Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Today’s gaggle was so meaty it’s a real challenge to carve it down to a few juicy exchanges.

Let’s start with Chimpy’s little Chicken Little act today.

Q Before we talk about the energy, can you tell us about the security scare here this morning, what happened?

MR. McCLELLAN: Sure. And I think the Secret Service has talked about it, as well. There was a report, or an indication, that an aircraft had entered restricted airspace around the White House, and so there were some precautionary measures that were taken. It was quickly learned that it was a false alarm and that all was clear in a very short amount of time. And everything is fine.

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Q How long was the President in the PEOC [President’s Emergency Operations Center]?

MR. McCLELLAN: Very short amount of time.

Q Was it one or two planes? Some reports said two planes.

MR. McCLELLAN: There was an indication that an aircraft, so I’m referring to one, but they’re looking into exactly what it was at this point.

Q The Vice President —

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m sorry?

Q Both the President and the Vice President were moved?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes, that’s correct.

Q But, Scott, some of the Secret Service are saying that it might have been a radar anomaly. And it’s happened before where nothing is —

MR. McCLELLAN: That’s why I said they’re looking into it to determine exactly what it was.

Q But is there a concern that if there is a radar anomaly that you’re jumping every time, and it might be nothing? Is there concern that the system is flawed?

MR. McCLELLAN: No, we appreciate the precautionary steps that the Secret Service took. They do an outstanding job and they took some precautionary steps. And I think you saw what a great job that they do.

HA! Little Scottie is turning into Little Pissy as you can tell from the next set of questions about gas prices.

Q Scott, as it relates to the gas situation, short-time gas situation, what does the White House consider affordable for all socioeconomic levels in this country as you’re talking about possible — to have affordable gasoline? It sounds like you’re looking for a rollback in prices. What is the price that’s —

MR. McCLELLAN: As you’re aware, the government doesn’t set the price. What we have is a shortage of supply, and that’s why energy prices are so high. That’s something I addressed at the beginning in my remarks. And what we want to see is those prices come down. We want to see more affordable gas prices for Americans, because it is something that has a direct impact on families who are struggling to make ends meet, and small businesses that are working to grow and hire new people. It is something, as I have previously said, is a drag on our economy.

Q But coming down to what? What is — $1.46 for 2000 was the price of gas in America when President Bush took office. Was that affordable? And what are you looking for in 2005, with inflation going up — what do you look at as affordable? You keep talking about it’s too high; give us your scale, give us your ratio, what’s too high versus what’s affordable.

MR. McCLELLAN: Maybe you didn’t hear me a minute ago, but the government doesn’t set the price.

Q I heard you, but what is affordable?

MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead, John.

Hoo-hoo! Scottie is not a happy lying bastard today, is he.

Now, time for more lies about the Denver Three.

Q Back on March 21st, the President was in Denver doing an event. At that event three Denver residents were removed by somebody working on behalf of the President who is now being investigated for impersonating a Secret Service officer. I understand the White House knows who this person is. Will you tell us who this is? And will you, more importantly, explain what role the White House has in recruiting —

MR. McCLELLAN: Sure.

Q — and training volunteers at these events? Is the White House encouraging people to screen or expel people from the President’s events based on their point of view?

MR. McCLELLAN: Let me — and I think I’ve talked about this issue before. But, first of all, let me just walk back through it because I think that’s the best place to start. My understanding that a volunteer at this event — and let me — I need to back up before that. We use a lot of volunteers at events to help us in a number of different areas because you obviously have — you tend to have a lot of people come into the event, a lot of logistical support that you need, and so we do rely on volunteers to help in a lot of different ways at events.

Now, in terms of this issue, my understanding is a volunteer was concerned that these three individuals were coming to the event solely for the purpose of disrupting it. And if people are coming to the event to disrupt it, they are going to be asked to leave. There are always protest areas set up outside the events where people can express their views.

These three individuals acknowledged that they were coming to the event to disrupt it. They stated that publicly in some of the initial reports. And so my understanding is the volunteer was concerned about these individuals, and that’s why he asked them to leave.

Q Does the White House have any role in telling volunteers at these events, screen people that you think might be disruptive?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know if I’d view it that way. If we think people are coming to the event to disrupt it, obviously, they’re going to be asked to leave. And if they do disrupt it, they will be asked to leave, as well. There’s plenty of opportunity for people to express their views outside the event. That’s why areas are set up for that sole purpose.

But again, these three individuals acknowledged that they were coming to the event to disrupt it. And in terms of who this individual was, I don’t think that really serves any purpose to get into that publicly, other than to help advance the political agenda of these three individuals.

Scottie, listen: you guys, with all your lying and stonewalling, are the ones who are helping to “advance the political agenda of these three individuals.” Impersonating a federal agent is a serious crime, somebody is going down for this and you better watch out for the blowback.