outside of events; there are protest areas.

I think that, to a large extent, this is more of a few individuals trying to divert attention from the real issue here. And the real issue here is how do we fix Social Security. And this is a priority for the President. The American people recognize more and more that there are serious challenges facing Social Security, and that’s where our focus is, continuing to talk about how we work together in a bipartisan way to get something done.

[then later…]

Q Can I just clarify something from your comments about people who are invited to these events. People who come to these events who plan to — you know, who — there’s been a couple of instances where people come, stand up and, you know, kind of heckle — they’re called “hecklers.” But people who come to these events, who challenge the President on this issue, are they disrupting the event? Are they —

MR. McCLELLAN: What do you mean by “challenge” the President on this issue?

Q Say, well, you know, why would you take away Social Security or, you know —

MR. McCLELLAN: If they’re standing up and disrupting an event, like I said, they’re going to be asked to leave.

Q So anyone who speaks out, out of turn, is disrupting and they’re going to be asked to leave; is that how you —

MR. McCLELLAN: These are conversations. And the conversations are the participants on the stage, talking with the President. Like I said, I think that what we’re talking about here is a few individuals who are intent on diverting attention away from the real issue before the American people, and that is how do we fix Social Security. We welcome a diversity of views coming to the event. But if it gets to the question of crossing that line into disrupting the event, that’s another matter.

Q Did the three people in Denver fall into that category?

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m sorry?

Q Did the three people in Denver fall into the category that you just described?

MR. McCLELLAN: Look, I don’t know the full circumstances of it. There are different sides to the story, I recognize that. But those individuals, themselves, said that their intent of coming to the event originally was to disrupt it.

Yes, dear friends, Scottie is lying to you. But then again, he is paid $125,000 a year to lie to you, so it should come as no surprise. However, the Denver Three went to Chimpy’s Baboon-a-palooza event planning to expose the t-shirts they wore under their clothing, t-shirts that said, “Stop The Lies”. Is wearing a t-shirt disruptive? Any reasonable person would say no.

The press corps is indeed sharpening their questions about Baboon-a-palooza, just read this exchange.

Q Are we hearing any new language today?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, it’s conversation, so it’s not formal, prepared remarks, per se.

Q It’s not scripted? (Laughter.)

The press noticed the Chimnpster’s falling approval rating, which has miraculously transformed Little Scottie into an expert on polling methodology.

Q The President’s numbers have been falling. Do you attribute that to the Social Security debate?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I would point out in one of the recent polls I saw, from one week to the next, there was a 5 percent increase in Democrats and a 3 percent decrease in Republicans. I mean, it’s just something to note. First of all, we don’t get caught up in the week by week polling that goes on. The President is going to continue leading and acting on the big priorities for the American people, and those priorities are working to spread freedom abroad, to make the world a more peaceful place, and working to expand freedom at home through efforts like strengthening Social Security and giving people more ownership over their own retirement savings.